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Lyme Disease In Pets: 9 Signs and Symptoms


According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 300,000 Americans are inflicted with Lyme disease every year—and that’s only the cases reported by two-legged victims.

Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-transmitted diseases in the world. Lyme disease is caused by a type of bacteria called Borrelia Burgdorferi. Lyme disease is transmitted by slow-feeding, hard-shelled deer ticks, Western black-legged ticks, taiga ticks and sheep ticks, which are difficult to detect as they’re about the size of the period at the end of this sentence.  Usually a pet becomes infected only after the tick has been attached to the dog for at least 18 hours.

The best way to check your dog for ticks is go through your dog’s coat with an air blower (hair dryer). Otherwise brushing the fur or running your hands through his/her coat is a good inspection method too. Especially check under your dog’s ears, head, neck underbelly and feet, as well as to keep an eye out for these 9 symptoms…

1. Inflammation of the Joints

The most obviously sign of Lyme disease in canines is inflammation in the limbs and joints, which shows itself as lameness. This makes it difficult and painful for the dog to move for about a week at a time, and the dog will often walk stiffly with a painfully arched back.

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