What is Poodle Lyme Disease?
Poodle Lyme disease disease is a tick-transmitted disease whose symptoms are not easy to come by. The disease is typically painful, especially when joints swell.
Lyme Disease is normally caused by a bacterium, spirochete, which belongs to the Borrelia Burgdorferi species. Once your Poodle gets attacked by the infection, lameness as a result of joints inflammation is the most visible clinical feature. The disease could get serious and damage kidneys. In rare cases, the heart could also be impacted by Poodle Lyme Disease. Generally speaking, young Poodles appear to have a higher possibility of getting Lyme disease compared to the older ones.
How can I see if my Poodle dog has Lyme disease?
It’s possible to determine whether your poodle dog has Lyme disease, but you need to pay a very keen attention for this. Remember that the symptoms for this disease do not manifest themselves so easily. In fact, it’s estimated that only 5% to 10% of the world’s dogs with the disease show symptoms.
Recurrent lameness is a popular symptom visible in your dog that has Poodle Lyme disease. There are times when the lameness could last for about 3 to 4 days, only for it to recur a few weeks later. The recurrence may be in the same leg or in any other leg. Shifting-leg lameness refers to a situation where other legs, rather than the initial one, are impacted by lameness. It leads to the swelling of joints, which can also be warm and painful.
By keenly observing your poodle dog that has Lyme disease, you should be able to see other symptoms such as:
- Difficulty breathing
- Sensitivity to touch
- Stiff walk
- Lack of appetite
- Depression (normally shown by the dog being withdrawn)
- Nervous system complications and heart abnormalities may also occur
As Lyme disease advances, kidney failure may set in, triggering other signs like vomiting, weight loss, abnormal fluid buildups, thirst, and increased urination.
Shall I see a vet if my Poodle dog has Lyme disease?
Yes, you need to see a vet if your dog has Lyme disease. The vet will do basics like determining how advanced the disease could be. However, most of the treating will be done by you. When you discover a tick on your poodle dog, pluck it out immediately and preserve the tick in a jar. This can be used as a homeopathic remedy. You may use Ledum palustre 200C to prevent from effects of a recent tick bite. When it’s diagnosed that your poodle dog has Lyme disease, Aurum arsenicum 200C could be used as a treatment option. The dose normally lasts for a week and is administered twice a day.
What can I feed my Poodle dog that has Lyme disease?
The kind of food given to your poodle dog with Lyme disease should be one rich in omega-3 fatty acids. The omega-3 fatty acids are useful in controlling an inflammation. Potential foods for your poodle dog include:
- Hemp oil
- Whole fish
- Coconut oil
- Fish oil
- Flaxseed oil
- Plant oils
Some foods for your dog witch are ritch on omega-3 fatty acids:
Conclusion: Some people fear that they can get Lyme disease from their dogs. That’s not true. The disease is not zoonotic. This gives you a chance to care for your poodle dog without any such worries.