Protect Your Pup from Lyme Disease
May is Lyme Disease Prevention Month; are you protecting your Suffolk County puppy from Lyme disease? To keep your puppy safe and healthy, there are a few precautions you want to take.
Lyme disease is a disease that can affect puppies who are exposed to ticks. Deer ticks are the most popular ticks known to transmit Lyme disease, so dogs that are frequently outdoors are at the greatest risk of catching this disease. Before the disease can be transmitted from a tick to a dog, the tick must be attached to its host for 50 hours. If you think your dog may have a tick, be sure to inspect them promptly to reduce the risk of infection.
If you missed the 50-hour window and think your dog may have Lyme disease, there are a few symptoms your dog will have. Some of these symptoms include lethargy, weakness, fever, loss of appetite, and joint pain. If are noticing any of these symptoms in your pup, consider taking them to the vet.
Once you take your dog to the vet they will have a SNAP 4DX Plus test done to diagnose them. Only a small amount of blood is needed from your dog and results can be determined right away. These tests are accurate and have been used for years to diagnose Lyme disease, as well as heartworm disease.
If your pup tests positive for Lyme disease they will likely be prescribed strong antibiotics to take for about a month. Your dog will likely recover within a few days of taking the antibiotics, but be sure to continue giving them to your dog even if the symptoms seem to be relieved.
Preventing Lyme disease in your pup is easy. Keep an eye on your dog when it spends time outdoors, especially in wooded areas. Also, check your dog for ticks after spending time in outdoor settings. There is even a Lyme disease vaccination you can give your dog if you live in an area that is also frequented by deer.
This Lyme Disease Prevention Month, make sure you are taking the necessary steps to keep your dog safe. Little Wonders Puppy Emporium prioritizes the well-being of our puppies, so check out the dogs and products we have available at 15 Main Street in Sayville.