Lyme Disease in Cats

Tuxedo Cat

Cats can be bitten by ticks and develop rickettsial (bacteria of the Rickettsia genus) infections similar to dogs and people.  Unlike dogs and people, cats appear to be more resistant to developing clinical signs secondary to rickettsial infections.  Some of the possible … [Read more...]

Vaccinating your Dog Against Lyme Disease

Puppy

If a dog lives in a non-endemic area for Lyme disease it is most likely not beneficial to vaccinate them for Lyme disease.  Currently known endemic areas are the northeastern states, the upper Midwest, and coastal regions of northern California, Oregon, and … [Read more...]

Testing Dogs for Lyme Disease

Pit Bull Puppy

Dogs with Lyme disease will develop a protein-losing kidney disease and/or arthritis.  It is very important that before a dog is tested for Lyme disease it is evaluated for protein-losing kidney disease and arthritis.  This is because a positive Lyme test does not tell us … [Read more...]

Lyme Disease in Dogs- an Overview

Adult deer tick, Ixodes scapularis. Photo by Scott Bauer

Most cases of Lyme disease in dogs occur in wooded areas in the Northeast, upper Midwest (including Wisconsin and Minnesota), northern California, and the Pacific Northwest.  The infection is transmitted by ticks of the Ixodes genus.  Click here to learn more about Ixodes … [Read more...]

Lyme Disease in Dogs- Symptoms

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The clinical signs of Lyme disease in dogs generally will occur 2 to 6 months after a tick bites a dog.  After the tick bites a dog it needs to stay attached to the dog for at least 50 hours to transmit the infection to the dog.  Click here to learn more about the process … [Read more...]