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Posted on 05-25-2017

Lyme Disease Is Running Rampant on the East Coast

A potentially serious disease affecting both humans and animals, Lyme disease is a bacterial infection transmitted by deer ticks. Thriving in wooded, forested areas near marshes, rivers and lakes, deer ticks are especially prevalent in East Coast states where spring weather is unusually wet and summers are very warm.  Also called black-legged ticks, deer ticks are smaller than American dog ticks when they are not engorged. Adult female deer ticks are reddish-brown in color. Adult male deer ticks are mostly brown and half the size of female deer ticks. The best way to prevent your dog from contracting Lyme disease is to visit the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County for pet preventative care products.

dog getting treated for lyme disease

Learn About Lyme Disease Prevention from your Veterinarian at the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County

Dogs with Lyme disease may remain asymptomatic for up to five months. When symptoms finally do emerge, they will involve:

  • Fever
  • Weakness/lameness
  • Reduced appetite
  • Joint inflammation/swelling/pain (often migrates from one limb to another)
  • Decreased physical activity

Lyme disease symptoms may be mistaken for symptoms of other diseases including anaplasmosis, which is another tick-borne disease that we are seeing more frequently.  To determine if your pet is suffering from Lyme disease, our veterinarian at the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County can only detect the bacteria by testing your pet's blood.   Although Lyme disease cannot be transmitted to other animals, you should have all of your pets tested for Lyme disease on a yearly basis and if they are showing any of the above symptoms.

Lyme Disease Prevention

We have an excellent Lyme vaccine at the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County.  Due to the high risk of getting Lyme disease and the fact it can affect the kidneys we recommend the vaccine for all of our canine patients along with a topical or oral flea and tick preventative that will kill the ticks that get on our patients in less than 24 hours. 

Lyme Disease Treatment

Antibiotics are the first course of treatment for Lyme disease. Symptoms usually improve rapidly but antibiotics will need to continue for at least four weeks. Our veterinarian at the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County will perform follow up lab testing following the completion of antibiotic treatment to ensure your pet has responded to treatment and to monitor kidney health.

Call the Animal Hospital of Sullivan County today to make an appointment to have your pet tested for Lyme disease: 845-292-6711.

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