Lyme Disease In Dogs Northeast Philadelphia Veterinarian
Lyme disease is the most common tick-transmitted disease worldwide and it occurs frequently in our area. This illness is caused by a spiral-shaped bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi that is carried inside the tick and is transferred through the bite of this insect to other living organisms. When the bacterium has entered the bloodstream, it will then travel to different parts of the body, causing bodily harm to certain organs such as the joints. Although humans have a visual aid to help indicate the possible infection of Lyme Disease, it is a little trickier to identify it in our canine companions. Approximately 5-10% of dogs that have become infected show symptoms that they contracted the disease, making it extremely difficult as a pet owner to distinguish this infection. The most common physical symptom that pet owners can notice on their dogs is a developed lameness in their dog’s legs due to inflammation of their joints.