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Posted on 05-10-2016
As the weather warms, we begin to see more and more pets come in with ticks and we are reminded that these little bugs can carry life-threatening diseases. Several species of ticks are common on Cape Cod, the most concerning being the Deer Tick. These little pests can carry several bacteria that affect our pets including Borrelia Burgdorferi (Lyme Disease), Anaplasma phagocytophilum, Babesia Microti, and Ehrlichia Chafeensis.
Fortunately, we do not see much Lyme disease affecting cats, however, it can be debilitating for dogs. Common clinical signs include: fever, joint pain, lameness, lymphadenopathy and lethargy. If left untreated, Lyme disease can lead to very serious, sometimes fatal conditions, such as renal failure (Lyme nephritis), myocarditis and neurological disease. Oftentimes the patient shows no clinical signs at all; it is reported that only 10% of infected dogs show clinical signs.
April is known in the veterinary community as Lyme Disease Awareness Month and we take this opportunity to ensure our clients are doing everything possible to reduce the risk of our pets contracting tick-borne disease. At Shawme Animal Hospital, we recommend a 4-step approach to combating Lyme disease.
Lyme disease in dogs is one of the most common conditions we are seeing in our practice, so we hope you follow these steps to ensure you are doing everything you can to protect your furry family.
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