5 Things Your Dog Should Know to Avoid Lyme’s Disease
Ticks are Out and Biting!
Okay, Curley, sit! Listen to your Momma. She’s gonna tell you you’re going to the vet, and don’t try to hide.
It’s for your own good. Dogs can get Lyme’s disease, but thankfully it’s
avoidable. Other tick-borne diseases can infect dogs, too, so it’s important to
take a few common-sense steps to keep your dogs healthy. Here’s what you (and
Curley) need to know:
There is a vaccine that is readily available that
generally will prevent your dog from getting Lyme’s disease.
2. You need to get your dog vaccinated now, as ticks are around and biting.
Abby (R.I.P) loved the outdoors, so she always got her annual Lyme shot.
3. Other tick-borne diseases such as anaplasmosis (which is the east-coast version of Rocky Mountain spotted fever) can affect both humans and dogs, and so far there are no vaccines for these.
4. You can apply a chemical flea and tick killer that your pet absorbs through the skin. Most like Frontline are pretty strong – they are absorbed through the skin and kill fleas and ticks for a month or more. Flea and tick collars are also available.
My dog Daphne loves the outdoors, but ticks are hard to spot in her thick coat.
5. Alternatively, you can use any one of several commercially prepared repellents that are based on essential oils diluted with a carrier oil. Apply every time your pet is going to enter brushy areas or areas with tall grass. This takes much more work.
You can also make your own
repellent using a mix of rosemary, cinnamon and cedar wood oils; you can use a
mix of lemongrass, eucalyptus and citronella oils; or you can use rose geranium
essential oil. In each case a total of 20 drops of essential are diluted in 2
ounces of a carrier oil such as jojoba or sweet almond oil. Click here for the recipes.
Lastly, you need to watch your dogs
for symptoms of Lyme’s disease. If your dog loses her appetite or her energy
levels, visit your vet. There is a simple test for Lyme. Other symptoms?
Stiffness, lameness, swelling of joints.
Stanley (R.I.P.) got his Lyme shot each spring
Lyme is bad enough for us humans.
We, at least can complain (and do). Dogs are not so good at telling us what is
wrong, which is why I always get my dog, Daphne, a preventive shot each spring–
and also use repellents. By the way, never use essential oils without diluting
them, and never use them on cats.
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