Ticks transmit a number of serious diseases, the most common of which is Lyme disease. Here, our Huntersville vets share a few of the symptoms of Lyme, and what you should do if you think your pet may have contracted Lyme disease.
What is Lyme Disease?
Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by a bacteria commonly carried by deer ticks. When a tick feeds on an infected animal, it becomes infected and can spread the disease to other animals, including humans.
What are the symptoms of Lyme disease?
The most common symptoms of Lyme disease seen in dogs are, lameness due to inflamed joints and general malaise or discomfort.
Other Lyme disease symptoms include: depression, lack of appetite, difficulty breathing, fever and a sensitivity to touch.
How can Lyme disease be diagnosed?
If you're concerned that your pet may have Lyme disease, make an appointment to see your vet for diagnosis and treatment.
At your appointment, your vet will request a thorough medial history for your pet, then run series of tests to diagnose Lyme disease. Tests used to diagnose Lyme include x-rays, blood tests, urine analysis, and fecal exams. In some cases the vet may also collect fluid from your pet's affected joints to analyse.
What happens if my pet is diagnosed with Lyme disease?
If your pet is diagnosed with Lyme disease, your vet will prescribe a course of antibiotics which will last for at least four weeks, and possibly some anti-inflammatory painkillers if your pet is especially uncomfortable. Hospitalization is not typically required for Lyme disease in pets.
Fecal exams are used to help diagnose Lyme Disease and are a part of our annual Wellness Plans. Choose the Wellness Plan that's right for your pet.
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