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Signs of Lyme disease in dogs include fever, loss of appetite, lethargy and lameness. Learn more about Lyme disease risks and prevention.
Tick populations are rising across many parts of the U.S., increasing the risk of exposure for many pets. Because ticks are so resilient, this risk can be high for months, even year-round in some areas.
Lyme disease in dogs is complex. You can help protect them by taking a number of steps. Reduce exposure to ticks. Perform daily tick checks and remove any found. Talk to your vet about vaccinating your dog for Lyme disease protection. Use appropriate tick control year-round.
Black-legged ticks, which are responsible for transmitting Lyme disease, tend to be found in forested habitats, often in leaf litter or low-lying vegetation. Be careful and try to avoid these areas when walking your dogs.
Infected black-legged ticks also called deer ticks can transmit Lyme disease approximately 48 hours after attaching. You can help protect your pet by performing daily tick checks and removing ticks found.
Quick, effective removal of ticks is vital to preventing the transmission of Lyme disease. If you spot a tick on your dog, remove it immediately using fine tweezers placed close to the skin. For more information about tick removal, visit https://www.cdc.gov/ticks/removing_a_tick.html
1 Parasite Prevalence Maps. Companion Animal Parasite Council website.
https://capcvet.org/maps/#/2021/all-year/lyme-disease/dog/united-states. Accessed April 20, 2022.
2 Freedom of Information Summary, Supplemental NADA 141-406. NexGard (afoxolaner). July 13, 2018.