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How To Prevent Your Dog From Getting Lyme Disease

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…
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Can Your Dog Get Lyme Disease?

Can Your Dog Get Lyme Disease?

The short answer is… Yes. Here’s what you need to know: Although Lyme disease is among the most common tick borne illnesses globally, only about ten percent of affected dogs show symptoms. This disease is caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi that resides inside the tick and then gets transmitted into the dog’s bloodstream via a tick bite. This is the very same bacteria that causes Lyme disease in humans. Once the bacteria is in the bloodstream, it travels to various parts of the dog’s body and can cause inflammation in joints, problems in various organs and overall systemic illness…
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How To Remove A Tick From Your Dog

How To Remove A Tick From Your Dog

With warmer weather well on the way in many parts of the U.S., tick season is fast approaching. And they are everywhere....from grass to forests to lawns and even beaches and cities.  With over 200 different species of ticks in the U.S. alone, each one capable of harboring pathogens that can infect both dogs and people with diseases such as Lyme, ehrlichiosis and babesiosis, you need to know how to quickly and safely remove these pests from your dog. Ticks vary greatly in size, from nearly impossible to see to the size of the end of your little fingertip. Fortunately,…
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