What You Need to Know About Lyme Disease
Lyme Disease is a serious issue for both humans and pets. Lyme disease is often spread by ticks, but even if a tick doesn’t spread the disease, safely eradicating and removing ticks is both important and difficult. If you have found a tick on your pet, or you have other concerns, contact The Brentwood Animal Hospital. Our veterinarian in Pensacola can provide the protection that your pet needs against these persistent pests.
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Fleas and ticks are far from harmless bugs. In fact, they can cause devastation and spread Lyme disease. Hundreds of years ago, fleas helped spread the Bubonic plague, resulting in some of the deadliest pandemics humanity has ever seen.
Bubonic plague is no longer a major concern in most places, and large outbreaks are rare. Still, fleas, ticks, and other pests can spread other dangerous diseases. In the United States, most cases of Lyme disease occur in the Upper Midwest, the Northeast, and on the Pacific Coast. That said, pets in other areas are at risk as well. Ticks most commonly live in the woods, fields, and other natural areas.
In dogs, Lyme disease can cause fevers, swollen joints, a loss of appetite, reduced energy, and various other issues. Fortunately, if your dog contracts Lyme disease, veterinarians can treat it with antibiotics. Often, the antibiotics must be administered for 30 days or more.
If you find a tick on your pet or believe that your animal has contracted Lyme disease or another health condition, you need to visit an animal hospital and speak with a vet right away. The sooner the condition is treated, the better. Speaking of treatment, the best way to protect dogs is through flea and tick prevention. Various collars and medications can ward off ticks, fleas, and other pests. Dr. Burnett can help you find a product that is best suited to keep your pet safe from these pests.
Get Flea and Tick Prevention in Pensacola, FL
Call The Brentwood Animal Hospital today at 850-434-2646 to speak with a member of our team about getting your pet on some form of flea and tick prevention.