ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Lyme disease in dogs

Updated on January 25, 2012
Limping lyme disease
Limping lyme disease | Source

Dog lyme disease prevention and treatment


Lyme Disease: in humans it is known to cause that typical bull's eye red circle at the point of exposure with the tick, in dogs the site is not very recognizable and can go undetected until signs of the disease start to manifest about 2-5 months later.

Preventing Lyme disease in dogs takes some effort, but it is very achievable. I would say that there are three main ways to prevent Lyme disease, ideally all three methods should be incorporated in order to take an active role in preventing this debilitating disease from occurring.



Having worked at an animal hospital, I can say that one of the most vital preventive measures is to vaccinate your dog against Lyme disease. This applies especially for dogs living in Lyme affected areas. All owners should be aware though that no vaccine is 100%, so this is why I recommend other preventive measures to be incorporated.

Puppies can be vaccinated for their 1st Lyme vaccine around 12 weeks. They will afterward need their 2nd Lyme vaccine approximately 3-4 weeks later. Once 1st and 2nd Lyme vaccine are received then they can get their annual Lyme vaccine every year thereafter.


These are usually topical products that are applied monthly between the shoulder blades of your pet. Common products are Frontline, Bio Spot and Advantix. Advantix should not be applied on your dog if you share your household with cats since it can very toxic to cats.

These products usually work by repelling and killing ticks within 24-48 hours.


Last but not least inspect your dog. If ticks are removed within 24-48 from your dog, chances are slim your dog will get Lyme disease. This is because it takes 24-48 hours for the spirochete to transmit the disease.

Carefully inspect your dog after going outdoors, remember to check everywhere and do not forget to check between toes, under ear flap and under the tail.

Should you find a tick, arm yourself with gloves, tweezers and a container full of alcohol. Never remove a tick with bare hands. The tick's secretions may carry the disease.

So wear your gloves and try to pull the tick off by grasping it's head and using an upward motion. Do not jerk or twist the tick. You do not want further irritating secretions to be excreted. Once the tick is taken off put it in the bottle with alcohol. Do not flush the tick down the toilet. The tick will survive the trip and

attach to another animal or person.


Should your dog exhibit signs of Lyme disease, have him seen by a veterinarian promptly. Recognizing these signs promptly should lead to a better prognosis. Dogs affected by Lyme disease will show these signs usually within 2-5 months following exposure with the infected tick. However, some dogs may exhibit little or no signs sometimes. Here are typical signs that may suggest Lyme disease:



*Swollen, warm joints


These symptoms may appear subtle at first and then increase over 3-4 days. A dog may limp slightly on one day and then a few days later may categorically refuse to walk around. The affected limb is usually a foreleg and there may be lymph node swelling in the affected leg.

The fever is usually around 103 degrees.


*Refusal to move


*Loss of appetite


*Kidney disease

*Neurological problems

As we can see Lyme disease can be much more than a disease that causes lameness and limping. If allowed to progress it can affect the central nervous system and vital organs as heart and kidneys. So preventing this disease from occurring is preferable to preventing this disease from progressing.

Lyme disease is a tick borne disease that can have devastating effects should it go untreated or discovered at its late stages. In most cases, dogs recover uneventfully by giving a 21 day course of Doxycycline. However, is some cases the nerve and joint damage may be permanent.

Prevention is the best form of defense to spare your dog from this debilitating and sometimes fatal disease.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)