Can I catch Lyme disease from my dog?
Lyme disease is not transmittable from pets to humans, or from one pet to another; only through a bite from an infected tick. The risk comes from your dog picking up a carrier tick whilst out walking or in the garden, and bringing it into the house where it may attach itself to you.
Is my dog at risk of Lyme disease too?
Yes – in fact it is the most common tick-borne disease in Europe. The disease is transmitted when an infected tick climbs on to the dog and starts to feed. The process of disease transmission generally takes around 48 hours, although it can occur more rapidly. In some dogs, infection does not cause any harmful effects but in others, a variety of signs can be seen.
The most common signs are: