Lyme disease is a tick-borne illness that affects pets as well as humans. It was first found and named in 1976 in Lyme, CT. Researchers have discovered it is an ancient bacterium that has been around for more than 60,000 years. In the case of pets, several types of preventative measures have been developed and now pets can enjoy the outdoors with less fear of getting bitten and infected. At North Heights Veterinary Clinic in Appleton, we provide complete pet care and our veterinarians can help you decide what flea and tick prevention methods are best for your pets.
The Symptoms of Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is carried by deer ticks. Deer ticks are very small and you may not notice your pet has been bitten. Some pets have no symptoms but for others, it can be a painful disease. Among the most common symptoms are swollen lymph nodes, lethargy, swollen and painful joints, lameness, loss of appetite, and fever. If you suspect your pet is suffering from Lyme Disease, our veterinarians can run a blood test that can determine the cause of the symptoms. It is important to get a diagnosis since there is the potential for long-term damage that can make your pet very ill.
Flea and Tick Prevention
While vaccines have been developed for Lyme Disease prevention for dogs, cats don't have this option. If you suspect your cat has been exposed, discuss your options with our veterinarians. Safe products have been developed for cats and our vets can recommend the correct one for your feline. Topical and oral options are also available for canines.
Contact Our Veterinarians in Appleton, WI
If you live in or around Appleton, our team at North Heights Veterinary Clinic is here to help. We are a full-service veterinary clinic that provides both routine and emergency pet care services. We offer a comfortable place to bring your pet to receive the quality care he or she needs. Call us today at (920) 739-7816 to schedule an appointment with one of our veterinarians.