Lyme disease is one of the most prevalent tick-borne diseases worldwide. Our Augusta veterinarians discuss Lyme disease in pets in this post, including what it is, the symptoms to look for, and treatment options.
What is Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-borne illnesses in the world. In this post, our Augusta veterinarians discuss Lyme disease in pets, including what it is, how to recognize symptoms, and treatment options.
What symptoms of Lyme disease should I watch out for?
Lyme disease symptoms in our four-legged friends can range from general discomfort or malaise to depression, loss of appetite, and lameness due to inflamed joints.
Be on the lookout for any fever, difficulty breathing, or sensitivity to touch.
How can my vet diagnose Lyme disease?
Make an appointment with your veterinarian if you suspect your pet may be suffering from Lyme disease.
During the appointment, your veterinarian will ask a series of questions to gain a thorough understanding of your pet's medical history, followed by a battery of tests that may include urine analysis, fecal examination, x-rays, and blood tests. Additionally, fluid from your pet's affected joints may be drawn and analyzed for signs of disease.
What happens if my pet receives a Lyme disease diagnosis?
When pets are diagnosed with Lyme disease, they are typically treated as outpatients. This usually entails a four-week course of antibiotics, though your veterinarian may also prescribe pain medication if the disease has caused your dog significant discomfort.
How can I prevent Lyme disease?
Avoiding ticks as much as possible will help to control and prevent disease. There are sprays, monthly products, and vaccines available, but many work best before dogs are exposed to the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.
If you live in an area where Lyme disease is common, your veterinarian may recommend appropriate boosters and vaccines. To help prevent the spread of Lyme disease and other diseases, remove any ticks you find on your dog as soon as possible. Though dogs do not directly infect humans, they may bring infected ticks into the house, where they may attach to another person or animal and transmit Lyme disease.