Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness caused by the bacteria Borrelia burgdorferi. It is transmitted to dogs through the bite of an infected black-legged tick, also known as the deer tick.
Symptoms of Lyme disease in dogs can vary, but they may include:
Loss of appetite
Lameness or reluctance to move
Joint pain or swelling
Swollen lymph nodes
If you suspect that your dog may have Lyme disease, you should schedule an appointment with us for a proper diagnosis and treatment. We will perform a blood test to detect antibodies to the bacteria that causes Lyme disease.
Treatment for Lyme disease in dogs typically involves a course of antibiotics. In some cases, pain medication or anti-inflammatory drugs may also be prescribed to help manage symptoms. Most dogs respond well to treatment and recover fully, but it's important to start treatment as soon as possible to avoid complications.
Prevention is key when it comes to Lyme disease in dogs. You can reduce your dog's risk of infection by using tick prevention products and vaccinating your dog against Lyme disease. Add the Lyme vaccine to your pets annual visit for $30.00. Click here to schedule your dogs for an appointment.