How do I know if my pet has Lyme disease?

Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-transmitted diseases in the world. Here, our Memphis vets shed some light on what symptoms you can look out for if you're concerned about your pet.


What is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is an infectious disease caused by bacteria called Borrelia, most commonly carried by deer ticks. Infection occurs when an animal is bitten by an infected tick. The tick itself becomes infected by feeding on infected mice, birds, deer, and other animals.

What are the symptoms of Lyme disease?

The most common symptoms of lyme disease in pets include lameness due to inflamed joints, and general malaise or discomfort. Your pet may also experience depression and a lack of appetite.

Other symptoms associated with Lyme disease include a sensitivity to touch, difficulty breathing and fever.

How can Lyme disease be diagnosed?

If you think your pet may have Lyme disease, you should see your vet.

After you provide a thorough history of your pet's health, your vet will run a combination of tests including blood tests, urine analysis, fecal exam and x-rays to diagnose Lyme disease. Your vet may also draw fluid from your pet's affected joints to be analyzed.

What happens if my pet is diagnosed with Lyme disease?

If your pet is diagnosed with Lyme disease, they will likely be treated on an outpatient basis. This means a course of antibiotics, usually for at least four weeks. Your vet may also prescribe an anti-inflammatory (pain medication for dogs) if your dog is especially uncomfortable.

Fecal exams are part of our annual Wellness Plans. Choose the Wellness Plan that's right for your pet.

Looking for a vet in Memphis?

We're always accepting new patients, so contact our veterinary hospital today to book your pet's first appointment.

Contact Us

Related Articles View All

Rabbit Fever - Tularemia in Dogs

Tularemia is a bacterial disease with symptoms that are usually mild in healthy dogs, but can be deadly for pets that are immune compromised. Our Memphis vets share a few facts about tularemia and how your dog could contract this relatively rare disease.

Symptoms & Treatment of Lyme Disease in Dogs

One of the most common tick-transmitted diseases in the world is Lyme disease and cases in dogs have been reported across the US. Our Bartlett vets explain the symptoms and treatments for lyme disease in dogs.

Causes & Symptoms of Pneumonia in Cats

Pneumonia in cats is an inflammation of the lungs and airways that can occur for a number of reasons. In today's blog our Bartlett vets explain some of the causes, symptoms and treatments for pneumonia in cats. 

Fungal Infections in Dogs - Causes, Symptoms, and Treatments

Our Bartlett vets diagnose and treat a variety of fungal infections in dogs. With our in-house lab, our dermatology team can diagnose your pet’s skin disorder and offer a customized treatment plan. 

901-377-2244