I have a lab that was diagnosed with Lyme disease and has been on doxycycline for 20 days. Her lethargy is gone and her appetite has returned. She’s able to run and jump, but she becomes very stiff afterwards, and she limps on both front legs, alternating. Will my vet prescribe another round of doxycycline or something stronger when she finishes her medication? What should I do and expect?
Treatment for Lyme Disease in Dogs
I’m sorry to hear that Bella has Lyme disease! It’s great to hear that the doxycycline is already showing positive effects on her energy and appetite. The antibiotic doxycycline is indeed the treatment of choice for Lyme disease in dogs. You can learn more about Lyme Disease in Dogs in our article here: Lyme Disease in Dogs 101.
Sometimes, it can take a long course of antibiotics to treat Lyme disease fully. It is up to her vet to decide if she needs another course of antibiotics or if a stronger medication is necessary. Every dog responds differently to treatment, so it’s essential to keep in regular contact with your veterinarian during this process. They will be able to guide you on the best course of action for Bella’s specific case.
Preventing and Managing Ticks
As Lyme disease is transmitted through tick bites, it’s crucial to take preventative measures against ticks to lower the risk of reinfection or other tick-borne diseases. Ensuring that you’re using effective flea and tick control for your dog is an essential part of protecting them. You can read more about flea and tick prevention in our article: Flea and Tick Control for Dogs.
Additionally, it’s always a good idea to check your dog for ticks regularly, especially after they’ve been in wooded areas or tall grass where ticks are more likely to thrive. If you do find a tick on your dog, make sure to remove it safely using a tick-removal tool or fine-tipped tweezers. Grasp the tick as close to your dog’s skin as possible and pull it out slowly and steadily without twisting or jerking it. It’s essential not to squeeze or crush the tick, as this can release harmful bacteria into your dog’s bloodstream.
Other Parasite Concerns
While you’re focusing on tick prevention, don’t forget about other common parasites like fleas, heartworms, and intestinal worms that can affect your dog’s health. Regularly administering preventative medications for these parasites is essential to keep your dog healthy. Here’s an essential guide that covers everything you need to know about fleas, ticks, and worms: Fleas, Ticks & Worms: What You Need to Know.
In case your dog’s heartworm medication was given late or missed, it’s crucial to consult with your vet for guidance on the next steps. Our article on what to do if your dog’s heartworm medication was given late offers advice to help you through this situation.
In conclusion, keep a close relationship with your veterinarian during Bella’s treatment for Lyme disease, and stay vigilant about tick prevention to protect her from further complications. Best of luck to you and Bella!