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Hey there, pet parents! Welcome to April – the month of blooming flowers, chirping birds, and, unfortunately, pesky pests like ticks and mosquitoes. As the weather warms up, it’s essential to be mindful of two critical health concerns for our furry friends: Lyme disease and heartworms.

In honor of National Heartworm Awareness Month and Prevention of Lyme Disease in Dogs Month, we want to raise awareness about Lyme disease in dogs and share essential prevention tips to keep your pets safe and healthy this spring. So, grab a cup of coffee (or tea), and let’s talk about what you need to know to keep your furry friends safe and healthy this season.

Understanding Lyme Disease

Named after a series of cases discovered in Lyme, Connecticut, in 1975, Lyme disease can be challenging to diagnose and may lead to significant, persistent health issues in both canines and humans.

The bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, responsible for Lyme disease, is transmitted through the bite of infected ticks. Dogs are particularly susceptible to Lyme disease due to their outdoor adventures, making prevention crucial.

The Risks of Lyme Disease

A Vet or pet expert removing ticks from a dog

Lyme disease can lead to a range of health issues in dogs, including fever, lameness, joint swelling, lethargy, and even kidney damage in severe cases. Left untreated, Lyme disease can have serious consequences for your pet’s health and well-being. That’s why it’s essential to be proactive about prevention and vigilant in watching for symptoms.

Prevention Measures

The good news is that there are several steps you can take to protect your furry friend from Lyme disease. Here are some key prevention measures to keep in mind:

  • Use tick preventatives recommended by your veterinarian.
  • Keep your lawn mowed and remove tall grasses and brush, where ticks like to hide.
  • Check your pet for ticks after outdoor activities, paying close attention to areas like the ears, neck, and between the toes.
  • Consider vaccination against Lyme disease, especially if you live in a high-risk area.

Where Do Ticks Live?

Ticks thrive in moist and wooded environments, making them common in areas such as forests, grasslands, and even your backyard. They often hide in tall grasses, bushes, and leaf litter, waiting for a host to pass by. Ticks can also be found on animals such as deer, rodents, and birds, which can introduce them into your pet’s environment. By understanding where ticks live, you can take proactive measures to reduce your pet’s risk of exposure.

Symptoms to Watch Out For

Brown dog scratching itself because of ticks spring season

Early detection is key when it comes to Lyme disease. Be on the lookout for the following symptoms in your dog:

  • Lameness or limping, which may shift from one leg to another
  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lethargy
  • Swollen lymph nodes

According to petMD, dogs with Lyme disease need to be treated for at least 30 days to beat the bacteria. If it’s caught early and treated, most dogs can get better.

But if a dog had Lyme disease for a long time or didn’t get treated right away, they might have ongoing problems like limping. These dogs might need antibiotics for longer and other medicines to help with pain, maybe for their whole lives.

If you notice any of these symptoms, don’t hesitate to contact your veterinarian for guidance and treatment options.

As your trusted partners in pet care, we’re here to support you in keeping your furry friends safe from Lyme disease and other health threats. Schedule your pet’s next appointment with Make My Day Please and let’s make this spring a happy and healthy one for your furry companion!


As we navigate National Heartworm Awareness Month and Prevention of Lyme Disease in Dogs Month, let’s remember the importance of staying vigilant when it comes to protecting our pets from tick-borne illnesses. By taking proactive measures and staying informed, we can ensure that our furry friends enjoy a safe and healthy spring season.

Together, let’s keep those tails wagging and those hearts full of love!