A tick bite (colloquially also tick bite) can transmit the infectious illness Borreliose. It is important to recognize the Lyme disease symptoms in the dog early, so that infection does not take a heavy course. The fact that the signs are so unspecific, however, complicates the project.
Most of the ticks of a tick in your four-legged remains without consequences, but the unpleasant parasites can also transmit pathogens such as Borrelia. These bacteria trigger Lyme Disease, also called Lyme Disease or Lyme Disease. A tick vaccination for dogs as protection against Lyme disease is currently not available. Borrelia infection is symptom-free in most cases. Because the animal disease can still break out months after the infection, you should be able to recognize the Lyme disease symptoms in the dog early.
Recognize acute symptoms
As in humans, Lyme disease is often symptom-free even in dogs. Characteristic is the so-called Wanderröte - a circular, clearly demarcated skin reddening, which forms around the tick bite like a ring and spreads increasingly. Unfortunately, the walking redness does not occur with every infection with Borrelia and is also difficult to recognize in the dog due to the coat. You should therefore pay attention to various signs and consult a veterinarian in case of doubt, in order to clarify the causes of the symptoms clearly. A warning sign is, for example, when the tick bite itself is severely reddened and swollen - this indicates inflammation.
Unspecific Lyme disease symptoms in the dog
Borreliosis symptoms in the dog, which occur only several months after the bite of an infected tick, however, may be various inflammatory reactions: pain in muscles and joints, fever or swollen lymph nodes are often the result - are, however, rarely associated with the tick bite. Muscle and joint pain can make your dog less comfortable, weak, tired, and beaten off. In addition, loss of appetite can be added and general drive and listlessness.
Other possible late Lyme disease symptoms in the dog are heart problems, kidney diseases or even paralysis in different parts of the body. This chronic form of Borrelia infection develops over time as the pathogens spread throughout the body and affect the brain or other organs. The symptoms often come in spurts and are not always equally pronounced. Between the spurts can be symptom-free phases.
The signs of Lyme disease are so unspecific that other causes can not be ruled out. Therefore, you should definitely consult a veterinarian if you notice the above symptoms in your dog. In summary, the following signs indicate a possible Borrelia infection in dogs:
● Inflamed tick bite (possibly with a wandering red)
● Muscle and joint pain (recognizable by lack of movement and lack of drive)
● Swollen lymph nodes
● General malaise (recognizable by lack of appetite and dullness)
● heart problems
● kidney problems
Difficult diagnosis of Lyme disease in dogs
However, the indistinct symptoms of a Borrelia infection makes it difficult for the veterinarian to make the diagnosis. A blood test may provide further clues, but the results do not allow a clear conclusion. He can indicate whether there are antibodies to Borrelia in the blood, but not if they are from an acute infection. Does the Lyme disease without symptoms and without discomfort, the immune system still forms antibodies against the pathogens, and these remain even years later detectable.
The vet usually has no choice but to exclude other possible causes of Lyme disease symptoms in the dog and other diseases, before he starts on suspicion of Lyme disease therapy with antibiotics. Although you can use homeopathic remedies or other naturopathic, alternative medicines to relieve the symptoms, but the cause - the Borrelia - can only be combated with antibiotics.
Remove the tick as soon as possible
The bite of a tick infected with borrelia does not necessarily lead to infection with borreliosis. In order for the bacteria to be transmitted, the tick must have been sucked into its host for at least 24 hours. Therefore, it is best to check your dog daily for the parasites, especially in the warm months of the year, to remove ticks in the dog quickly and carefully. Attention! After a mild winter, ticks often wake up earlier than usual - so it's safe to have a look at the dog's coat after a walk.
However, since the little animals are often hard to find in your pet's coat, it may happen that you discover the parasites late or not at all. Therefore, it is especially important to look for Lyme disease symptoms in the dog and not delay the visit to the veterinarian, if something unusual occurs to you.