It doesn't matter if you have 2 legs or 4.. Lyme Disease is no joke.
One day last August i went to take my dog Bowser outside. He could barely walk down the stairs.
I took the video I attached to show the Vet.
Sure thing , after a quick blood test it was confirmed. Bowser has Lyme Disease.
It took about a 2 weeks of rest and a strong round of antibiotics to get him back to good.
I do my best to check him for ticks every single time we go outside, but some are so small , its almost impossible!
Experts are predicting an unusually high rate of "insect activity" this spring and summer due to such a mild winter! That means Flies, Gnats, Mosquitoes , Fleas and especially TICKS will be at an all time HIGH
Ive done some research on NON CHEMICAL things I can use on Bowser , AND MYSELF, to protect from getting bitten, and for Bowser, causing a painful relapse.
Here are some things I've found that might help prevent your pet from contracting this painful disease.
1. Rose Geranium Essential Oil – Mix 3 Tablespoons of almond oil with 20 drops of Geranium essential oil. Apply several drops to your dogs fur, particularly around the collar area. (To be used only on dogs)
2. Apple Cider Vinegar and Lavender Oil– Mix 1 cup water with ¼ apple cider vinegar and 15 drops of lavender oil. Apply to your dog’s fur, or spray on.
3. Citrus Repellent– This natural repellent for ticks can be used on dogs or cats. Boil 1 cup of water, remove from heat and add in 3 fruits, such as lemons or limes by squeezing out the juice. Add 5 to 15 drops of lemongrass oil (for dogs, but optional). Shake well and allow the mixture to cool before applying to skin or pets fur.
4. Garlic Powder– In general add 1/8 of a teaspoon of garlic powder per pound of dog food.
5. Pet grooming– ( VERY IMPORTANT FOR Larger HAIRY breed dogs !) To help prevent attracting ticks, make sure to keep your pets hair as short as possible. This will also make it easier to spot any ticks on their fur.
The chances that you might get Lyme disease from a single tick bite depend on the type of tick, where you acquired it, and how long it was attached to you. Many types of ticks bite people in the U.S., but only blacklegged ticks transmit the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. Furthermore, only blacklegged ticks in the highly endemic areas of the northeastern and north central U.S. are commonly infected. Finally, blacklegged ticks need to be attached for at least 24 hours before they can transmit Lyme disease. This is why it's so important to remove them promptly and to check your body daily for ticks if you live in an endemic area.