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 of Lyme Disease include:
- Sensitive to touch
- Stiff walk with arched back
- Difficulty breathing
Because Lyme disease has occurred in our area before, we highly encourage our clients to keep their pet administered on monthly flea/tick preventatives. At Seagrove Animal Hospital, we offer a variety of different products for your pet which will combat fleas and ticks—we also offer the Lyme vaccine, too.