What is Lyme Disease?
Most commonly carried by deer ticks, Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by bacteria called Borrelia. Infection is transmitted when an animal is bitten by an infected tick. Ticks themselves become infected when feeding on other infected animals such birds, mice, and deer.
What are the symptoms of Lyme disease?
In pets, the most common symptoms of lyme disease include lameness due to inflamed joints, and general malaise or discomfort. Often pets infected with Lyme will experience a lack of appetite or depression.
A sensitivity to touch, difficulty breathing and fever may also be signs that your pet has Lyme disease.
How can Lyme disease be diagnosed?
See your vet if you're concerned that your pet may have Lyme disease.
Your vet will request a thorough medical history of your pet then run a series of tests including blood tests, urine analysis, fecal exam and x-rays. Your veterinarian may also draw fluid from your pet's affected joints to be analyzed for Lyme.
What happens if my pet is diagnosed with Lyme disease?
If diagnosed with Lyme disease, your pet will likely be treated on an outpatient basis. Typically, a course of antibiotics lasting for at least four weeks will be prescribed for your pet. If your dog is especially uncomfortable, your vet may also prescribe an anti-inflammatory (pain medication for dogs) if your dog.
If you believe that your pet is suffering from Lyme disease, contact us to make an appointment with your vet. Treatment can help to slow the spread of Lyme.