May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month!
It is a perfect opportunity for Lyme patients and advocates to come together and educate others on how to prevent this disease. The list below can help you get creative with organizing a community and spreading awareness during May:
- Create a fundraiser
- Arrange an educational Lyme disease event
- Create a fundraiser on social media
- Organize a walk
Lyme disease affects both animals and humans, and if left untreated, it could become dangerous. Through awareness and education, we can take better precautions when taking care of ourselves and our pets.
So what exactly is Lyme disease? It is a bacterial infection that is caused by deer ticks, also known as black-legged ticks.
Anyone can get Lyme disease at any age, but pets are most prone as they spend a lot of time outdoors, where there are over 850 species of ticks.
Dogs and cats get Lyme disease when a tick bites them. Because ticks are so small and their bites are painless, it’s not easy to realize when these incidents are happening.
The longer a tick is attached to a pet’s skin, the more chances it will have to transmit Lyme into their bloodstream.
Where to check your pets for ticks?
- In and around the ears
- Around the eyelids
- Around the tail
- Under the collar
- Under the front legs
- Between the back legs
- Between the toes
Since pets are so prone to tick bites, it’s essential always to use a preventative product to keep them safe. If you need suggestions, we’ve made a list of the best flea and tick treatments to ensure that ticks are nowhere near your pets or home.
So, what are some signs that your pet might have Lyme disease? Check some of the symptoms below and if you are concerned, schedule an appointment with your veterinarian.
- High temperature
- Feeling lethargic
- Generalized discomfort or pain
- Swelling of joints
- Decreased appetite
Now that we’ve learned a thing or two about Lyme disease, being preventative and proactive is always the best course of action. Regularly check your pets for ticks, and always make sure to use flea and tick treatments to avoid having to deal with unpleasant situations.