Lyme disease is an infection caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, and is transmitted via the bite of infected ticks. Humans and dogs have the highest risk of being bitten by ticks, especially if they frequently spend time in the woods, bushes, etc.
How can you prevent your dog from ticks and Lyme Disease?
- Check your pet frequently for all types of ticks
- Use a flea and tick preventative such as Frontline Plus
- Prevent tick exposure by limiting contact with wooded or bushy areas
Experts in FDA’s Center for Veterinary Medicine (CVM) say that dogs with Lyme disease occasionally develop serious kidney disease that can be fatal.
Common symptoms of Lyme Disease include:
- Joint soreness and lameness
- Loss of appetite.
If your dog is experiencing these symptoms, a visit to the veterinarian is recommended.
According to the FDA’s CVM there are two basic types of Lyme disease vaccines available for dogs: the killed bacteria and a genetically engineered (recombinant) vaccine. Speak to your veterinarian about what is right for your dog, since vaccinating against Lyme disease may not be appropriate for all dogs.
There is no vaccine for cats, because fortunately they do not seem to be susceptible to Lyme disease.