Dog lyme disease is a terrible, debilitating disease that you NEVER want your best friend to endure. EVER! It’s transmitted to dogs 24-48 hours after a tick bite. However, it’s important to understand that all ticks do not carry lyme.
Yet ticks are very hazardous to your dog’s health and this disease is more rampant than ever before. Many might remember when we could walk, play and roll in the woods without the risk of Lyme disease. Unfortunately, that’s not the case anymore.
With this said, you need to do everything in your power to prevent your dog from the disease. Believe it not, but you can effectively, easily, safely and economically prevent and treat lyme for your dog in a few simple steps using a natural protocol. You can learn how further down the page.
Does My Dog Have Lyme disease?
Here’s the Common Symptoms:
- Your dog will become lame very quickly.
- Dog lyme disease affects the joints and causes debilitating pain. You might notice limping and notice him or her walking gingerly on the front right leg. Then you notice your dog walking gingerly on the front left leg. Then it’s not the front legs anymore, but the back legs. You’re not sure what is going on. This is what the disease does. The symptoms will shift from leg to leg. It doesn’t stay in one leg. This is one of the best ways to tell that it is indeed Lyme Disease.
- If a dog has chronic pain in one leg and it doesn’t rotate from one leg to another, chances are it is not Lyme disease.
Traditional Lyme Treatment for Dogs
The traditional treatment for lyme is to use the antibiotic Doxycycline for 30-60 days. Sometimes it works and some times it doesn’t. The long term use of the antibiotics does have an effect on the gut though, so be sure to use a GOOD probiotic for your dog while using these. This is very important.
Strengthen the gut with good whole, fresh prepared food as well. Not junk kibble and canned dog foods.
How We Eliminate Lyme Symptoms
Dr. Stephen Tobin is a holistic vet out of Connecticut who treated thousands of cases of dog lyme disease using homeopathy. He has treated over 1,000 dogs with Lyme disease.
He discovered that Ledum palustre in a 1M potency given three times daily for three days is “about as close as you can get to a specific cure”.
According to Dr. Tobin, this method has cured cats, dogs, and horses with recent and established infections, some of which were first treated with antibiotics. In addition, he uses the Lyme disease nosode, a homeopathic preparation of Borrelia burgdorferi 60x as a preventive, giving one dose (one dropperful) daily for one week, then one dose weekly for one month, and one dose every six months indefinitely.
We used his protocol of 1M Ledum 3 times a day for 3 days and our girl’s symptoms completely disappeared.
Preventing & Treating Lyme Disease in Dogs
Updated 3/13/23: If you find a tick on your dog; remove it making sure that you get the ENTIRE tick. We use a tick remover like this one here on Amazon to easily remove the tick. Leaving even a piece of the leg in the animal can still cause lyme.
Follow this protocol which is very, very effective and almost always works! Purchase the homeopathic Ledum Palustre in either 1M or 200C pellet formula. If using the 1M formula and Dr. Tobin’s recommendation; give 1 pellet 3 times daily for 3 days.
However, lately we have been using a 200C formula and giving 5 pellets every 3 hours on the day the tick is found. Then 5 pellets twice daily for one week.
Either one of these formulas will be fine. We choose the 5 day option because we feel it adds an additional buffer.
You can also combine any of the options below as additional methods of preventing ticks from biting your pet:
Using a nosode. First, it’s important that you understand what a nosode is. A nosode is a preparation used by many naturopathic physicians and veterinarians, as well as homeopathic doctors, in order to treat disease.
Here’s how The Body Healer puts it: “It is created using a highly diluted preparation of the disease itself, diluted to the point that there is no danger of contracting any illness. There is no potential to become infected as the dilution process deactivates all viable organisms.
Think of it as a form of very gentle vaccine that has no dangers or side effects and is safe for adults, children, and pets. Both naturopathic physicians and vets consider it far more successful than the Lyme vaccine, which is considered weak at best.
Nosode Brand & Schedule
Click here to the brand we recommend and suggest you use this particular one due to its a combination of different tick-borne diseases which include Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever, Ehrlichiosis, Tularemia, anaplasmosis, and others.
This dosage is for medium size and larger dogs. For small dogs, use half the dosage:
- STEP 1: 1 dropperful daily for a week
- STEP 2: 1 dropperful each week for a month
- STEP 3: 1 dropperful every 2 months
Place the dropperful in far corner of your dog’s jowl (cheek) 30 mins before or after any food or drink (including water).
Note: If you choose to use antibiotics, you can still use the Nosode as a form of protection as well.
Preventing Dog Lyme Disease
Let me start with what we use for prevention and it works like a charm. We use the lyme nosode mentioned above along with the sulphur pellets mentioned below. However, all of the following are for prevention of canine lyme disease and flea problems:
- BEWARE, most dogs do not like Rose Geranium Essential Oil works EXCELLENT for tick prevention and KEEPING THEM OFF of your pet. It’s a STRONG smelling oil. Howver, this is an oldie but a goodie for both you and your pet! Just add a drop or two between your dog’s shoulder blades and above the base of the tail daily during tick season. If your dog is tiny, you can probably get away with just a drop at the shoulder blades, but monitor to see how it’s going. Here’s a link to the one we use from Amazon which is a PURE essential oil: Rose Geranium Essential Oil
- One of the BEST prevention tips is to include Homeopathic Sulphur for your dog daily. 3 pellets daily. It’s a mineral found in the cells of our bodies and our pet’s bodies as well. 30C strength is fine. It not only seems to repel fleas and ticks, but it works really well for cleaning up the skin when an allergy to flea bites is present. Greasy, scabby skin and coat can OFTEN be using Homeopathic Sulphur for dogs. Fleas & ticks do not like the sulfur and typically won’t bite. FYI, this is not the same type of sulfur used in synthetic drugs. This is a completely natural form and sometimes known as sulfur. Amazon sells it, but it’s ridiculously expensive there. Elixirs sells it at a much better price here.
- Use Diatamaceous Earth FOOD GRADE ONLY! Dust your dog (or cat) with it. You can also feed internally. Dosage is: up to one teaspoon a day for dogs under 55 pounds (including pups) and up to one tablespoon a day for dogs over 55 lbs. You also want to dust your pet’s skin and fur (avoiding around the eyes). For extra protection, sprinkle DM on your dog’s bed. This is the kind of DM you want to use which is food grade: Diatamaceous Earth for Dogs
- Include garlic regularly. See my article here. Garlic is excellent for keeping ticks at bay. Don’t ignore this tip. Read the entire article for using garlic safely.
- If you really don’t want to take any chances, DO NOT walk your dog(s) in or near the woods unless it is below freezing.
- This natural cedar spray found here IN ADDITION to the LYME NOSODE and HOMEOPATHIC SULPHUR mentioned above are an excellent combination for the prevention of fleas and ticks and provide comfort to your dog. But do the whole gamut!
Don’t rely on just one of the above natural remedies for your dog’s flea and tick problems. Your goal should be to include several of the above natural remedies to keep your pet flea and tick free, and also itch free.
Editor’s Note: The blog post was originally published in October 2018 and completely revamped and updated for accuracy on February 2021.