Video of Lyme disease affected dog

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Video Of A Dog With Lyme Disease

Lyme Disease is a condition with a variety of effects and signs in the infected dog.  Cats can get Lyme Disease but it is far more common in dogs and humans.  Caused by a corkscrew shaped bacteria with the name Borrelia burgdorferi, it is most commonly introduced into the victim's tissues through the bite of a tick called Ixodes scapularis; it's common name is the  Black-Legged Tick and it used to be called the Deer Tick. Visit the links below for excellent data and pictures of these ticks.

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The dog in this video displays the joint discomfort Lyme Disease patients endure.  Many dogs present with seemingly mild, intermittent forelimb lameness.  Others, such as the dog in this video, seem to ache all over.

Not every Ixodes tick will harbor the Borrelia bacteria that causes the disease.  The owner never saw any ticks on this little dog...
all it takes is one!



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The Lyme Disease patient in this video had a temperature of 103.3 degrees.  Normal body temperatures often range between 100.5 and 102.5.

This patient walked normally within 36 hours of the start of antibiotics; nevertheless, treatment should continue for 3 to 6 weeks.  Each case is handled individually


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Blacklegged (or deer) ticks
(Ixodes scapularis and Ixodes pacificus) can transmit several tick-borne diseases including anaplasmosis, babesiosis and Lyme disease. An adult tick is pictured at left, though it is the smaller nymphal stage ticks which most commonly bite humans.

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This tick does not carry Borrelia organisms and so does not contribute to Lyme Disease infections

American dog tick (Dermacentor variabilis) as well as the Rocky Mountain wood tick (Dermacentor andersoni) can transmit many diseases including Rocky Mountain spotted fever and tularemia.

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This tick does not carry Borrelia organisms and so does not contribute to Lyme Disease infections

Lone star ticks (Amblyomma americanum) have been linked to transmission of ehrlichiosis, tularemia, and southern tick-associated rash illness (STARI). The saliva of these ticks is irritating, and can cause an allergic reaction at the site of the bite

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