Has your dog been acting abnormally? Have you noticed the following symptoms…Fever, Loss of Appetite, Reduced Energy, Lameness, Stiffness Pain, and/or Swelling of Joints? The culprit may be Lyme disease, a tick-borne (“tick-caused”) disease otherwise known as Borrelia burgdorferi. This dangerous bacterium is transferred to animals and people via tick bites. If left untreated, Lyme disease can lead to serious illness, and in some cases, death. In this guide you will find an overview of Lyme disease in dogs, covering topics such as… What is Lyme disease? What are the symptoms? How do dog owners test for and treat this tick-borne disease? What are the recommended steps for prevention? What is the safest form of tick removal? Read on to learn more about Lyme disease, and, how to remove a tick from a dog –without risk of direct, human contact…using your Revolutionary TickZapper®!
What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease is an illness that can affect both humans and animals (a “zoonotic” disease). It is transferred to hosts (humans or animals) by infected bites of parasites such as blacklegged ticks (also known as the ‘deer tick’); the western blacklegged is known to spread Lyme disease on the West coast. First recognized as a ‘human’ disease in the United States, in the 1980s, only a few hundred Lyme disease cases were reported annually. Unfortunately, tick infestations are on the rise in the United States. In fact, there were close to one million canine-positive test results reported annually, in the US, between 2011 and 2015, as noted by IDEXX labs and Lymedisease.org. This inflammatory disease may cause symptoms mentioned in the first paragraph, and although not common, may also cause kidney failure, or even death. In the case of Lyme disease, the infected blacklegged tick attaches to a ‘host’ (humans or animals). Once attached, the tick will securely insert its mouthparts into the host’s skin, and proceed to suck the host’s blood for several days. Diseases such as Lyme are transmitted during this process. Tick feeding alone can also be a cause of illness or death in animals, aside from the pathogens they transmit, including severe toxemias and blood loss due to large consumption of blood. It is for these reasons that the entire tick should be removed immediately!
Testing & Treatments:
The moment you realize that your beloved pet is not behaving normally, you should make an appointment with your veterinarian. Though Lyme disease is typically not life-threatening, it may be fatal if left to progress. The good news is that testing and treatment can be both easy and cost-effective. Like most bacterial infections, Lyme disease can be treated through the daily administration of oral antibiotics for several weeks. Catching Lyme disease in its early stages and starting antibiotic treatment immediately will help ensure that the symptoms such as those detailed above will not be severe for your dog. A helpful test which identifies heartworm, Lyme disease, Ehrlichia, and Anaplasma, all at once, is the SNAP 4DX Plus test. You can read more HERE.
Fast and Effective Tick Removal With TickZapper®
The best possible outcome is to prevent ticks from infecting your dog with Lyme disease in the first place. The best way to prevent the transfer of tick-borne diseases such as Lyme disease, from infecting your pets, is to locate and remove ticks as quickly as possible once they have attached. Removal of a tick within 24 – 36 hours after an initial attachment may drastically reduce the chances of disease transfer. Be forewarned: improper removal won’t get rid of the tick, and, may cause a tick-borne disease to spread faster. As far as proper tick removal goes, there is no better method or product than TickZapper®.
So, what is the most efficient, effective, and easiest method of tick removal? The answer is…TickZapper®! A tick removal solution that works to remove the entire tick (including mouthparts!) from pets – with no need for direct human contact with the tick! TickZapper® has a convenient encapsulation chamber at the tip, which securely captures and contains the tick. No more worries about a tick falling away and living on, only to find its next host! Simply press the lever to open the tip, and release over your tick. It is now secured! Push the green button to stun your tick, which will force it to release from your pet – including its mouthparts! No more pulling on your pet’s skin, or leaving mouthparts behind! Once the tick is gently stunned, you will be able to choose what disposal method works best for YOU…send away for analysis, dispose of tick, or relocate. Either way, the choice is yours…and you did it all without the risk of direct human contact with the tick!
The Steps for Quick Reference:
- Step 1: Locate tick on your pet; move fur away to expose tick’s location.
- Step 2: Push clear lever, place tip over tick, release lever for secure containment.
- Step 3: Press green button twice to stun the tick, prompting it to release.
- Step 4: Turn your TickZapper® clockwise, then pull directly outward, to safely remove the tick from your pet.
- Step 5: Send your tick away for analysis, dispose of tick, or relocate it…your choice!