Dogs and Lyme Disease
When dogs are bitten by certain ticks, it can result in Lyme disease. Just as with humans, it can be a very serious illness that can cause long-lasting adverse health effects. If you think your pet has Lyme disease, bring him to Augusta Animal Clinic in Indianapolis for the pet care he needs. We also offer flea and tick prevention medication to help keep your pet safe from these pests.
Lyme Disease Populations
For dogs, Lyme disease is one of the diseases that is most commonly transmitted by ticks. However, only 5 to 10% of dogs who get it show any symptoms. It can be difficult to know which dogs have this disease. Lyme disease transmission can happen anywhere in the United States. It is most common in the U.S. in the Atlantic states, the states on the Pacific coast, and in the upper part of the Midwest. It is becoming more common across the country.
Lyme Disease Symptoms
While some dogs who have it don’t show symptoms, many of them do. The disease results in joint inflammation which can make it difficult for dogs to walk. They may also get a fever and a generally bad feeling. It can cause dogs to feel depressed and to have enlarged lymph nodes. Having no appetite is another common symptom. Being very sensitive to being touched and having a difficult time breathing are other serious symptoms.
Flea Prevention and Tick Prevention in Indianapolis
You may see your dog walking stiffly with his back arched. If you see this, it is an indication that your pet needs veterinary care. Our veterinarian can treat an existing case of Lyme disease and help prevent future cases with preventative medication. Call Augusta Animal Clinic today at (317) 291-4553 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Fenoglio.