In order for the dog to get the disease, the tick must be attached at least 48 hours. Of the dogs infected, only 10% will have clinical signs. These signs do not appear until 2 to 5 months after exposure. They include fever, paralysis, swollen lymph nodes, inflammation of the joints, arthritis in dogs, lethargy, and loss of appetite. In some cases, the heart and kidneys are affected. Because of this, they may start spraying and marking randomly around the house, and may require a belly band for dogs to be fitted.
Several years ago, my neighbor’s dog, Barnaby collapsed and could not stand up. Sylvia had to get help lifting the 95 pound dog into the car. He was diagnosed with Lyme Disease and put on antibiotics for 30 days. Barnaby recovered. The best preventative is to apply Advantix to repel ticks. Even if the tick attaches, it will die within 18 hours, so it isn’t infectious.
Use of the vaccine is controversial. Prevention is best. Our Alaskan Malamute tests positive for the virus, but she was a rescue that we got 6 years ago, so she may have been exposed or vaccinated, it’s impossible to tell. She has arthritis, but at 12 years old, given her size, it’s not unusual. Some have suggested they give her CBD to reduce her discomfort. They have mentioned that those that specialize in CBD for pets can help. Websites like cbddoghealth.com provide some useful information on the topic of promoting health and wellbeing for pets. Hopefully, this information will help to provide this rescued dog some relief from the pain of arthritis.