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Can Your Dog Get Lyme Disease? Can Your Cat Get Lyme Disease?

Author: Mosquito Squad of Chelmsford & Cambridge

Yes, Yes, Yes!  No, say it is not so.  Your beloved cats, dogs and pets can in fact get Lyme disease just like their less furry counterparts.  Lyme disease is carried by very small nymph ticks.  These ticks bite mice that are infected with Lyme Disease, then bite humans and other animals.  This is the process by which the bacterium spreads.  Your beloved pets can contract Lyme Disease in your Massachusetts yard just as easily as humans.  Pets spend more time in the yard, exposed to the places where ticks live and are more likely to pick up a tick.  If your pet has been bitten by a tick, there are symptoms that will appear if he or she has been infected with Lyme Disease.

Pets with Lyme disease commonly exhibit symptoms of recurrent lameness due to inflammation of the joints that is often mistaken for arthritis. A common symptom of canine Lyme and feline Lyme is depression, lack of appetite and a general lack of energy. When you know that your family pet has been bitten by a tick and these symptoms arise, it is time to visit your veterinarian immediately. More severe complications from the disease include kidney damage, heart damage and nervous system damage.

There are several important and easy things that you can do to protect your pet from Lyme Disease. Smart tick practices keep your pet from coming into contact with a tick that could potentially infect them with the Lyme bacterium.  During the summer months, it is important to check your pet for ticks when they return indoors from being outside.  Ensure that your pet is on a regular schedule of tick preventative advised by your veterinarian.   In addition, including a tick control program within your Middlesex County or Worcester County yard will reduce the risk of your dog or cat being bitten while in his own surroundings.  Mosquito Squad of Chelmsford & Cambridge recommends our highly effective tick tube program used in conjunction with our effective barrier spray program. Call today for a free estimate at (978) 381-4028