Lyme disease in dogs

Lyme disease (Lyme Borrelia) is the most common tick-borne disease in the northern hemisphere. It was discovered in Lyme, Connecticut in 1975. It is transmitted by the bite of infected ticks.

Early symptoms in humans may include fever, headache, fatigue, depression, and a characteristic circular skin rash. Left untreated, later symptoms may involve the joints, heart, and central nervous system.

Lyme disease will not affect your dog in the same way it affects people.

People often develop a rash at the point where the tick attached as well as flu-like symptoms.

With lyme disease in dogs the most common symptoms are joint pain and fever that usually do not start until 2-5 months after being bitten.

A few dogs develop swollen lymph nodes and very, very few ever develop the heart and
neurological problems seen in Lyme disease in humans. When lyme-positive dogs develop kidney problems, it is late in the disease process.

Lyme disease is a perplexing condition because it can present itself in so many different ways.

No two cases are alike and the wide variety of symptoms that Lyme can produce can be confused with many other dog diseases. Because of this, it is sometimes called the Great Pretender.

The fact that Borrelia usually produces no immediate symptoms at all in most dogs, makes the situation even more confusing.

Lyme disease and renal problems can be helped by simply feeding your pet a proper diet, which is why many customers who have introduced their dogs to Burns foods commented on the changes they saw in their dogs.

However, please be careful that you do not overfeed your dog with treats or too much of the right food as problems can persist.  After you have switched to either of Burns foods, it is advised that you cut out all of the treats except for a small amount of carrot or apple. Do not free feed!

Take a look at this BBC News article on ‘Ignorance of tick-borne lyme disease costing lives‘ (link opens in new window).

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