Lyme disease is one of the most common diseases transmitted by ticks in the world. Here, ourKent vets provide you with information about Lyme disease in pets: explaining what it is, what its symptoms are, and what treatment options are available..
What is Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is caused by the bacteria borrella, which is carried by western black-legged ticks. It is transmitted when ticks feed on infected animals and then passed to other animals when an infected tick bites them,.
What symptoms of Lyme disease should I watch out for?
In our furry companions, Lyme disease's common symptoms can include anything from general discomfort or malaise, to lack of appetite, depression, or lameness caused by inflamed joints.
In addition, keep an eye out for difficulty breathing, sensitivity to touch, and fever.
How can my vet diagnose Lyme disease?
If you suspect your pet may have Lyme disease, you should schedule an appointment with your vet as soon as possible
During this appointment, your vet will gain an understanding of your pets medical history by asking your questions. They will then conduct tests such as fecal exams, x-rays, blood tests and urine analysis. You vet may also draw fluid from the affected joints and and analyze it for the disease,
What happens if my pet receives a Lyme disease diagnosis?
Pets are usually treated on an outpatient basis for Lyme disease. Usually, this involves a four week course of antibiotics. It can also include pain medication if your pet is especially uncomfortable.
How can I prevent Lyme disease?
A great first step in preventing Lyme disease is avoiding ticks as much as possible. There are also many products available such as vaccines, sprays and monthly products. There work best, however, before your pet is exposed to the bacteria that cause Lyme disease.
I f you live in an area where Lyme disease is widespread, your vet may recommend vaccines and boosters. If you find ticks on your pet, you should remove them as soon as possible to help prevent Lyme as well as other diseases from spreading. While your pets will not directly infect people, they are capable of bringing infected ticks into the house. And if those ticks attach to another animal or person, they can transmit Lye disease.