Tick Dangers for Dogs
As summer gets into full swing here in Santa Clarita, there’s no doubt you and your best four-legged friend will be spending plenty of time on hiking trails, in parks, and in your own backyard enjoying the beautiful weather. However, with warm weather, ticks can be one of the biggest dangers your dog will face. Whether it’s Lyme disease or other serious conditions, ticks on dogs can lead to many numerous situations arising. To find out more about the various tick dangers and how they can affect your dog, read our tips and advice here.
One of the most common diseases transmitted by ticks, Lyme disease is considered one of the biggest tick dangers your dog will face. However, while commonly transmitted, it produces symptoms in only about 10 percent of affected dogs. The most common symptoms include lameness due to inflammation of joints, lack of appetite, and depression. In more serious cases, your dog could suffer kidney damage or damage to their heart or nervous system.
Diagnosing Lyme Disease
If your dog is exhibiting signs of arthritis that have come on suddenly, it’s a good idea to pay a visit to your veterinarian. By performing blood tests, urinalysis, x-rays, and other tests, your vet will be able to make an accurate diagnosis. If your dog is diagnosed with Lyme disease, the good news is that the condition can usually be treated on an outpatient basis, using a combination of antibiotics and anti-inflammatory medications. Treatment usually takes about four weeks, although it can be longer in more serious cases.
Preventing Lyme Disease
To lessen the danger of finding ticks on dogs, take certain precautions with your dog. For starters, don’t let your dog roam around in areas where ticks are common, and always check your dog’s coat and skin after being outside. If any ticks are found, remove them by hand.
Along with this, keep your yard and surroundings free of waste, since the bacteria could create favorable conditions for ticks. To ensure your yard stays as clean as possible, contact us here at Doggy Repooval in Santa Clarita to take advantage of our many yard clean-up services. Let us do the dirty work for you.
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