What is lyme disease?

Lyme disease or Lyme borreliosis is one of the most common canine illness that is caused by ticks. The illness can be transmitted to both humans and animals. The bacteria agent that causes the infection, called Borrelia Burgdorferi, can transmit to dogs via an infected blacklegged or also known as the deer tick, commonly found in tall grasses, thick brush, and woods. The tick can latch onto the different parts of a dog’s body.

Lyme disease symptoms include fever, general discomfort, lack of energy, loss of appetite, and joint pain. Dogs may not feel the symptoms for weeks or even months after getting bitten. Some canines may also show no symptoms.

Lyme disease can be diagnosed by physical signs and tests such as the C6 blood test and Quant C6 test, which uses urinalysis to detect antibodies. Test results may take weeks.

Treatment for Lyme disease is primarily antibiotics and therapies to relieve some of the symptoms. You can prevent your pooch from getting Lyme disease by visiting the vet regularly to check for ticks, inspect your dogs after walks in the woods or grassy spots, and get vaccinated.