May is Lyme Disease Prevention Month!

As the spring and summer months approach, and we can enjoy the outdoors more often with our dogs, it’s a good time to be aware of insect bites from ticks, bees, wasps, scorpions, ants, and other pesky insects.   

Ticks carrying Lyme Disease can be found in remote wilderness, parks, fields, beaches, picnic areas, and residential areas including in your yard. Some signs of Lyme Disease in dogs include joint discomfort and pain, lethargy, fever, and kidney issues. Contact your veterinarian if you suspect your pet has been exposed to Lyme Disease. 

Some signs of insect bites on dogs include redness, swelling, drooling, limping, itchiness, and shock. Some treatment options include using a cold compress for swelling, applying a paste of baking soda and water or aloe vera to the area, giving an oatmeal bath, and if safe, using Benadryl. If your furry family member is bitten or stung, be sure to remove the stinger and keep an eye on them for an allergic reaction.

Check your pet’s fur and coat after each visit outside for ticks or insect bites. Make sure they’re taking their flea and tick medicine, as well. Talk to your vet about the Lyme Vaccine for dogs. Should any reaction occur, have the number of your local emergency vet on hand. Meanwhile, enjoy the outdoors knowing you are ready and prepared! 

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November 28, 2023
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