Lyme disease is among the most common tick transmitted diseases in the world. Here, our Gilbert vets share information about Lyme disease in pets: what it is, symptoms to watch for, and treatment options.
What is Lyme disease?
The bacteria borrella is carried by deer ticks and causes infectious Lyme disease, which is transmitted when ticks feed on infected animals such as deer, birds and mice. This infection is then passed to other animals when the infected tick bites them.
What symptoms of Lyme disease should I watch out for?
In our pets, commons symptoms of Lyme disease include anything from malaise to discomfort to lack of appetite, inflamed joints, or depression. Also beware of any fever, difficulty breathing or sensitivity to touch.
How can my vet diagnose Lyme disease?
Schedule an appointment with your vet if you suspect your pet may have Lyme disease.
During this appointment, your vet will inquire about your pet's medical history as well as complete a battery of tests including x-rays, urine analysis, fecal exams and blood tests. Fluid may also be drawn from your pet's affected joints, then analyzed for signs of the disease.
What happens if my pet receives a Lyme disease diagnosis?
When you pet is diagnosed with Lyme disease, they are usually treated on an outpatient basis. This will most often involve a month-long course of antibiotics as well as pain medication if your pet is especially uncomfortable because of this disease.
How can I prevent Lyme disease?
The best way to control and prevent this disease is to avoid ticks as much as possible. There are vaccines, sprays and other monthly products available, but most work best before your pet has been exposed to ticks in the first place. ase.
Your vet may recommend appropriate boosters and vaccines if you live in an area where Lyme disease is common. You should promptly remove any ticks you find on your dog to help prevent Lyme and other diseases spreading. Though dogs will not directly infect people, our pets may bring infected ticks into the house, which may then attach to another person or animal and transmit Lyme disease.