Dogs get Lyme disease from the deer tick (Ixodes scapularis) that can carry the organism Borrelia burgdorferi. Deer tick larva become infected with this organism when they take their first blood meal from an infected mammal, preferably the white-footed mouse. When the tick larva turn into nymphs in the spring time after being dormant over the winter, they become most dangerous. Nymphs are only the size of a poppy seed, and can go unnoticed on your dog. Adult ticks are active in the fall when they mate on larger mammals, preferably the white tailed deer. According to the Center for Disease Control, a tick must be attached for 36-48 hours before it can transmit Lyme disease.
Signs of Lyme Disease in Dogs
Lyme disease in dogs is preventable with the use of topical or oral preventatives. Country View Veterinary Service offers three products that have been carefully selected for their outstanding coverage.
• Vectra 3D: a monthly topical treatment for puppies and dogs eight
weeks and older. It kills fleas and ticks on contact, and offers broad
spectrum protection against mosquitos, flies, mites, and lice
• Simparica: a monthly chewable for dogs six months and older that
protects against fleas and ticks. Starts killing ticks within 8 hours
• Seresto Collar: a water-resistant collar for puppies and dogs seven
weeks and older that lasts eight months before needing to be
replaced. It kills existing flea infestations while preventing re-infestation,
protects against ticks, kills lice, and helps prevent Sarcoptic
mange. Starts to repel/kill new infestations of ticks within 6 hours