Lyme disease is an increasingly common ailment that has spread from its original home in New England to every single state in the country. Lyme disease is extremely frustrating for both veterinarians and pet owners because its symptoms are not terribly unique and can be mistaken for numerous other illnesses. However, with a little detective work, you can figure out if Lyme disease is ailing your pet. To learn what some of the signs of Lyme disease are, read on:
Depression, Weight Loss, and Shortness of Breath
The first two symptoms usually go hand-in-hand when it comes to pets. If your dog has stopped eating, then he’s usually busy moping, too. While neither depression nor weight loss are concrete signs of Lyme disease, they are strong indications that something is wrong with your pet. An inability to breath normally is also a strong indication of Lyme disease. Take your animal to the vet immediately if he’s stopped eating and breathing properly, and/or if he just seems “down.”
Fever and Joint Pain
One of the most telling signs of Lyme disease is the joint pain it causes. The animal’s body attempts to fight off the infection by using fever and inflammation, but instead of getting rid of the illness, these reactions just make the joints hurt. If your pet begins having a difficult time rising from a seated or resting position, yelps when touched, and seems warmer than usual, then you definitely need to take him to the vet. Again, many other conditions besides Lyme disease can cause these symptoms, but none of them are good news.
Vomiting and Diarrhea
In both dogs and cats with acute Lyme disease that has affected their kidneys, vomiting and diarrhea may join the list of other symptoms. However, there may have been no prior symptoms at all; many cats are asymptomatic.
A History of Ticks
This isn’t exactly a symptom, but it will give your veterinarian more information to work with. If you know that your animal has had ticks in the past, then you definitely need to mention it to your veterinarian when you bring your animal in. Lyme disease still might not be the culprit, but your vet will definitely need to test for it.
If you think that your pet may be suffering from Lyme disease or some other ailment, then you need to visit Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital. At Heart of Chelsea Animal Hospital, our great veterinarians provide the best possible pet care. To learn more about our pet hospital and how we can help your pet, call (917) 675-3708 today.