Preventing Lyme Disease
More information about ticks, tick removal and risks

Pets

What do I do if my pet has a tick attached?

It’s important to do regular tick checks on any pets that spend time outdoors. If you find a tick on your pet, it’s important to removed it as soon as possible using a safe method. Fine-tipped tweezers work effectively for this. Please see the Safe Tick Removal section of this website for instructions. Keeping the tick in a small jar or baggie is recommended since it can be tested by your veterinarian. Once the tick is removed, it is advisable to contact your veterinarian for health advice for your pet.

A tool called a “tick twister” may be a good option for tick removal for your pet.

Veterinarian Tick Submission Form (Alberta): Click Here
List of Public Health Offices (Alberta) accepting ticks from the environment: Click Here

What are the symptoms of Lyme in pets?

Dogs: arthritis, pain/lameness, lack of appetite, inactivity, fever, swollen joints & lymph nodes
Cats: stiff joints & limbs, pain/lameness, fatigue, fever, loss of appetite, sudden collapse, trance-like state and in severe cases, anemia
Horses: lameness, inflammation (eyes & tissues), swollen joints & stiffness, weight loss, tender muscles

Ticks found on any animal should be removed immediately.

How do I prevent tick bites on my pet?

There are many products on the market for tick prevention; some good and some not-so-good. It is advisable to speak further on tick prevention with your veterinarian to hear his/her recommendations. They are the experts on your beloved pet’s health!

How is my pet treated for Lyme Disease?

Luckily for our pets, testing for Lyme disease in our pets is much more reliable and conclusive than with humans. Follow your vet’s lead on tick-borne disease testing.

Pets, like people, require antibiotic treatment for Lyme disease infection. If treated swiftly, the disease can be eradicated. It’s important to monitor your pet and contact your veterinarian swiftly with any concerns.

If left untreated, Lyme disease can develop into a chronic capacity which has potential to cause kidney damage and possibly even death.

What about other tick-borne illnesses?

Like people, pets can be infected with other types of tick-borne disease such as Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) and Ehrlichiosis. Please talk to your vet for more information and read this page on tick-borne diseases.

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