How to Protect Your Pet From Lyme Disease

Cats, Dogs, Infectious Diseases

It’s springtime, which means your pet might be heading outside. This is when it’s good to start thinking about protecting your pet against ticks.

Why Ticks?

Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi which is transmitted to dogs from a tick bite. Several types of ticks can transmit Lyme disease, the most common being the deer tick—common in our area.

How to Tell if Your Dog’s Been Infected with Lyme Disease

Many dogs become infected by the bacterial organism, but fortunately do not develop clinical signs. If they do, the most common clinical signs of infection are lameness and fever. Sometimes the lameness shifts from one leg to the other.

If Lyme disease is suspected, a simple blood test can be performed to determine if the infection is present. Actually each year EMRVC performs a routine check for heartworm and tick infections, one being Lyme disease.

Treating and Preventing Lyme Disease in Dogs

Lyme infection is commonly treated with the oral antibiotic Doxycycline. Prevention is easy. For that we recommend yearly vaccination, beginning the series as a puppy, and at 6 months of age using the FDA approved medication called Bravecto. Bravecto is just one pill that kills ticks (and fleas) for 12 weeks.

Discounts on Lyme Medication

EMRVC often offers discounts on tick medications. Contact us if you’d like to pick up some medicine for your pet!

Essex Middle River Veterinary Center provides medical and surgical care for cats and dogs at our animal hospital and veterinary clinic in Essex, Maryland, just outside of Baltimore. Our services include preventive wellness care exams, vaccines, spays/neuters, and a variety of specialized care. Our state-of-the-art veterinary offices are conveniently located near I-695 where we see pets from Towson, Honeygo, White Marsh, and other neighboring Baltimore areas.

What Pet Owners Should Know About CBD

By now, you have likely heard about CBD. Maybe someone you know is using it to treat their pets, or perhaps you read saw on the internet describing it as a new wonder drug. But what should you, as a pet owner, know before considering the purchase of a CBD product?...

What It Means When Your Dog is Limping With One Back Leg

Over the past five to 10 years, veterinarians have been seeing more dogs who experience periods of limping on one of their back legs. While this sign can be indicative of a less serious soft tissue injury such as muscle bruising, tendonitis, or a hyperextension, it...

Winter is Coming — Don’t Let Fleas Ruin Your Holidays!

With the coming of the fall season I can expect cooler weather, foliage change, children in costumes, and an excessive amount of pumpkin-inspired beverages. Another seasonal change I have come to expect is the increasing number of my patients with flea symptoms. A...

The Dangerous Link Between Grain-Free Dog Food and Heart Disease

Grain-free pet diets have become very popular over the last several years. Following public perception, many pet food companies promote grain-free diets as being a more natural alternative to conventional diets. However, this trend has led to serious health side...

More Resource Categories:

How Do I Purchase a Safe Pet Food For My Cat or Dog?

Within the last few weeks, Hill's voluntarily recalled several of their canned dog foods including some of their...

Does My Pet Really Need Dental Care?

Many pet owners wonder why their animals might need dental care. Our veterinarians have answered the most common...
Comments Box SVG iconsUsed for the like, share, comment, and reaction icons

Our latest survey winner is Anne Dumps - ask us how you can be next! ... See MoreSee Less

Our latest survey winner is Anne Dumps - ask us how you can be next!

4 days ago

Essex Middle River Veterinary Center

Help Our Veteran'sNov 9, 1:30pmEssex Middle River Veterinary CenterThere is still time to get donations to us!! ... See MoreSee Less

Help Our Veterans

Happy Thanksgiving from the Doctors and staff of EMRVC ... See MoreSee Less

Happy Thanksgiving from the Doctors and staff of EMRVC

Comment on Facebook

Happy Thanksgiving for Reece!

Happy thanksgiving to you all from Ben

View more comments

We will be closing Wednesday, November 27th at 5:00pm and closed Thursday, November 28th in observance of Thanksgiving. We will reopen Friday, November 28th at 7:30am. If you have a pet emergency, please call or go directly to:
Pet ER 410-252-8387
Animal Emergency Hospital - 410-420-7297
Thank you
... See MoreSee Less

We will be closing Wednesday, November 27th at 5:00pm and closed Thursday, November 28th in observance of Thanksgiving. We will reopen Friday, November 28th at 7:30am. If you have a pet emergency, please call or go directly to:
Pet ER 410-252-8387 
Animal Emergency Hospital - 410-420-7297
Thank you

Comment on Facebook

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all!

More of our Super Star Senior pets
Snowflake
Daisy
Chase
Bella
Precious
... See MoreSee Less

Comment on Facebook

What a beautiful bunch!

Let’s not forget Skylee !! She’s 10.5 years old !

Wow daisy and chase look so different I love them

Load more