Both pets and people can get Lyme disease, which is transmitted by deer ticks. The American Lyme Disease Foundation has declared April as Lyme Disease Prevention Month because deer ticks begin to emerge as the weather warms up. The disease (caused by a type of bacteria called Borrelia Burgdorferi) is transmitted by deer ticks when they bite the skin and transmit bacteria into the blood stream. The organism then “settles in,” making a nice little home in the joints and wreaks havoc on your pup or kitty’s health.
Lyme disease can affect both dogs and cats, but is more rare among cats. Symptoms are similar for both species, with the main problem being inflammation at the joints – though sometimes they are not apparent or there are no signs at all.
Symptoms for dogs:
Often times, the symptoms can go unrecognized and Lyme disease will not be considered until other diseases have been ruled out.
Symptoms for cats:
Some cats develop kidney conditions, and rarely heart or nervous system diseases.
Be sure to talk to your veterinarian about the possibility of Lyme disease if you notice any of the above symptoms, or if you live in a high-risk area.