Lyme Disease: Symptoms, Treatment & Diagnosis

One of the most common tick-transmitted diseases in the world is Lyme disease. Below, our Memphis vet explains some symptoms of Lyme disease that you can watch out for if you think your pet may have Lyme disease.


What is Lyme Disease?

Most commonly carried by deer ticks, Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by bacteria called Borrelia. The tick itself becomes infected by feeding on infected mice, birds, deer, and other animals carrying Lyme. That tick then passes the infection along when it bites another animal. 

What are the symptoms of Lyme disease?

Common symptoms of Lyme disease in pets include: lameness due to inflamed joints, general malaise or discomfort, lack of appetite and depression. 

Sensitivity to touch, difficulty breathing and fever are also symptoms of Lyme disease.

How can Lyme disease be diagnosed?

Make an appointment to see your vet if you think your pet may have Lyme disease.

Your vet will request a thorough history of your pet's health then run a combination of tests including blood tests, urine analysis, fecal exam and x-rays to diagnose Lyme disease.  Fluid may also be drawn from your pet's affected joints to be tested.

What happens if my pet is diagnosed with Lyme disease?

Pets diagnosed with Lyme disease will likely be treated with a course of antibiotics, usually for at least four weeks. If your dog seems to be especially sore it's possible that your vet may also prescribe anti-inflammatory medication to ease the pain.

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