April is Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month

Dr. Chelsey Lufkin
Lead Veterinarian CityVet Preston Forest

As we embrace warmer weather, it’s essential to be aware of the potential risks that come with it, particularly for our beloved canine companions. April marks “Prevent Lyme Disease in Dogs Month,” as spring marks the beginning of the peak tick season in many regions, making it a timely reminder to prioritize the health and well-being of our furry friends. 

Lyme Disease

Risk Factors

Lyme disease, caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, is primarily transmitted to dogs through the bite of infected ticks, specifically the black-legged tick (also known as the deer tick). While Lyme disease can affect dogs of any breed or age, certain factors may increase a dog’s susceptibility to the illness. 

  • Dogs who spend a significant amount of time outdoors, particularly in wooded or grassy areas where ticks thrive. 
  • Dogs living in regions where Lyme disease is endemic, such as the Northeastern, Mid-Atlantic, and Upper Midwest regions of the United States. 
  • Dogs with inadequate tick prevention measures, such as lack of regular tick checks or failure to use tick repellents. 


Early detection of Lyme disease is crucial for successful treatment. Keep an eye out for the following symptoms in your dog: 

  • Lethargy and decreased energy levels 
  • Loss of appetite 
  • Fever 
  • Lameness or limping, often shifting from one leg to another 
  • Swollen joints 
  • Difficulty breathing 


Take proactive measures to prevent Lyme disease in your dog: 

  • Use veterinarian-approved tick preventatives regularly, especially during peak tick season. 
  • Conduct thorough tick checks on your dog after outdoor activities, paying close attention to areas such as the ears, neck, and between toes. 
  • Consider landscaping modifications to reduce tick habitats in your yard, such as keeping grass trimmed and removing leaf litter. 


If you suspect your dog may be showing signs of Lyme disease or if you’ve discovered a tick attached to them, don’t hesitate to lean on your trusted partners here at CityVet. Our veterinary team is always ready to lend a helping hand and provide expert guidance tailored to your pet’s specific needs. 

Prevention is Key

  • Pet-Proof Your Home: Regularly inspect your home for any potential hazards and keep them out of reach. 
  • Educate Your Family: Ensure all family members are aware of what items can be dangerous to pets. 
  • Store Medications Safely: Always keep medications in secure cabinets.
  • Choose Pet-Safe Plants and Products: Opt for non-toxic options when buying plants and household products. 

When you visit CityVet with your concerns, rest assured that you’re not just another appointment on our schedule – you’re a valued member of our extended family. Our experienced veterinarians are dedicated to providing personalized care that prioritizes the health and well-being of your furry family members above all else. 

Whether you have questions about Lyme disease prevention, suspect your dog may be at risk, or simply need a little reassurance, we’re here to help every step of the way. Visit CityVet to schedule an appointment or talk to one of our veterinary professionals. Together, let’s keep your dog happy, healthy, and tick-free for years to come.