Top Five Clinical Signs of Lyme Disease in Dogs
By Dr. Patrick Mahaney, VMD
Lyme disease (Lyme borreliosis) is an infectious disease affecting humans, dogs, cats, and other species. This debilitating illness stems from microscopic bacteria called Borrelia burgdorferi, which is transmitted from the bite of an infected tick into an animal host.
Dogs are more commonly infected with Lyme disease than cats, mostly due to their propensity to get out and about to explore grassy or wooded environments where ticks can lurk on leaves, branches, or blades of grass, and latch on to a dog’s coat as it passes by.
As most cats live either primarily or exclusively indoors, they are generally less affected by Lyme disease. Felines living indoor-outdoor lives are more prone to tick bites and infection with Borrelia burgdorferi.
There are a variety of clinical signs that can be found individually or in combinations. If left untreated, Lyme disease can be fatal.