Lyme Disease is on the rise in Ireland and the results can be devastating. Unfortunately, Irish GP’s often mistake the symptoms and do not take it as seriously as countries such as Germany and Switzerland (where you can receive proper medical care).
You can contract Lyme disease from ticks that live on your pet. It may be deadly to both of you. Ticks can attach themselves when your pet is outdoors and can hide in fur for a long time. If your pet contracts Lyme disease, you won’t see a rash. The first clinical signs are pain, fever or lameness. You may initially mistake a limp for an injury, keep an eye out for the limp changing from one foot to another.
If you contract Lyme disease, you might experience little to no symptoms. Some people feel muscle/joint pain or fever, get bad migraines and find a bulls-eye rash on their skin. The severity of symptoms can vary from one person to another and sometimes can take months to show themselves.
If you or your pet is bitten, seek medical treatment immediately.
Things you need to know:
- It’s a year-round threat.
- It can happen anywhere in the country.
- Using a repellent might not stop the tick from attaching itself.
- Wherever possible, avoid taking your pets to thick, grassy areas. Check for ticks on yourself and your pet daily and remove them immediately.
Read our article on how to remove them here
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