Lyme disease is a tick-borne disease. As the borreliosis bacteria (Borrelia burgdorferi) spread through the blood system throughout the body, they are able to attack all organs and trigger inflammatory joint, nerve and heart diseases.
In contrast to humans, dogs do not always form a red ring around the bite area of the tick. Febrile inflammation of the joints, heart and nervous system only develops weeks to months after the infection. The dog becomes apathetic and develops a fever. The joints are warm and swollen, and in some cases the lymph nodes are enlarged. These symptoms do not always appear together, which makes diagnosis difficult. Often the dogs only show a lameness, for example on the front extremity, which disappears again. Then the lameness comes back on another leg. Often the cause is suspected to be in the musculoskeletal system, so always think of Lyme disease.
If Lyme disease is suspected, antibiotics are usually used for 2-4 weeks. If Lyme disease is treated, the chances of success are good.
The vaccination against Lyme disease is controversial. It is therefore better to use tick protection preparations (SpotOn). This also protects your dog against other tick-borne diseases.
BabesiosisBorreliosisCanine ParvovirusHepatitis Canis ContagiousInfectious TracheobronchitisLeishmaniasis