You have heard all about the affects of lyme disease but you have never personally experienced it so you think it can’t be bad? That is where I was at until my dog Moose was infected by lyme diseases. Lyme disease is transmitted by ticks that carry the lyme disease and then affect the people or animals that they bite. When Moose was affected with lyme disease we thought it was the end of Moose.
Moose was fine during the day. He ran and played with the kids and had his usually energy. Then suddenly Moose struggled to walk. He was extremely confused and needed help. It was so sudden that we thought it must be something awful and it was. Moose lost control of his legs. He could not walk in a straight line and he didn’t even think properly. Of course his illness did not appear until Sunday night when all the pet clinics are closed so we waited until morning to take Moose to the doctor.
By morning Moose was worse. He was in pain but we could not diagnose where the pain was coming from. We would try to pick him up but he would screech in pain. It was scary so we found a vet who was open for appointments. It was an extra hour drive to get Moose to that vet but it was an emergency since Moose was deteriorating rapidly.
Moose had to struggle to get in the van since he was in such pain when we picked him up. Once at the vet he had to struggle to get out of the van because he couldn’t stand being touched. This same condition made it tough for the vet to examine him. Moose is usually a baby but this was real pain and we could tell.
We sat feeling we would have to put Moose down. A blood test showed that Moose had lyme disease and he would need antibiotics that were very strong. It was no guarantee that Moose would recover.
Once on the antibiotic Moose was better. Every day he gained strength. It was like a miracle to watch him go from totally out of it to back in the groove so to speak. Moose was lucky. He recovered and it has been six years since he had limes disease and he is healthy. Some dogs are not so lucky.
You can prevent limes disease from happening to your pets with vaccinations against lyme disease. You can also put a flea and tick collar on your dog to help prevent lyme disease. You should check your dog often for ticks and when you find one remove the tick with s tweezers. Brush your dog frequently to help you discover any ticks that may be on the dog. For more information you can go to http://www.lymeprevention.com/. August 26th is National Dogs Day. If you haven’t already done things to prevent lyme disease start.