Lyme Disease in Pets
Lyme disease is the bane of hikers in tick-infested areas. This serious bacterial illness can have devastating effects on both pets and humans. The main vector of transmission occurs through the bite of a tick carrying the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria. If the disease is left to its devices, the body will suffer as the bacteria spreads, causing joint pain, organ damage, and general quality of life dissatisfaction. Dogs are excellent at concealing their pain, so as a responsible owner, you must check your pup for ticks regularly.
Common signs of Lyme disease include the following:
- Swollen joints
- A loss in appetite
- Difficulty moving or lameness
- Change in energy levels
- General pain and discomfort
If your dog’s lifestyle involves a lot of time outdoors, you must comb your pup for ticks before letting them back into the house. Ticks are notorious stowaways, and it only takes one undetected tick to infiltrate your home, and possibly spread Lyme disease between you and your pet. So all pet parents who frequent the outdoors with their companion: be on guard!
We’ll Help Your Dog At Monroe Animal Health Center
If you fear your pup has contracted Lyme disease, bring them over to Monroe Animal Health Center and our trained team will take a look. Located in Monroe, LA, we are a full-service veterinary clinic devoted to providing the highest quality of care to your pet. Our talented and kindhearted team will offer only the best possible medical care to our beloved patients. Call or visit us today to schedule an appointment.