What is Lyme Disease and How do Pets get it? It is caused by a germ through tick bite, primarily the
deer tick in California. Tick feeds on blood of animal or a person. All stages of tick (larva, nymph or
adult) can transmit infection. In pets, the Lyme disease symptoms could be: fever, loss of appetite,
joint swelling, limping, heart, kidney or in some cases nervous system is involved. How do I Know
if my Pet has it? Blood test can help to diagnose the disease but sometimes, an early test may not
detect any evidence so a repeat test is necessary to confirm. Cats contract Lyme disease less frequently
than many other species as they groom themselves more often. When they do, cats may sleep excessively,
become feverish, appear arthritic or lame, and stop eating. Lyme disease starts from tick bites a rash,
followed by flu-like symptoms, leading to possibly more serious signs of lameness, joint swelling,
nervous system or heart disease. Eventually permanent painful swelling of joint with fever, loss of
appetite, kidney, in-coordination or seizures and unusual aggressive behavior may occur.
How do I Keep my Pets from Getting it? Check your pet thoroughly and remove any disease causing ticks
routinely after outdoor walk in tall grass or wooden area and brush their hair coats. Ticks carrying the
disease are quite small (pinhead size) and dark brown in color. To transmit the disease organism the tick
has to be attached to the host for at least few hours. The yard area should be periodically sprayed with
insecticide especially in the summer and the tall grass or weeds cut short. Tick infested pet should be
tested for Lyme disease. Besides Lymes disease, the ticks also transmit many other diseases like Tick
paralysis, Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichia and others.
Is There any Cure for the Disease? In very early stage, they can be treated with some medication for few weeks
but if the disease is already progressed then the damage done to the body organs may continue to cause health
issues and a cure may not be an appropriate term to use. As always the most effective cure is prevention and
we have this new vaccine to prevent from Lyme disease. Please call us to discuss flea and tick control and make
appointment for vaccination. Not every single tick necessarily carries Lyme’s Disease or will cause other tick-
borne diseases but has a potential to transmit if it is already harboring with any one of the “that specific germ”
while having sufficient time to bite the pet. To answer any specific question whether a disease was transmitted
through a tick bite, different tests and subsequent repeat (serial) testings must be done otherwise it is speculative.
If you cannot bear all the costs, then an immediate preventive course of antibiotic soon after a tick bite to your
pet is a safer option followed by preventive vaccination such as Lyme Vaccine. Do You Know even People Can
Get Lymes Disease and approx about 20,000 cases are diagnosed in USA yearly. It is a very old disease as far
back as 15 Millions years old evidence of the germ found in Tick: Click link below:
Ticks and your pet: Ticks are blood sucking parasites, that feed on humans, wild and domestic mammals,
livestock, birds, reptiles and many other animals. You know there are approximately more than 800 species of
ticks and about 100 of which are capable of transmitting different diseases.
Fleas and your pet: More than 1500 species of fleas have been identified, and about 90 % of them live on
mammals and 50% of on birds. Flea bite allergy causes more than half of the skin problems in pets and cause
other diseases including plague, tapeworms, anemia..can survive without feeding up to 1 yr. population (above
diagram of flea cycle is from Manufacturer of COMFORTIS tablets which starts killing fleas after 40 minutes of
giving Dogs by mouth). Call us at 562-630-2082, if other flea products have not worked.