I found a tick attached to my dog the other day. What are the signs/symptoms of Lyme disease that I should be looking for?
Lyme disease is caused by a species of bacteria that is transmitted to dogs by ticks. Symptoms only develop in 5-10% of infected dogs and they don’t show up until weeks to months after infection. So, at this stage, you’re not likely to see any signs of the disease in your dog. The most common symptom is arthritis. Lyme disease can be treated but some dogs also develop kidney failure and this is more serious.
To prevent Lyme disease, use an effective tick control product and check your pet for ticks every day. A tick has to be attached for 48 hours to transmit the bacteria, so if you can remove ticks within that 48 hour period after attachment, your dog won’t get the disease. There is a vaccine available against Lyme disease and your vet will be able to discuss with you whether it’s appropriate for your dog.
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