Lyme Disease in Dogs 

  • Lyme disease in dogs is spread by ticks when they attach to an animal 

  • Lyme disease causes vague clinical signs such as a temperature, intermittent lameness or lethargy 

 

Symptoms include

 

  • Intermittent lameness on various legs 

  • Intermittent pyrexia (temperature or fever) of unknown origin 

  • Lethargy 

  • Gastrointestinal upset 

  • Polyuria or polydypsia (drinking 

  • Lymphadenopathy (increased size of various lymph nodes)


 

Not all ticks will carry lyme disease but there is a percentage of the tick population that do. It is important to follow your veterinarian’s advice regarding tick prevention. There are a variety of tick treatments available and your vet will be able to advise you which is most suitable. 

 

Suitable treatment is dependant on the severity of your dogs symptoms, it may include the use of antibiotics if symptoms are more mild, in more severe cases animals  may be hospitalised for supportive treatment.