Cases of Lyme Disease in North Carolina are on the rise. Our Greensboro vets explain a little about Lyme disease in pets; what it is, what the most common symptoms are, and how your pet can be treated if diagnosed.
What is Lyme disease?
Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by bacteria called borrelia which is most commonly carried by deer ticks.
Deer ticks become infected with borrelia when they feed on infected animals such as mice, birds and deers. The infection is then passed on when the infected tick bites an uninfected animal.
What are the symptoms of Lyme disease?
Typical Lyme disease symptoms include general malaise or discomfort, lameness due to inflamed joints, lack of appetite and depression.
Sensitivity to touch, difficulty breathing and fever are also associated with Lyme disease in pets.
How can Lyme disease be diagnosed?
Make an appointment to see your Greensboro vet if you think your pet may have Lyme disease.
The vet will request a thorough history of your pet's health, then run a combination of tests including x-rays, blood tests, urine analysis, and fecal exams.
Your vet may also draw a sample of fluid from your pet's affected joints to be analyzed for signs of Lyme.
My pet has been diagnosed with Lyme disease, now what?
If your pet has been infected with Lyme disease the vet will prescribe a course of antibiotics which you will give your pet for at least four weeks. If your pet is suffering from sore joints your vet may also prescribe pain medication.
Tick prevention medication is part of our Wellness Plans. Find the Wellness Plan that's right for your pet.
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We're always accepting new patients, so contact our veterinary hospital today to book your pet's first appointment.
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