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Lyme Disease In Dogs

Lyme disease is a tick-borne disease that can affect dogs in regions where carrier ticks are present. It is also called ‘Borreliosis’ because of its causative agent, Borrelia burgdorferi. Deer ticks are the known carriers of Lyme disease. These hard-shelled ticks can infect susceptible hosts, such as a dog, when they attach and feed for at least 18 hours. A distinct symptom manifested by infected dogs is recurrent lameness which is brought about by inflammation in the joints. In severe cases, complications may set in and include damage to the kidney, heart, and nervous system. Some breeds of dogs have higher risks of developing serious complications of Lyme disease. They include Golden retrievers, Labrador retrievers, and Bernese Mountain dogs. Also young dogs tend to be more susceptible to adults. In the US, the incidence of Lyme disease is higher in the Atlantic seaboard, Pacific coastal states, and Midwestern states. Talk to your Mt. Airy, MD vet about the best way to protect your dog from Lyme disease. 

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