Since 1975 this disease has
been a constant sign of concern in all the states of the United States of America.
The source of infection
The source is a microscopic
parasite also named deer tick. The white-footed mice and the white tailed deer
are the main hosts. When the mice or the deer is in the wood area or areas with
plants, the tick attached itself to the body of the hosts. These ticks dont
fly or jump. They just sit there and wait for the host to carry them out.
The ticks can attack a dog
almost everywhere on the body. They can attach themselves to ears, neck, feat
or head. The tick bites are not painful, they are like a bee sting. It is quite
common that an infected dog doesnt show distress from the tick bites.
The infected dog will show an
elevated temperature. He can also be restless and show a bit of limping. Other
symptoms that follow are the pain, warmth and joint swelling. Also, it is hard
to notice, but underneath the dogs coat, some inflammated areas can appear.
That is where the tick has
bitten the skin. Make a habit of checking the dogs skin form time to time and
watch out for these symptoms.
Once you have spotted some
symptoms, take the dog straight to the doctor. The vet will diagnose the dog
and give him the right medication. Dont wait a while before taking the dog to
the vet. The Lyme disease can easily spread to you too and in advanced stages
it can even kill the dog.
Serious repercussions happen
if it is left untreated. The dog can even get paralyzed on his limbs. After
attacking the front and then the back limbs, the disease will for sure attack
the chest muscles and disable them. This means the dog will no longer be able
to breath on his own. He will choke and die of asphyxiation.