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:
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.