Overall, vaccines are one of the most effective ways to protect your dog’s health.
Vaccinations are an important part of your dog’s health. Make it a priority in caring for and keeping your dog healthy and happy.
Why vaccinate your dog?
There are many benefits to why you should vaccinate your dog. Vaccinations protect your dog from several highly contagious and potentially life-threatening diseases.
This post is sponsored by Elanco, a global leader of animal health. Recently, Elanco surveyed 3,000 pet owners about pet care and ownership. They shared the results on WagStats.com.
Lyme Disease In Dogs
Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted to dogs through the bite of an infected deer tick also known as the western black-legged tick. Ticks can transmit the bacteria to dogs after it has been attached for 24-48 hours.
Lyme disease can cause a wide range of symptoms in dogs, such as fever, lameness, loss of appetite, and lethargy. If left untreated, Lyme disease can cause kidney disease and heart failure.
Does Your Dog Need Lyme Disease Vaccine?
Lyme disease vaccine is considered a lifestyle vaccine necessary for all dogs. Dogs needing lifestyle vaccinations should be based on individual dogs that reside or visit areas where ticks are prevalent.
How To Protect Your Dog From Lyme Disease?
Good News! Lyme disease is a preventable disease. Be a responsible dog owner and take steps to protect your dog from ticks by:
1. Vaccinate annually for Lyme disease
2. Use a tick control monthly
3. Maintain your yard by regularly mowing your lawn, removing leaf debris, and pruning shrubs and bushes.
4. Regularly check your dog for ticks in all the right places such as between the toes, between the back legs, under the front legs, in and around the ears, around the tail, under the collar, and around the eyelids.
Lyme Disease Fact: Transmission Is Fast
When it comes to infecting dogs, ticks are quick. It only takes 36-48 hours for Lyme disease to be transmitted.
Stop Lyme Disease Before It Starts
Check with your veterinarian and discuss the best way to protect your dog from Lyme disease.
What Is Leptospirosis?
Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection caused by exposure to contaminated water or soil. The bacteria is transmitted through the urine of infected animals. It has been found in rodents, raccoons, and other wildlife.
Leptospirosis is a type of bacteria that can cause liver and kidney disease in dogs. Symptoms of leptospirosis can include fever, muscle pain, increased thirst and urination, rapid dehydration, vomiting, difficulty of breathing, and a runny nose.
The disease can be fatal, so early diagnosis and treatment are critical. Leptospirosis can be treated with antibiotics. If you think your dog may have leptospirosis, it is crucial to take your dog to the vet immediately.
Does Your Dog Need the Leptospirosis Vaccine?
Leptospirosis is a lifestyle dog vaccine. However, since leptospirosis is so harmful, many veterinarians recommend vaccinating any dogs that spend time outdoors. Nowadays, there is a local risk for leptospirosis, so many counties and cities are recommending all dogs be vaccinated.
Leptospirosis Fact: Potential Carriers Are Everywhere
The number of places where leptospirosis infections can occur is in the billions.
In our county, there were several cases of leptospirosis. So, our vet made the lepto vaccine a requirement for all dogs. Also, many facilities like dog boarding and dog grooming made it mandatory for their dog clients to be vaccinated.
How To Protect Your Dog From Leptospirosis?
The best choice to prevent leptospirosis is to vaccinate your dog. Make sure to talk to your veterinarian about the benefits and risks for your dog.
When you travel, go on hikes, or camp, bring your own water and bowl for your dog. Be mindful and avoid letting your dog drink from lakes, rivers, and other natural water sources.
Minimize wildlife activity in your area by removing waste that might attract wildlife.
Be A Responsible Dog Parent Everyday
A new survey from animal health company Elanco found that 69% of dog owners have no idea of leptospirosis is prevalent in their area, and 36% do not know if Lyme is prevalent in their area.
We invite you to visit WagStats.com for more detailed information they gathered via an online survey from 3,000 U.S. pet owners.
Vaccinated Pets Have More Fun!