Just as there is a problem with an overuse of antibiotics in humans there is also the same problem in pets. Overuse of antibiotics in general has led to more difficult strains of antibiotic resistant diseases.
Veterinarians are known to not use any antibiotics for Lyme disease in dogs if there are no clinical symptoms but a positive blood test. Your vet will discuss these options with you. If your dog is showing symptoms, the usual course of doxycycline or similar antibiotic is prescribed for about 4 weeks. If symptoms return, an addition course may be required.
8. Know Your Breed
Some breeds are affected more than others by Lyme disease. These breeds or mixes of these breeds should be treated immediately if they test positive for Lyme or are suspected of having Lyme disease.
Lyme disease can cause serious complications and destroy the kidneys. Kidney complications are found in Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Shetland Sheepdogs and Burmese Mountain dogs.
These breeds should be seen by the veterinarian for treatment immediately. Doxycycline or another antibiotic should be started as soon as possible.
9. Get Treatment Fast
It’s often hard to realize that your dog has Lyme Disease and by then they may have had it for some time. Don’t delay treatment. Once you suspect Lyme Disease in dogs or see any symptoms, contact your vet. Early treatment works best.
Lyme is still a type of bacterium, so it can be controlled by antibiotics. Even with early treatment it often takes a long course of treatment, up to four weeks. If your dog has had Lyme for a long time, it may take more than one treatment. Your veterinarian may change to a stronger antibiotic if necessary.
10. Protect Your Property
Learn how to create a tick-safe zone around your property. You can reduce tick habitats in your yard by keeping it mowed and raked. Also, you should clear away all the tall grasses and brush from your yard. You can also have a professional company spray your yard for fleas and ticks. There are also products on the market that you can find to do it yourself.