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Treating Lyme Disease in Dogs
Lyme Disease is one of the most common tick-transmitted diseases in dogs. It can cause a variety of symptoms, but the most common is lameness from inflammation of the joints and bones. General feeling of lethargy and a lack of appetite are also common. However, it only causes symptoms in about 10% of dogs. If your dog tests positive for Lyme Disease, it's still possible they might not be showing any symptoms.
We always recommend you follow your vet’s recommendations for what to do if your pet is diagnosed with Lyme Disease, especially since in some cases it can lead to serious heart and kidney complications. Vaccines and antibiotics for Lyme do exist, but there are many ways to manage symptoms if they are present and persistent.
At Petwell Supply we offer several options specifically for Lyme Disease. We have joint supplements like Herbsmith's Sooth Joints edible powder that can be added to your pet's meals and Wondercide's Fidoplex hip and joint support pills that can be chewed, swallowed whole, or broken down into powder. There are also remedies specifically to amp up your pet's immune system, like Earth Animal's Immune Support liquid and Herbsmith's Support Immunity powder.
Flower essences can also be used for treatment and to help deal with energy-related problems. These essences are specially prepared extracts of flowering parts of certain plants that work through energy fields to heal stress and disease from the inside- there's even a flower essence specifically for Lyme Disease!
Prevention is key, especially during the summer months when ticks are more common.
- If you live in an area with ticks or have let your dog walk in a tick-infested area, do a once-over of your pets coat daily. If there is a tick remove it by hand or tweezers. make sure to not crush the tick as you remove it because it increases risk of infection.
- Make sure your dog’s home environment is clean. We recommend using a spray, such as Wondercide’s to kill the life cycle of ticks that may be in your dog’s bed or crate. It can also be sprayed on your dog to kill any existing ticks and prevent against future ones.
- Make sure to stay vigilant in your tick checks, as the risk of your pet picking up ticks only decreases after the first heavy frost.
What You Need To Know About That FDA Alert
There’s no question that everyone wants what is best for their pet. That’s why it’s easy to panic when the FDA issues alerts about the foods we give our furry friends every day. The recent FDA statement that there may be a link between several grain-free dog foods and heart disease has sent many owners into a tizzy. Of course we are always here to support you and answer your questions in-store, but a little information might at least start to quell the worry.
The FDA’s announcement was not a blanket statement by any means. Their studies focused solely on cases of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (or DCM). This type of heart disease weakens the heart muscle’s ability to pump blood, which often ultimately leads to congestive heart failure. Some breeds are already genetically prone to this kind of cardiac health issue, regardless of their diet. The President of the American Veterinary Medical Association John de Jong also pointed out that “the F.D.A. has a responsibility that if there are more than five or ten isolated cases [of an issue], that is something to be reported.” Out of the estimated 77 million pet dogs in the United States, there have only been 506 cases of DCM reported that were potentially linked to diet since 2014.
In short, the alert is not an immediate call to toss out the food you give to Fido. Nutrition is a constantly evolving and sometimes imperfect science. At Petwell Supply, we generally recommend foods with the highest quality ingredients and the lowest amount of processing in production. Some pets have allergies or GI issues that require them to have a grain-free diet, and that doesn’t necessarily mean they will develop DCM as a result.
“We’re not saying don’t use these brands, we’re just telling pet owners to work directly with their veterinarians because we’re still investigating,” said Lindsay Haake, a spokesperson for the FDA.
Diet is also not the only factor in your pet’s heart health. Frequent communication and regular check-ups with your veterinarian are always a good idea, but you can also do your part by making sure your pet has proper exercise, weight management, and dental care. For more information, click here to read this blog post! And, of course, if you’re still anxious after all of this talk of cardiac problems, feel free to stop by our store or our website where we sell taurine supplements for overall heart health!
- Petwell Supply Team
DIY Grain-Free Dog Treats
Try these simple, 2 ingredient grain-free treats made with baby food. You will love how easy they are, and your dog will love the taste!
What You'll Need:
- 2 cups chickpea flour
- 8 oz sweet potato baby food
- Silicone tray
- Combine chickpea flour and baby food and mix well
- Fill silicone tray
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes
- Store in airtight container
- Vanessa Rances
DIY Foxtail Braid Toy
Does your pup need a fun new toy? Check out this DIY foxtail braid toy that you can make out of an old t-shirt.
What You'll Need:
- Tennis ball
- Cut across an old t-shirt from armpit to armpit
- Cut the torso into two long rectangles
- Cut across seam on both rectangles
- Cut the top half of the shirt into long, thin strips
- Drape the previously cut rectangles over the tennis ball (alternately)
- Pinch shirt pieces at the bottom of tennis ball and tie together with one of the strips
- Braid the rest of the loose fabric and secure end with another strip
- Vanessa Rances