Lyme Disease & Your Dog

Published on July 25th, 2019

Lyme disease is a common tick disease that can affect you or your dog! If you are concerned that your dog may have been affected, an animal hospital in Chicago can help you best detect if it is truly Lyme disease. Below are the causes and symptoms you should look out for:

Cause of Lyme Disease in Dog

If your dog is frequently outside or was recently taken to a wooded area, your dog may have been exposed to deer ticks that contain the bacteria to slowly transmit Lyme diseases. The symptoms will not appear right away. Infection typically occurs after the tick has been attached to the dog for 2-3 days, and even when symptoms occur they may only last 3-4 days and then relapse weeks later. Talk to an animal hospital in Chicago to see how you can best prevent your dog from catching Lyme Disease on your next forest adventure.

Symptoms of Lyme Disease in Your Dog

Although the signs can be delayed and intermittent, the first signs of Lyme disease might be inflammation of your dog’s joints. If you notice your dog has discomfort in its leg joints, look for more signs of Lyme disease:

  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Fever, lack of appetite, depression
  • Difficulty Breathing
  • Stiff walk with an arched back
  • Heart irregularities
  • Kidney Problems

Diagnosing Lyme Disease

If you are noticing strange behaviors in your dog such as the symptoms above, your dog should be taken to an animal hospital in Chicago. Portage Park Animal Hospital is equipped to help take care of your best friend’s need. Bring your dog into Portage Park Animal Hospital today!

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