What's Wrong with Bella?

Bella has Lyme! Yes, Dogs get Lyme too

When it comes to our pets we will do anything to make them safe.  They rely on us and only us for their safety.  #weston #westport #wilton #fairfield #lyme #tickssuck #connecticut #pets #protectmyfamily #tickspray #fetch

That’s why Bugs and Blades exist: To make you and your family safe on your own #fairfieldcounty property.


It is nasty, and it is officially called Lyme Borreliosis.  It is one of the most common tick-transmitted diseases in the world but only causes symptoms in 5-10% of affected dogs. Since the symptoms do not always appear it is even more important that these ticks are eliminated from your property. 

You try to check Bella every time she comes in from the outside but sometimes maybe you forget.  And how effective are we looking for a small brown tick on a hairy brown or black dog?  Tough duty and yet your dog’s health and perhaps his life depends on your effectiveness.  Doesn’t it make sense to just make sure the ticks don’t even exist on your property?

Furthermore, ticks on your #pets can be a danger to you. Animal fur can act like a “tick magnet.” You may be exposed to ticks when you snuggle with your cat or dog, or when you ride your horse. Pet owners should check their pets for ticks and use tick collars or other topical flea and tick treatments.  But the best method is to spray your property and kill the enemy before it attacks you and your canine friend.

When infection leads to disease, the dominant clinical feature is recurrent lameness due to inflammation of the joints.  There may be a lack of appetite and depression.  More serious complications include damage to the kidneys and sometimes heart or the nervous system.

Labrador retrievers, Golden retrievers, Shetland sheepdogs and Bernese Mountain dogs are more prevalent to developing kidney disease than others.  Also, young dogs appear to be more susceptible.

Other symptoms include:

  • Stiff walk with an arched back.

  • Sensitivity to touch

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Fever, lack of appetite and depression

  • Kidney failure begins to exhibit by vomiting, diarrhea, lack of appetite, weight loss, increased urination, thirst and abnormal fluid buildups.

Keep in mind that a very small percentage of dogs even show symptoms and may yet still have been infected by ticks.  The tick only needs to be on your best friend for two days!


Most dogs with a sudden onset of the symptoms respond quite well to antibiotics and begin recovering from their lameness and fever within five days.  The prognosis for these dogs is good, however, the symptoms can return.  If they do, it usually is several weeks to months after their first bout of symptoms. Subsequent episodes should respond equally well to treatment with oral antibiotics and should occur with decreasing frequency over time.

The prognosis for dogs that develop kidney problems from Lyme disease is guarded to poor. Unfortunately, sometimes their life expectancy is only days to weeks after their illness is diagnosed. Sad ending to Bella who did nothing wrong and had no idea a little brown tick was hidden on his furry body. Call #bugsandblades for pet-friendly tick spraying service.


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