Lyme disease is a tick borne disease that can be transmitted by only one tick bite. This disease can affect dogs of all ages, breeds and sizes. 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 move)
- lameness–limping which may be mild at first, then worsen, and may also shift from one leg to another
- swollen lymph nodes
If you have ever seen a tick on your dog, it needs this vaccination. To start, our vaccine consists of 2 different injections (the second one is considered a “booster” and is given 2-4 weeks after the first one). Then it begins as an annual shot for consistent protection.