Lyme Disease threatens your dog’s health because ticks know how easy it is to latch onto your dog’s body for a tasty meal. Large populations of these bloodsuckers lounge around all year in places like woody trails and campgrounds where you take your dog for walks or enjoy vacations with your family.
There’s no magic bullet to stop the spread of ticks because climate change and reforestation has widened the range for tick infestation. What’s more frightening is that warmer winters allow hosts for ticks to survive longer.
This news brief gives you tips to help you protect your dog against tick bites and prevent these nasty parasites from zapping your dog’s energy. I hope this article helps you understand why it’s so important to check your dog for ticks every day to protect your dog from tick bite threats.
Symptoms of Dog Lyme Disease
Your dog will not show the bull’s eye rash that appears on people who have lyme. Symptoms associated with dog lyme include:
- Pain – Your dog may start to whine or have behavior that shows he’s uncomfortable due to headaches and swollen joints.
- Fever – Watch for increased panting or lack of energy that could mean your dog has a fever.
- Lack of appetite – Your dog may be lethargic and not be
interested in food or treats.
- Lameness – Joint pain from inflammation can be a sign of lyme. Bring your dog to your veterinarian to have him checked for Lyme Disease if he favors all four legs.
8 Places on Your Dog’s Body to Look for Ticks
- Hair – Spend 15-30 minutes with a comb to check your dog’s skin and hair for ticks.
- Ears – Search around the edges of your dog’s ear flaps and inside his ears for ticks.
- Muzzle – Check your dog’s entire mouth including his gums, tongue and cheeks.
- Face – Look at all parts of your dog’s face, eyebrows and under his chin.
- Neck – Remove your dog’s collar and make sure there are no ticks around his neck.
- Paws – Look carefully in between your dog’s toes for ticks or redness.
- Hidden areas – Check out private areas where your dog can’t see the ticks or reach them.
- Vascular areas – Check your dog’s body where you’ll find blood sources like behind your dog’s knees, on his back and under his belly.
Lyme Disease Protection for your Dog
It’s a big mistake to stop tick control for your dog in winter months. Ticks even come out on a day over 40 degrees to look for a host like your dog for a good meal.
Take these steps to protect your dog:
- Avoid ticks – Keep your dog away from places where ticks hide like wet grassy areas, high grass and bushes, shaded areas and roughs on golf courses.
- Herbal remedies – You can mix 3-6 drops of 100% pure therapeutic grade peppermint essential oil in a spray bottle of unrefined coconut oil. Spray this natural tick repellant mixture over your dog’s body. Keep the spray away from your dog’s eyes and nose. Other essential oils you can choose to repel ticks include: lavender, lemon, citronella, sage, bergamot, cedar wood, eucalyptus, lemongrass, geranium, sweet orange, or rosemary. Only use one essential oil at a time on your dog.
- Daily check for ticks – The best way to keep your dog safe from Lyme Disease is to check your dog daily especially if you live in areas where ticks are known to thrive.
- Remove ticks quickly – You can kill ticks on your dog within 24 hours of a bite to prevent the disease from being transmitted to your dog.
Important Note: Tick repellants, insecticides and natural products can’t give you a 100% guarantee your dog won’t get bitten by a tick.
This article gives you tips to help you protect your dog against the health threats of tick bites. Even though it takes time to check your dog for ticks every day, you may save your dog from a life long battle against Lyme Disease.
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If you’re looking for quality, compassionate veterinary care in Beaverton, Oregon, come visit us at Laurelwood Animal Hospital.
Laurelwood Animal Hospital
9315 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway
Beaverton, Oregon 97005
Phone: (971) 244-4230
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