Warmer weather means the parasites are out and about looking for hosts. Ticks can be troublesome, especially if you hike and camp or live in a rural area. Tick borne diseases like Lyme Disease can cause your pet extreme discomfort. Lyme Disease is an infection caused by bacteria and it is spread by the bite of the tick.
Signs of Lyme Disease
Look for a loss of appetite, leg lameness that moves from leg to leg, joint swelling, lack of energy, and fever. In some cases, your pet may also experience kidney problems. If you suspect your pet has been bitten by a tick and might have Lyme Disease, make a trip to the vet as soon as possible.
Pets are treated with antibiotics to combat Lyme Disease.
However, prevention is always the best idea. So, make sure to treat your pets with flea and tick preventative medicine on a regular basis and after a good hike, check the fur for any unwanted strangers who hitched a ride back to your house.
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