Lyme Disease Awareness Month 2021
Ticks that transmit Lyme disease can be found anywhere. So, if you say they can be found even in the backyard, playground, or simply a walking area, the answer would be yes! The worse thing is there has been an increase in the number of disease-carrying ticks this year. If not taken care of, this could lead to an increase in the cases of Lyme and tick-borne illnesses.
The goal of Pet Care Supplies for May (Lyme Disease Awareness Month) is to reach out to as many people as possible to spread awareness regarding Lyme disease. It is surprising to find how a single tick bite can have such severe impact ranging from ongoing physical symptoms to debilitating neurological impairments. And, in extreme cases, death!
This is why it is so critical to spread the prevention message. When it comes to ticks, we can’t afford to be careless because – one bite is all it takes!
History of Lyme Disease Awareness Month
Lyme disease is a potentially fatal illness caused by bacteria transmitted through tick bites. Moreover, the prevalence of Lyme disease is increasing due to climate change.
Unfortunately, it is mostly difficult to diagnose, making it even more important to educate people about Lyme disease. Early symptoms may include a rash, fever, headaches, and fatigue. If remain untreated, it can cause joint and heart problems, chronic pain, and cognitive issues such as difficulty concentrating or remembering things.
Lyme disease treatment is more effective if it is detected early. Needless to say, this makes spreading awareness and educating people very important.
What is Lyme disease in pets?
Lyme disease is caused by infection with a bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Ticks infected with this bacterium can infect to humans and animals by biting them.
Pets with Lyme disease may not show any symptoms for 2-5 months. Typical symptoms after that may include:
- Loss of appetite
- Joint inflammation
- Reduced activity
Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases can be difficult to distinguish symptomatically because their symptoms are similar. They also happen in exactly the same places around the world. To determine whether an animal has been exposed to the bacterium that causes Lyme disease, a blood test is used.
Antibiotics are often used to treat Lyme disease. Once your pet has been diagnosed and treated for the disease, it is also important to follow a veterinarian’s advice for the follow-up treatment.
Lyme disease cannot be transferred from one to the next unless it is spread by tick bites. If you have more than one pet and one of them has Lyme disease, your veterinarian might suggest that all of your other pets should be tested as well. Since people and their pets often stay together, a Lyme disease diagnosis in any family member – human or non-human – should serve as a warning to the rest of the family.
As a result, it’s important to seek the advice of doctors and veterinarians who may recommend further testing or assessment.
How to prevent Lyme disease in pets?
You can help your pet from contracting Lyme disease by following these simple steps:
- Using ticks preventative
- Avoiding wooded or grassy areas
- Performing regular tick checks and removing any ticks found
- Speaking with your vet about the Lyme vaccine for dogs living in high-risk areas
Things you can do
There are a variety of tick preventives in the market, and your veterinarian will help you choose one that is right for you and your pet’s lifestyle. Frontline® Plus, Bravecto® Topical Solution, and Advantix® are examples of topical preventives. Chewable preventives include NexGard®, Simparica®, and Bravecto® Chew.
It is important to remove a tick as soon as possible if you find one on your pet. Since the bacteria that cause Lyme disease can enter your skin through minor cuts or wounds, use protective gloves while removing ticks. Pull the tick with even, steady pressure; after a minute or two, the tick’s grip can be released. If you are uncertain how to kill the tick, or if the tick’s body breaks away from its head, leaving the head in the skin, contact your veterinarian.
We recognize the significance of May being designated as Lyme Awareness Month. As a result, we, at Pet Care Supplies will continue to raise as much awareness about the disease as possible.