Lyme disease is a terrible, debilitating disease that you NEVER want your dog 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.
Despite what we all think that deer are the ultimate cause of the increase in lyme disease; scientists believe that the growing white footed mice population is the real cause for the increase in the disease. Learn more here.
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 treat your dog (and yourself) from lyme disease using a natural protocol.
How do I know if my dog has Lyme disease?
- Your dog will become lame very quickly.
- Lyme disease affects the joints and causes debilitating pain. You might notice your dog limping and notice him walking gingerly on the front right leg. Then you notice that your dog is now 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 dogs 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.
Chronic Lyme Disease Dogs Natural Protocol
Use Ledum 1M
ONLY GIVE THESE PELLETS IF LYME SYMPTOMS ARE PRESENT. If symptoms are not present, just start at the Lyme Nosode point below.
DO NOT give more than one tiny pellet. You’ll think to yourself “how can this tiny pellet possibly work” and you’ll want to give more, but don’t. Follow the protocol!
Give one pellet of Ledum 1M 3 times a day for three days. If it’s going to work, you’ll notice symptoms pretty quickly; maybe after 4-5 doses.
Here’s a link to purchase it over on Amazon: Ledum 1M Palustre 1M 80 Pellets
Follow up With a Lyme Nosode for Further Prevention
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.”
Recommended Nosode Brand and 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
Try to apply drops under tongue 30 mins before or after any food or drink (including water) or simply drop it far back in the deepest part of the dog’s cheek.
Note: If you choose to use antibiotics, you can still use the Nosode as a form of protection as well.
Other Tips for Lyme Disease & Flea/Tick Prevention
When it comes to using natural products for the prevention of flea and tick issues, you typically need more than just one product. We use and highly recommend the Nosode above and all of the following for prevention of Lyme and flea and tick issues for your dog:
- Rose Geranium Essential Oil works EXCELLENT for tick prevention and KEEPING THEM OFF of your pet. This is an oldie but a goodie! 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 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 November 2019.