As one of the nation’s trusted providers for Lyme disease natural treatment, Arne Wellness Center answers questions about this hard to pin down ailment. One question we get a lot is whether or not dogs are vulnerable to Lyme infection.
It’s Tick Season
The summer months in Colorado are full of opportunities to take your four legged friend with you for any number of outdoor activities, such as hiking and camping. A visit to the mountains can expose both you and your dog to the possibility of tick bites, which could possibly lead to a Lyme infection.
Dogs & Lyme Disease
Owing to a large spectrum of symptoms, Lyme disease is notoriously difficult to diagnose in humans, and the same is true for dogs. Simply being bitten is not enough to conclude that any infection has taken place in your dog. In fact, even among the dogs that are infected with the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria that is associated with the disease, only about a tenth actually display symptoms. These can include reduced physical activity, fever, listlessness, and swollen lymph nodes.
What To Do If Your Dog Is Bitten
Inspect your dog after each time you take him or her out for an excursion. If you find that a tick has latched onto your dog, use tweezers to carefully remove the insect by grasping the head close to the skin and pulling straight out. If infection occurs, it could be as long as five months before your dog develops any symptoms. Watch your dog carefully for changes in behavior, and if necessary, seek out treatment from a veterinarian.
It’s important to be aware that dogs can also bring ticks into your house that could subsequently find and infect a human host. If you’ve been bitten by a tick and think you might be infected, contact Arne Wellness Center today to learn about the Lyme disease natural treatment that we offer.