Lyme disease as a condition has only identified in the past thirty or so years, as formerly it was probably misdiagnosed as Rheumatoid Arthritis. In 1975, when there were an unusually high number of cases of Rheumatoid Arthritis diagnosed in children in Lyme, Connecticut, further research was carried out, and a discrete condition was identified, and named “Lyme Disease”.
Lyme Disease in dogs can be a very nasty, very debilitating condition. If you’re a dog owner and live in an area where Lyme Disease is known to occur, it is therefore important to recognize Lyme Disease symptoms so you can act quickly if your dog shows symptoms of Lyme Disease.
Lyme Disease in dogs is transmitted as it is in humans, through the bite of a tick that carries certain bacteria. It is the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease. Tick bites from ticks not carrying these bacteria cannot transmit Lyme Disease to the dog or person being bitten. At least three known types of ticks can carry the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease in dogs, but by far the majority of ticks that carry the bacteria are the Deer Tick, also called the Black-Legged Tick. A Deer Tick bite, therefore, has a relatively high likelihood of transmitting the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease.
This tick is known as the Deer Tick, because Deer are it’s primary host (ticks being a parasite). But these ticks will also feed on other types of animals, including both people and dogs.
How to Remove a Tick from a Dog: Place the tips of tweezers or edges of other removal devices around the area where the mouthparts and head enter the skin. With steady slow motion, pull the tick away from the skin or slide the removal device along the skin. Under no circumstances should a flame be applied to the tick – this is an old wives’ tale, and would be counterproductive, and be extremely likely to burn your dog.
Canine Lyme Disease is prevalent in the Northeastern states from Maine to Maryland, as well as Minnesota, Wisconsin, Oregon and Northern California. It is also found in most parts of Australia, particularly bush and country areas, as well as in parts of Europe, China and Japan. This is because in these areas, ticks more commonly carry the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease.
Early symptoms of Lyme Disease in your dog are likely to include what might appear to be a sore foot or leg. Certainly one of the first symptoms of Lyme Disease will be limping. Further investigation will then be likely to reveal lymph node swelling in your dog’s affected leg, and your dog is very likely to have an elevated temperature.
If you fail to seek treatment for Lyme Disease very promptly, your dog may suffer paralysis. Even if treated at this stage, your dog may well suffer recurrent, or chronic Lyme Disease. This may also include permanent joint or nerve damage and damage to the heart muscle.
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