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Lyme Disease In Pets

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One of the most common diseases transmitted from ticks, lyme disease in pets is particularly difficult to diagnose and can cause extreme discomfort and medical complications for your pet. Lyme disease is spread by the black-legged tick, or deer tick, and affects your pet's heart, kidneys, brain and joints. The lyme disease vaccine for your pet is the safest, simplest way to prevent transmission and future complications associated with transmission. 

It's important to be aware of lyme disease symptoms in your pet, in order to prevent future transmission and enable early detection. Lyme disease may initially present as lameness due to inflammation in the joints. Your pet may lose appetite and appear depressed. Additionally, symptoms may appear, such as:

  • Difficulty breathing
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Stiff gait
  • Swollen lymph nodes near to the site of bite
  • Low appetite
  • Depression
  • Complications in nervous system functioning

We welcome all of your questions about lyme disease in pets, and the lyme disease vaccine for your pet, and encourage you to speak with your veterinarian at your next visit to determine which vaccinations may best meet the needs of your pet's lifestyle.

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