Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease9,10

Lyme disease comes from ticks that carry the bacteria. Lyme disease affects many dogs differently. Some may not display any clinical signs. Others may start with limping, swelling in the lymph nodes, and fever, and can progress to loss of appetite and lethargy. Lyme disease can also attack dogs' joints, causing serious pain. Antibiotics can help treat the disease, but do not eliminate the disease-causing bacteria transmitted by tick bites. As a result, Lyme disease is recurring and can strike an infected dog again and again. Although direct infection or disease transmission is not yet documented in every state, cases of Lyme disease in dogs have been reported throughout the country.