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Lyme Disease Symptoms

by Twila on March 3, 2016

What is Lyme Disease?

Is one of the most common diseases that are transmitted from ticks. But only a small percentage of dogs that are infected actually exhibit symptoms.

 

Symptoms

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Stiffness while walking
  • Fever
  • Depression
  • Lack of appetite
  • Sensitive to touch
  • Nervous system problems
  • Heart issues
  • Swelling near bite area
  • Kidney problems
  • Painful and warm limbs

 Causes

Once a tick latches on to feed, it releases a bacteria (Borrelia burgdorferi). This bacteria is the culprit for Lyme Disease. Infection sets in within 2-3 days.

Treatment

Ultimately your vet will prescribe Doxycycline, a popular antibiotic or something similar that helps with the disease. Your dog will be treated as an outpatient unless the disease is affecting the health of Fido’s kidneys.

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