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Spring is here, and so is Lyme Disease!

April 2, 2014
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April is Lyme disease prevention month for your dog, probably because Spring is here, and with it come the ticks, which transmit Lyme disease.

Lyme can be avoided if you are careful enough. Here are some of the steps you need to take to make sure your dog is protected…

  • Bring him to the vet every year for a checkup. Ask your vet about Lyme disease vaccination.
  • Bring your pet to the vet whenever he starts behaving out of the ordinary. Look for the signs of Lyme Disease: shifting leg lameness, stiff gait, arched back, difficulty breathing, and decrease in appetite.
  • Apply tick medicine on your dog as prescribed by your vet.

If your dog got infected, give him the meds prescribed by the vet, and make sure you don’t skip any scheduled pills. Antibiotics must be administered without interruption.

If you want more information on Lyme disease, here is a good resource:

http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/infectious-parasitic/c_dg_lyme_disease

– By Mahoney-Jean Coppinger

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