Assess Your Dog's risk factors
- Exposure to infected ticks.
- Vaccination status.
Know the facts
- Three-quarters of human cases in endemic areas are contracted during activities around the home.3
- If you find a tick attached to your dog, call your veterinarian. Canine Lyme disease can be treated with antibiotics, particularly if caught early. Your veterinarian will determine the best course of care.
- Canine Lyme disease is largely preventable by vaccination, and by using tick control and frequent tick checks. Remember that Ixodes ticks are small and hard to find in a dog's coat.
- If you suspect your dog might be at risk, ask your veterinarian about options for vaccinating your dog for Lyme disease.
ALMOST ALL DOGS SPEND ENOUGH TIME OUTSIDE TO BE EXPOSED TO TICKS
How do dogs get lyme disease?From the bite of an infected Ixodes called "the deer tick"
- - The tick must be infected with a specific bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi for your dog to get canine Lyme disease.
- - This bacteria is what actualy causes canine Lyme disease - the tick is just the transmitter or "vector" for the bacteria.
- - Dogs don't get Lyme disease from other dogs or people.
- - Dogs can get Lyme disease anywhere there are infected ticks, such as wildlife areas or their own backyards.
- - Your dog is at higher risk for getting Lyme disease if he lives in an area with a high incendence of human Lyme disease.