How long does Lyme disease take to show up in dogs? What to Know

Can I Catch Lyme Disease From my Dog?

Dogs are not a direct source of infection for people. Lyme disease can’t be transmitted from one pet to another, nor from pets to humans, except through tick bites. However, a carrier tick could come into your house on your dog’s fur and get on you.

If your dog is diagnosed with Lyme disease, you and any other pets have probably been in the same outdoor environment and may also be at risk, so it is a good idea to consult with your physician and veterinarian to see whether you should test other pets or family members.

How long does Lyme disease take to show up in dogs?

What are the symptoms of Lyme Disease in Dogs?

Lyme disease is, unfortunately, a fairly common canine disease. Typical symptoms in dogs include:

  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite
  • Reduced energy
  • Lameness (can be shifting, intermittent, and recurring)
  • Generalized stiffness, discomfort, or pain
  • Swelling of joints
  • Symptoms can progress to kidney failure, which can be fatal. Serious cardiac and neurological effects can also occur.

    How long does Lyme disease take to show up in dogs?

    What are the symptoms of Lyme disease in dogs?

    Lyme disease is often more challenging to identify in dogs than in humans, primarily due to the lack of a rash. While humans typically develop a characteristic “bullseye” rash around the location of the tick bite causing the infection, dogs dont develop this rash. Instead, behavioral cues are used to identify canine Lyme disease.

    Those symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Loss of appetite and/or weight loss
  • Lameness in one or more parts of the body (this lameness can shift around to different locations, and come and go over time)
  • Stiffness or pain in one or more parts of the body
  • Swollen joints
  • Overall loss of energy
  • While tick bites are the cause of Lyme disease, the development of symptoms takes place much later than the initial bite. Your dog may not show symptoms of Lyme disease until two to five months after being infected. The signs of Lyme disease in dogs can also bear similarities to the symptoms of other health conditions. For this reason, its crucial that dog owners seek out a veterinary diagnosis if they suspect their pet has canine Lyme disease.

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