Lyme Disease

It is reported that up to 13.3% of dogs in the United States test positive for Lyme disease.

Dogs, horses and sometimes cattle can get Lyme disease. White-tailed deer, mice, chipmunks, gray squirrels, opossums and raccoons can also be infected. Interestingly, wild mammals infected with the bacteria usually show no signs of illness, while dogs may exhibit fever and/or intermittent lameness from joint pain (the stifle/knee and elbow are most commonly affected). While dogs are more commonly affected, cats can also contract Lyme disease, albeit less frequently, as they are more resistant to the bacteria that causes Lymes.

Lyme disease is transmitted by ticks, particularly the deer tick, also known as the bear tick or black-legged tick. It’s essential to note that not all ticks carry Lyme disease, but rather the Borrelia bacterium that they transmit through their bites. All stages of these ticks can transmit the disease, but transmission typically requires that the tick is embedded into the skin for one to two days. The risk of Lyme disease varies with location, with the Northeast, Upper Midwest, and Pacific Coast being high-risk areas. Activities such as walking through tall grasses, thick brush, and woods increase risk of exposure.

Symptoms of Lyme Disease in pets may be vague, lameness, swollen joints, fever, lethargy, and pain. Diagnosis can be challenging, often requiring specialized tests due to inconsistent blood test results. Treatment involves antibiotics, ozone therapy and hyperbaric oxygen treatments.

While a Lyme disease vaccine exists, its effectiveness and necessity vary, making it essential to discuss this with your veterinarian.

Prevention is best for pets living in high tick burden areas, the benefits of using a commercial flea and tick product may outweigh the risks of contracting Lyme disease. Consider using doggy clothing and booties if frequenting high risk environments and thoroughly comb through the pets coat every day. It is easiest to see ticks when the pet is wet.

Lastly, remember the crucial role of diet and nutrition in maintaining pet health. Mimicking a species-appropriate diet can significantly impact your pet’s well-being, so prioritize a species appropriate, grass fed/grass finished, balanced raw diet supplemented with the essential vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fatty acids for your fur baby. For more info on proper supplementation go to www.evolovestore.com

Holistic wellness means we balance the body, mind and spirit through lifestyle choices. As we navigate Lyme Disease Awareness Month, let’s remain vigilant in protecting our pets and promoting their holistic wellness.

*Consult your veterinarian if your pet is pregnant, nursing, if abnormal symptoms arise or they are taking other medications.

*These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. Our products are not not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

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