Lyme disease is a tick borne disease that can be transmitted by only one tick bite. This disease can affect dogs of all ages, sizes and breeds. The more time a dog spends outside in areas where ticks are prevalent, the greater the risk! This disease has been found in every state in the U.S. and in some provinces in Canada.
When clinical signs do develop, they may be transient or recurrent and can include:
- Decreased appetite
- Swollen, painful joints (dogs may be reluctant to even move)
- Lameness–limping which may be mild at first, then worsen. It may also shift from one leg to another.
- Swollen lymph nodes
If you have ever seen a tick on your dog, it absolutely needs vaccination. Remember, just because you haven’t seen the tick on your dog, it doesn’t necessarily mean he or she has never had a tick.
Our vaccines for Lyme Disease include one shot and then a booster shot 2-4 weeks after the first shot. The shot is then given yearly.