Lyme Disease in Cats and Dogs - Lyme Disease Information
A Look at Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is a dangerous infection that causes lameness and arthritis in animals. Lyme disease in dogs if left untreated can lead to kidney, heart, and neurological problems. Humans can contract Lyme diease when an infected tick bites them.
The History of Lyme Disease
Lyme Disease was first discovered in the town of Lyme, Connecticut. Lyme Disease is still a major problem in the northeastern United States because the type of tick that carries the disease, the Ixodes tick, are naturally found in the region. In addition, the tick's natural hosts of deer and deer mice are abundant in this area.
Effects of Lyme Disease
Lyme Disease affects cats and dogs. Its symptons are different in humans. In fact, the disease is actually more serious in humans. Nonetheless, it can cause some devastating problems in your dog with little or no clue that there is a problem. This is because there is no obvious skin rash or symptoms of flu as occurs in humans. Lyme disease symptoms in cats and dogs are vague. In addition, there is no obvious nervous system disease or cardiac arrhythmia. Despite this fact, Lyme Disease can lead to arthritis and damage to the filtering system of the kidneys in cats and dogs.
Animals Susceptible to Lyme Disease
Dogs, cats, cattle, horses and humans are all susceptible to Lyme Disease. The highest incidence of Lyme Disease is found in areas where deer and deer mice are prevalent because the ticks feed on these hosts. This concentration is located in the northeastern region of the United States, as well as in California in the upper Mississippi River Valley and in some southern states. In these regions, it is particularly important to protect your cats and dogs from ticks. States with high numbers of documented cases of Lyme Disease in humans and pets are Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, and Wisconsin.