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Lyme Disease Vaccination for Dogs

Lyme Disease Dogs Vaccination
Lyme Disease Vaccination


What is Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is caused by the spiral-shaped bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. It causes similar symptoms in dogs and in people including fever, lethargy, joint pain (often characterized by pain moving from one joint to another), and infection and inflammation of the kidneys. If left untreated, Lyme disease can lead to kidney failure and death. Dogs are not typically plagued by chronic Lyme disease like people. Typically treatment once resolves the active infection in dogs.

How can my dog contract Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is passed by ticks. The most common type of tick associated with Lyme disease is the deer tick. The tick must attach to the dog and feed for approximately 24 hours to transmit the disease. Many dogs are exposed to Lyme disease but their immune system can fight off infection without medical treatment.


About the Lyme disease vaccine:

There is a vaccine available to prevent Lyme disease in dogs. The Merial Recombitek Lyme is the most effective; however, no Lyme vaccine offers 100% protection. Some studies have reported efficacy as low as 60%. The vaccine requires 2 initial doses given 3 weeks apart. It is then boostered annually.

Does my dog need the Lyme vaccine?

The vaccine should be considered for dogs at high risk. High risk areas of the United States include the New England and Mid-Atlantic regions. Discuss the use of topical tick preventative along with the risks and benefits of the vaccine with your vet.

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