Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-transmitted diseases in the world. While only 5–10 percent of affected dogs will have symptoms, when a canine does get Lyme disease, one of the most dominant clinical features is inflammation of the joints which causes lameness.
Depression and lack of appetite may also be apparent, and more critical scenarios including kidney damage and even heart or nervous system disease may occur.
Additional symptoms include:
- Sensitive to touch
- Stiff walk with arched back
- Difficulty breathing
Lyme disease has been seen in our area, and as such, we highly encourage our clients to keep their pet administered on monthly flea/tick preventatives. Other diseases that can be transmitted through fleas and ticks include Anaplasmosis, Ehrlichiosis, Tularemia and Plague from Prairie Dogs. Remember, prevention is the best way to keep your pet free from these ailments.
At Shinnecock Animal Hospital, we offer a variety of different products for your pet which will combat fleas and ticks (which in turn combats the diseases they carry), and we also offer the Lyme vaccine, too.