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Dogs Can Get Lyme Disease

Jennifer Smith

Posted on March 27 2019

Pet owners beware: tick season begins in March; and yes, dogs can get Lyme Disease and other tick-borne diseases.

Outdoor enthusiasts, including hikers and campers, are mainly concerned about being bit by ticks this time of year; but we sometimes forget about our four-legged friends. 

Here are the top spots to check for ticks on dogs after time spent outside in the yard; at the dog park; or in the woods:

  • Between toes
  • In the groin area
  • Underneath dog collars/clothes
  • Elbows
  • Under the tail
  • In and around the ears

Dogs bit by ticks will need to visit the veterinarian to check for Lyme Disease. Dogs with Lyme will experience the following reactions:

  • Unsteadiness
  • Excessive Drooling
  • Weak Muscles
  • Muscle Aches/Joint Pains
  • Difficulty Eating/Swallowing
  • Fast Heart Beat

How do pets get Lyme Disease? From tick bites spread by wildlife. Therefore, pet owners will need to protect their pets from wildlife encounters and tick droppings on yards with deer fencing

Click here to learn more about tick disease prevention.