Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi, which is transmitted to dogs through the bite of infected black-legged ticks
The symptoms of Lyme disease in dogs can vary and may include lameness or limping, fever, loss of appetite, lethargy, swollen joints, and in some cases, kidney or heart problems.
A veterinarian can diagnose Lyme disease in dogs through a combination of clinical signs, blood tests to detect antibodies against the bacterium.
Lyme disease in dogs is typically treated with antibiotics, such as doxycycline or amoxicillin, to eliminate the bacterial infection.
Preventing tick bites is the key to preventing Lyme disease in dogs. This can be done by using tick preventives recommended by veterinarians, checking your dog for ticks after outdoor activities
There is a Lyme disease vaccine available for dogs. Consult with your veterinarian to determine if the vaccine is recommended for your dog
Implementing year-round tick control measures, such as using tick preventives and regular tick checks.