Can you spot the Lyme Disease symptoms in dogs? Lyme Disease in puppies is serious and sometimes life threatening. If you have a dog that frequently goes outside where she can pick up deer ticks, you need to know the conditions to get your dog treatment quickly.
Lyme Disease Symptoms in Dogs
Lyme Disease symptoms in dogs come in two stages – early and late. In the early stages, before your dog is even diagnosed, you’ll spot some or all these symptoms:
Muscle and Joint Pain – Lyme Disease usually causes lameness due to muscle and joint pain. Your dog may have many of the same symptoms as arthritis and have puffiness in the joints. You’ll notice this because your dog will have trouble walking, walk stiffly or not want to walk around much at all.
Swollen lymph nodes – If your dog is limping and showing pain when she moves or walks, check the lymph nodes to see if they are swollen. Lymph nodes are small glands that help the immune system function. Check for the lymph nodes in your dog’s neck and the joint of their legs (similar to the armpits and groin in humans). If you feel swelling or enlargement this is a sign your dog has some type of infection, illness or possibly Lyme Disease.
Fever and Chills – Dogs can have fever and chills just like humans. Some dogs with Lyme Disease develop fevers anywhere from 103 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit.
Fatigue – You may notice your dog acting tired and sleeping much more than usual.Lack of appetite – A sudden loss of appetite is another sign of Lyme Disease.
Depression – Because Lyme Disease affects the central nervous system, your dog may become depressed or show signs of depression. You’ll notice your usually outgoing and happy dog avoiding family and acting depressed.Necessarily
Bad Breath – Dogs that have Lyme Disease have breath that smells like ammonia.If your dog shows a few of these signs or symptoms, you need to take him to the vet for a checkup. Bear in mind, your dog will generally have a number of of these symptoms — not just one. And just because your dog has one or more of these symptoms doesn’t positively indicate your dog has Lyme Disease.
Your dog is valuable to you and is part of your family. To be absolutely sure whether your dog has Lyme Disease, you need to get a positive diagnosis from your vet. Only then can you start therapy for your dog to prevent long-term harm or even death. Familiarize yourself with these Lyme Disease symptoms in dogs and be able to distinguish them to keep your dog out of harm’s way.