How To Prevent Your Dog From Getting Lyme Disease

We’ve already looked at how ticks can infect your dog with the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, the symptoms, treatment and also the harm this disease can inflict on your canine companion.

Let’s turn our attention now to the ways in which you can prevent your dog from getting Lyme disease:

One – Make it a habit to throughly inspect your dog for ticks after he comes in from walking through grass or in the woods. You’ll want to be sure to carefully look at his feet and between his toes, around his eyes, his lips, the outside and insides of his ears, under his tail and also near the anus. We even saw a photo recently of a tick embedded in a dog’s gum near one of his teeth!

Two – If you do find a tick, remove it immediately. When a tick bites your dog it takes some time for the tick borne bacteria to be transmitted so the faster you find and remove them, the less chance your dog has of becoming ill.

Three – Get a proper pair of tick removal tweezers and learn how to remove the ticks safely.

Four – Ask your veterinarian about tick and flea preventative medications that would be the most suitable for your dog.

Five – Keep the grass around your house mowed as short as you possibly can and avoid walking with your dog in grassy or wooded areas whenever possible.

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By Ellen Britt

Dr. Ellen Britt has loved dogs since she was a child. She is particularly fond of the Northern breeds, especially Alaskan Malamutes. Ellen worked as a PA in Emergency and Occupational Medicine for two decades and holds a doctorate (Ed.D.) in biology.

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