Lymes Disease

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 Lyme 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:

http://news.yahoo.com/ancient-lyme-disease-bacteria-found-15-million-old-133904218.html

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.

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