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SIGNS

Pay attention — they are easy to miss.

CLINICAL SIGNS

Owners and veterinarians should be on guard for clinical signs of Lyme disease.

  1. No appetite.
  2. Inactive and not playful.
  3. Fever and enlarged regional lymph nodes.
  4. Joints appear to be painful and swollen.
  5. Walks stiffly, possibly with an arched back.
  6. Recurrent acute arthritis and shifting leg lameness.


TESTING

Current diagnostic tests make infection identification easier, and the results are immediate. If you have any concerns about Lyme disease in your dog, ask your veterinarian about testing your dog for Lyme disease.

EARLY DIAGNOSIS IS IMPORTANT

The greatest challenge is diagnosing Lyme disease early in its clinical course, when antibiotic therapy can be most effective. Complicating early diagnosis is that clinical signs may not be present for 2 to 5 months post-infection, and presenting signs may be misinterpreted as factors in other conditions and diseases.

As with many diseases, prevention is far easier than diagnosis and treatment.

CANINE RISK FACTORS


Learn the facts about how to assess risk by geography and exposure to deer ticks.


PREVENTION


Lyme Disease is largely preventable through tick control and vaccination. Get important details.


CASE STUDIES


Read about real dogs that were diagnosed with Lyme disease.