Lyme Disease Vaccine For Dogs
Parasites feed on the blood and general health of your pet. This is dangerous in itself, but even worse, some parasites can carry disease-causing bacteria.
Most prominently, ticks can carry a serious sickness known as Lyme borreliosis, or Lyme disease. Only two species of ticks carry this bacteria: the black-legged tick (deer tick) and the western black-legged tick. They tend to live in tall grass and they are more common in coastal states.
The best way to prevent Lyme disease is to practice tick and flea prevention. Frequently inspect the skin and fur of your pup. Regular lawn maintenance is also advised.
However, it’s a good idea to get him vaccinated if there is a high tick population in your area, or if your pup is exposed to woods and fields.
What Is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease is caused by a bacterium called Borrelia Burgdorferi, which is transmitted through the bite of a tick. Infection occurs after the tick is attached for 24-48 hours.
Humans cannot contract Lyme disease from an exposed dog. But if your dog carries an infected tick inside, you could likely be at risk of catching the parasite.
Typical symptoms of Lyme disease include:
- Inflamed joints
- Limping or dragging paws
- Stiff or awkward gait
- Restlessness or lethargy
- Swollen lymph nodes
- Loss of appetite
In more severe cases, your dog might be sensitive to touch and have difficulty breathing.
Even after treated, Lyme disease can lead to kidney disease. If your pup is experiencing vomiting, diarrhea, significant weight loss, increased urination and thirst, and abnormal fluid buildup, call your vet immediately.
Does My Dog Need The Lyme Disease Vaccine?
Thankfully, Lyme disease is treatable. Your vet will prescribe an oral antibiotic for your dog, and possibly an anti-inflammatory to help ease discomfort.
The best medicine is always prevention, which is why many vets recommend the Lyme disease vaccine for dogs. It works by preparing their immune system to better fight off the bacteria after exposure.
This is a non-core vaccine, meaning it is not legally required. But for high-risk pets, the vaccine is strongly recommended. If your dog stays indoors most of the time, he is at low risk and the vaccine is less necessary.
Vaccine & Wellness for Pets in Frederick, Maryland
Regular wellness examinations, as well as up-to-date vaccines, are essential for your pet to live a long, healthy, happy life. Old Farm Veterinary proudly offers these services to cats and dogs in Frederick, Maryland.
We’d love to discuss more with you about the Lyme disease vaccine, or any other questions you might have. Call now.