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Posted on 01-16-2018

Ticks and Lyme Disease Care at Nall Hills Animal Hospital

If you spot ticks on your pet or suspect they may have Lyme disease bring your pet to a Veterinarian in Overland Park, KS.

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Lyme Disease  

Lyme disease, (Lyme borreliosis) is a bacterial infection that is transmitted to your pets through a specific type of tick. Ticks that carry Lyme disease include the following:

  • Blacklegged Tick (also known as a deer tick is the primary carrier of Lyme disease)
  • Western Blacklegged Tick
  • Lonestar Tick

Symptoms of Lyme Disease

  • Lameness
  • Decrease in appetite
  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Fever
  • Swollen joints
  • Swollen lymph nodes

It is often difficult to recognize the symptoms of Lyme disease in pets especially if you did not see a tick on your pet. That is why it is important to bring your pet to a Veterinarian in Overland Park at Nall Hills Animal Hospital, to be tested.

Diagnosing Lyme Disease

Diagnosing Lyme disease in pets can be difficult that’s why it is so important that you bring your pet to. There are several things that need to be taken into consideration during the diagnostic stage because not all pets will have symptoms.

  • Did you see a tick on your pet?
  • Is your pet exposed to ticks that carry Lyme disease?
  • The veterinarian’s clinical finds
  • Blood test that is positive for the antibody

In some cases, further testing is necessary including:

  • X-Rays
  • Joint fluid sampling
  • Tests to check kidney functions

The tests listed above are done by a Veterinarian in Overland Park at Nall Hills Animal Hospital to rule out any diseases or conditions that may have the same symptoms as Lyme disease.

Treatment for Lyme Disease

A few weeks of antibiotics is the usual treatment for Lyme disease. You will want to make sure you bring your pet to the veterinarian for kidney testing; this is generally done by testing the amount of protein in their urine. Kidney disease can develop as a result of Lyme disease if the kidneys are not functioning properly more antibiotics and other medications may be necessary for a complete recovery.

To Schedule an Appointment with Our Animal Hospital in Overland Park, KS

To Schedule, an appointment with a Veterinarian in Overland Park, KS at Nall Hills Animal Hospital calls us at 913-341-8836.

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