Tick-Borne Illness: Lyme disease in dogs is a tick-borne bacterial infection caused by Borrelia burgdorferi.
Transmission: Dogs typically get infected through the bite of infected black-legged ticks.
Geographic Risk: Prevalent in specific regions like the northeastern and north-central United States, Europe, and Asia.
Symptoms: Common signs in dogs include fever, joint pain, lameness, lethargy, and decreased appetite.
Diagnosis: Vets use blood tests to diagnose Lyme disease, often relying on clinical symptoms for confirmation.
Treatment: Typically treated with antibiotics like doxycycline or amoxicillin. Early detection and treatment are important.
Human Risk: While dogs can bring infected ticks home, dogs themselves do not transmit the disease directly to humans.