Dogs and Lyme Disease

Dog TrainingLyme disease, also known as Lyme borreliosis is one of the most widespread tick-borne diseases in the modern world. It is one of the quickest spreading transmittable diseases in the US.

The first known case in the US was in the town of Old Lyme, Connecticut in 1975. Lyme disease is a bacterial virus. It is nearly all the time obtained from the bite of an infected Ixodes tick. Lyme disease in Europe is caused by a different strain.

The disease differs extensively in its symptoms. These can include a rash, flu-like symptoms, neurologic, arthritic and cardiac manifestations. Untimely discovery and without delay antibiotic management (usually the first eight weeks of contamination) more often than not produces an excellent forecast for the dog. However some dogs may retain the symptoms.

Late or an insufficient cure may escalate to a chronic illness that is hindering and hard to treat. In the midst of great debate over diagnosis, testing and treatment, there are now today two different ways to care for dogs affected by Lyme disease.

Symptoms in dogs include:

  • fever
  • lose of appetite
  • sore joints
  • stiff walk
  • lameness that can move from one leg to another

Lyme disease reacts within two days to the treatment by means of antibiotics, but the dog must be kept on the medication for 2-4 weeks to make sure full recovery.

Current preventives include tick dips and sprays. A word of warning, the collars only protect the head and neck.

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