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My Border Collie-Aussie Mix, Dog Training Course, Lyme Disease

Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy is almost a year old.  His birthday is coming up in 3 weeks.  Man, has he grown in every way.  The dog training guide we bought has been a blessing and would recommend it to anyone.  It has saved our relationship early on.

Now, Kash is pretty good most of the time.  We still have a problem with “jumping on people” every now and then.  He just gets excited and forgets.  He does stay around the house outside very well.  He comes a running whenever you call or whistle for him.

He loves to hunt chipmunks and spends a couple hours a day doing whenever I am at home all day.  There are now two chipmunks with short tails. (he bit them off while playing with the critters)

We went for a 4 hour hike through the Saugatuck Dunes along Lake Michigan.  It is my old stomping grounds.  There are more trails now than there were 25-30 years ago.  I still remember how to get around in there though.  We let Kash swim in Lake Michigan and he ran full blast right into a wave.  Boy he sure loves the water.

Border Collie-Aussie running along the beach.
Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie Mix Running Along Lake Michigan

Like I said in previous posts, if it wasn’t for our dog training course we bought online, and our healthy dog food recipes we purchased, I don’t think Kash would be as healthy and vibrant as he is.  He is a handsome pup!  Healthy as can be.  Not a minute of sickness.

There has been a concern due to me finding 7 deer ticks in the last week on Kash.  He has tick preventative medicine on, and he has had Lyme Disease prevention shots, but I’m still cautious and checking him over every day.  I’m checking me over too!

A birthday party is coming up for Kash.  You are all invited.  Details will be coming shortly.

Feed your dog well both mentally and physically.

Thomas and Kash

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Is Your Border Collie-Aussie at Risk for Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is a valid danger for your Border Collie-Aussie dog, or any dog for that matter.

Border Collie-Aussie dog gets checked for ticks everyday

Lyme disease has been around for at least 90-100 years.  It got it’s name from a little town called Lyme, CT, were it was first discovered.  It used to be found more on the East Coast of the United States, although now can be in many areas westward due to migration patterns of birds and mammals.

Lyme bacteria is transmitted by a tick bite.  The deer tick is specifically targeted as the tick responsible for transmitting the Lyme disease.  It usually takes a minimum of 48 hours for a tick to pass the bacteria after attaching to the host animal.  So if the tick is discovered and removed within 36-48 hours of attachment, it is likely the dog will not get the disease.

So check your pet after a walk, especially if you have passed through long grassy areas, wooded lots, or even rolling around in the lawn.

The symptoms of Lyme disease can include: tiredness, lethargy, fever, and swollen and /or stiff joints.  If left untreated, a painful crippling arthritis or possible fatal kidney disease may develop.  If people develop Lyme disease due to a deer tick bite, a “bullseye rash” usually develops at the bite site.  This telltale sign does NOT happen with dogs.

There is a test available through your local veterinarian that can be done to determine if your dog has been exposed to the Lyme bacteria.  Ask your vet.  This test should be considered routine in heavy tick infested areas or where known Lyme disease occurrences have been noted.

If Lyme disease is detected, then a simple regiment of antibiotics may be required to make sure your dog stays healthy and safe.

Prevention is the key to making sure your dog is protected from Lyme disease.  Check with your vet as to the best tick control medication or tick preventative medication, be it topical applications, sprays, or collars.  Maybe a combination of any or all methods.  The other method is a tick vaccination available through your vet for dogs exposed to a high number of ticks on a regular basis.

If you find a tick on your dog, (and you should be checking) the object is to remove the tick as quickly as possible.

How to remove a tick: Use a set of plain or pointed tweezers and get a hold of the tick as close to the dog’s skin as possible.  Pull straight up with a steady but even pressure to avoid breaking the head off in the skin.  If so, remove head if possible.  Otherwise leave it alone and the skin will heal, usually leaving a small bump for a couple weeks.  You may need a magnifying glass and good light to see what you need to see.

Lyme disease is a very real disease and has been reported in Southwest Michigan.  I myself, had to be treated a couple years ago on Thanksgiving Day (really late for ticks).  I had a deer tick buried in my chest.  When pulled out it swelled up like half a softball sized lump.  Went to the ER and sure enough, when we put the tick under a microscope and compared it to a deer tick picture, they matched.  Two potent antibiotic pills and I was done.

That’s my community service for the week.  Take your dog for a walk, and then check him for ticks.

Thomas and Kash
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