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How Much Does Lyme Disease Treatment for Dogs Cost?

 
low costLow: 25 Pound Dog $4-$38 a monthaverage costMedium: 100 Pound Dog $7-$98 a month
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Lyme disease is a bacteria contracted by dogs from ticks. Early symptoms include lameness and loss of appetite. It is treated with antibiotics and most dogs recover completely.

Typical costs:

  • Antibiotics typically used to treat Lyme disease are tetracycline and amoxicillin. Depending on the dog's size and the length of treatment, costs range from $4 to $98.
  • Treating a 25-pound dog for two weeks -- considered a light treatment course -- costs between $4 and $17. Treating the same size dog with a more severe case for one month costs between $8 and $38. Treating a 100-pound dog for two weeks costs between $7 and $36. Treating the same size dog for one month costs between $17 and $98. The price varies not only by the dog's size and the length of treatment but also what antibiotic is prescribed and how much the provider charges for it.
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What should be included:
  • Lyme disease is contracted mainly through the deer tick. Found in woodsy areas most commonly in the Northeastern United States, a tick first contracts Lyme disease from a host, often from a small mammal when the tick is young. When the tick attaches itself to a new host it will transmit the disease if it's attached for 48 hours or more. Only 10 percent of dogs exposed to Lyme disease contract it.
  • PetEducation.com[1] provides a descriptive overview of the disease.
  • While vaccines for Lyme disease are available, their usefulness is disputed. Most experts agree that in an area[2] with a high epidemic rate, such as the northeastern U.S., it's best to administer a vaccine.
Additional costs:
  • Since Lyme disease is contracted through a tick bite, the dog may have ticks. There are many oral and topical treatments available to get rid of ticks, ranging in price from a flea and tick shampoo for $7 to the Frontline Combo Pack, which comes with a 3-month supply of tick prevention, a flea comb, and tweezers for tick removal for just under $50.
  • If the dog is indoors often, consider an indoor or upholstery tick treatment. Foggers cost about $10 to $15.
  • Many veterinary sites suggest using a monthly tick preventative, since preventing ticks will also prevent Lyme disease. Prices range from $21 for a year's worth of flea and tick collars to $200 or more for a year's supply of pills. See How Much Does Dog Flea Control Cost for a more thorough look at prevention; most of these products also prevent ticks. Also, PetEducation.com[3] has a breakdown of tick removal products.
Shopping for lyme disease treatment for dogs:
  • To find a veterinarian to diagnose, obtain a prescription treatment, or for follow up, visit the American Veterinary Medicine Association's vet finder[4] .
  • Note: Cats and humans can also contract Lyme disease. However, neither can contract Lyme disease from a dog. Any animal that has Lyme disease will have contracted it from a tick. Cats will have the same symptoms as dogs, and will be treated the same. A person should seek medical attention if they have symptoms such as a rash or joint pain and think the cause could be Lyme disease.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2102&aid=458
  2.  www.cdc.gov/lyme/
  3.  www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2107+2252&aid=2627
  4.  www.avma.org/advocacy/stateandlocal/statevma/pages/default.aspx
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