Lyme Disease Awareness
A simple tick bite can completely turn a life around. More people need to be aware of the risks and symptoms associated with Lyme Disease, and the tick bite it comes from.
The month of May is designated as Lyme Disease Awareness Month in order to spread awareness worldwide about the disease, and how to prevent a tick bite.
The disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by deer ticks. Although there is a heavier presence on the East Coast of the United States, Lyme is found throughout the entire country and in more than sixty countries throughout the world.
Additionally, it’s not just a disease that affects humans. Lyme Disease in dogs is one of the most common tick-transmitted diseases to exist.
Lyme Disease in Dogs
It’s important to keep your dog treated and protected from ticks and fleas year-round!
Typically, less than 10% of dogs affected by Lyme Disease show symptoms or signs. A common “red flag” is joint inflammation which causes what is called “shifting-leg lameness.” Other signs your dog may be infected are swollen, warm joints, an arched back and stiff walk, loss of appetite, or sensitivity to touch.
If you think your pet may have any of these symptoms, it’s never a bad idea to take him or her to the veterinarian to get checked out!
While the disease is not contagious, if your dog is diagnosed with it, there’s a chance other pets and people in your home were exposed to tick bites, too. It’s recommended for everyone in your home to get checked, just to be safe.
This Awareness Month is a great reason to become more familiar with the risks, symptoms, and treatments associated with Lyme Disease!