The most prevalent symptom of Lyme disease in dogs is recurrent lameness caused by inflammation of the joints. Dogs may also exhibit loss of appetite, depression and other symptoms.
Protect your Pets
Pets can develop tick-borne diseases including Lyme disease and anaplasmosis. Keeping your pets safe from these diseases also helps protect you and your family.
Dogs and cats generally get ticks outside when they're in the woods or in areas with high grass, shrubs or ground cover.
Check your pets daily for ticks, especially during the adult deer tick seasons, March-June and October-December. If you find a tick, remove it right away! If your pet has fatigue, lameness, resistance to movement, lack of appetite, and fever, it may have Lyme disease or anaplasmosis. See your veterinarian right away; antibiotic treatment is very effective. For an authoritative guide to Lyme disease in pets, visit the American Veterinary Medical Foundation’s website.
Your veterinarian is your partner in prevention and treatment.
At your next visit, ask about testing for tick-borne diseases, Lyme vaccination, and tick prevention measures that might be recommended for your pet. Tick collar compounds vary in effectiveness and safety. Some should never be used on cats, or even in homes where they live. Anti-tick pills are now available which, if effective, will avoid issues related to tick collars.
Lyme disease and anaplasmosis can be serious diseases in horses as well, both in terms of debilitating symptoms and costly treatment. For more information see Equine Lyme Disease: Antibiotic Treatment of B. burgdorferi Persistent Infection.