Lyme Disease and Pets, What Is the Deal?

Lyme Disease and Pets, What Is the Deal?

Female deer tick

Lyme disease is a potentially serious infection caused by the bacteria Borelia burgedoferi and transmitted by the deer tick or black legged tick, Ixodes scapularis.  In this article, I will attempt to explain the differences and similarities between this disease in people and in dogs, the best preventative measures, and testing and treatment of veterinary patients.

The Northeast United States has the highest incidence of Lyme disease. The Center for Disease Control has collected a great deal of information on the condition as it affects people. The veterinary community also has paid special attention to this infection in recent years, developing a much better understanding of the disease, tests to help us identify affected patients, and preventative measures including highly effective tick control and vaccinations against the bacteria.

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What is your diagnosis?

What is your diagnosis?

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Little Bear

Little Bear is a 7 1/2 year old, male neutered, mixed breed dog. On November 8, 20**, he presented to Animal Kind Veterinary Hospital for decreased activity and dramatically decreased appetite of one week’s duration. His family also reported that he seemed to be drinking more water than usual, had an episode of vomiting three days prior, and was passing less stool than usual. There was no history of travel, dietary indiscretion, or known toxin exposure.
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Why does my cat need teeth extracted?

This radiograph shows 2 relatively healthy teeth next to a tooth so seriously affected by reabsorption that the crown of the tooth has broken off.

 

For cats, a disease known as tooth resorption is the most common reason for dental/tooth extraction. This is a progressively destructive condition causing irreversible damage to teeth. To date, the only appropriate treatment identified is the extraction of affected teeth.

 

 

 

 

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