You are probably familiar with Lyme Disease…however, you may not realize that it’s the most common tick-transmitted disease in the world.
This disease also happens to be highly over diagnosed and over treated in dogs.
Over-vaccination is a serious problem in veterinary medicine…but you also need to protect your pet.
As a matter of fact…. only 5-10% of infected dogs ever develop Lyme disease symptoms. This lack of disease symptoms in dogs…. raises serious questions about prevention and treatment practices in conventional veterinary medicine.
The only way to contract the disease comes from the bacteria (Borrelia Burgdorferi)…. primarily, it can only be transmitted from the bite of deer ticks. That’s it. It can’t be passed on any other way.
The disease is reported throughout the United State and Europe… above all, they are most common in the upper Midwestern states….and the Atlantic and Pacific coastal areas.
Symptoms of Lyme Disease in Dogs
As mentioned earlier, most dogs exposed to the disease never develop any symptoms.
When the infection does lead to disease…the dominant symptoms includes lameness due to inflammation in the joints….loss of appetite…and depression.
Sometimes the lameness last for only a few days but can recur weeks later.
Some dogs may develop long term issues like kidney problems which can lead to diarrhea…. vomiting….weight loss….and increased urination and thirst.
Other symptoms can include:
- Difficulty in breathing
- Sensitivity to touch
- Stiff walk with back arched
What is Lyme Disease and is it a REAL Threat?
Lyme is a disease, not an imbalance in our dogs.
Many of today pet ailments and illnesses are caused by physiological imbalances in our dog’s systems….instead of using prescription medications….these can often be treated with natural remedies.
Diseases on the other hand like Distemper, Parvo, and Lyme…are infectious diseases that can be identified and transmitted. These diseases can be isolated, cultured, grown, and transmitted.
It’s a straight-up….true disease-causing….living bacteria or virus.
Most non-infectious conditions in dogs like hormone, liver, and kidney challenges are not like this. Typically, these are cascading conditions brought on by imbalances in your dog.
The fact is…natural resistance exists in the animal world which prevents most illnesses from infectious diseases like Lyme.
Research shows that the heavy vaccination of animals (particularly dogs)…. actually reduces their immune system functions. Which weakens their natural ability to fight these pathogens.
Lyme Disease Epidemic – Is it real?
The blow-up “epidemic” of Lyme disease…. began around the same time that in-clinic testing became popular. These early screen tests showed over 90% of all dogs testing positive in some areas.
But in reality…the epidemic was for Lyme detection. The epidemic was NOT in Lyme infection.
Meaning, a positive result for this test…. only showed that the animal was exposed to ticks that carry the Lyme disease…but that doesn’t automatically translate to infection…or symptoms.
So go ahead…and do the test for your dog…it helps you decide if your pet is protected from infections. But don’t treat your dog based solely on the test results. Remember, a positive test means your dog was exposed to the disease...it doesn’t mean they have been infected with Lyme.
Very few tests actually look for Lyme organisms….since they are tough to find. Most tests are only for the antibodies that fight Lyme. Because this test is only basically showing an immune response.
The most common tests are the “SNAP” tests…those are done right in the vets office. These should be used for screening only (not diagnosing)….because are not definitive tests.
If the screen results are positive…. you should get more information. The Cornell University Multiplex is the best test now…. which is tops for diagnosis and monitoring.
Is your dog showing symptoms?
Does your dog show symptoms? This is the key factor in deciding whether to treat for Lyme disease. When testing positive (to exposure- not infection)…. but not showing symptoms…you should discuss options with your vet.
Lyme treatment is usually done with antibiotics over a period of a few weeks. Your dog should improve rapidly.
Prevention is the #1 protection
So, the easiest way to protect your dog from Lyme disease…. is to control your dog’s exposure to ticks.
This is especially true in peak tick season…. and when your dog spends time romping in tall grass…. and wooded brush. Keep grass and brush trimmed in your yard…because this is where they like to hide.
First of all, use conventional or all-natural flea and tick prevention...such as, Diatomaceous Earth. It’s is a common and effective all-natural home treatment. DE is a top choice since it is all-natural…non-toxic…easy to use…and best of all it’s CHEAP!
There are plenty of very good Homeopathic herbal based flea and tick prevention. These natural substances and essential oils deter bugs from even latching on. Never use essential oils on cats…many of them are toxic to felines.
So, check your dogs coat and skin every day. Remove ticks by hand with tweezers. Never use nail polish, matches, or needles. Getting ticks off in the first 24 hours will reduce your dogs exposure to this disease.
There is a Lyme disease vaccination which I don’t recommend…since it’s highly controversial.
Remember, natural protection occurs in your dogs immune system…and vaccinations weaken this system.
Rather than risk damage to your dogs immune system due to vaccination…focus on promoting vitality in your dog. Robust dogs are less likely to contract Lyme disease Even if they are exposed to the ticks that carry the bacteria.
For testing…the positive SNAP test does not equal infection. The Cornell Multiplex is a good test for diagnosis and monitoring.
Prevention is your #1 line of defense. Keeping your dog healthy and vibrant is another layer of protection. Healthy bodies naturally fight disease.
Keeping your dog’s system in balance keeps everything working together. This way you are protecting them naturally from the inside…against infectious diseases.
Protect them cheaply and easily with diatomaceous earth. It really does make a difference…and you aren’t poisoning your pet.
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All the best!