I recently had a discussion with my vet regarding the blood test for "heartworm, erlichia, and lyme" and decided I need to educate myself on the symptoms of erlichia and lyme, since he said we have more incidences of those here than heartworm, and that it is well worth getting dogs tested annually, or more often if they have "vague" symptoms.
I ran across this description on petmed.com, and thought it was worth sharing.
"Lyme Borreliosis in Dogs
Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-transmitted diseases in the world. It is caused by a spirochete (bacteria) species of the Borrelia burgdorferi group. Dominant clinical feature in dogs is recurrent lameness due to inflammation of the joints. There may also be a lack of appetite and depression. More serious complications include damage to the kidney, and rarely heart or nervous system disease.
Many dogs with Lyme disease have recurrent lameness of the limbs due to inflammation of the joints. Others, meanwhile, may develop acute lameness, which lasts for only three to four days but recurs days to weeks later, with lameness in the same leg, or in other legs. Better known as “shifting-leg lameness,” this condition is characterized by lameness in one leg, with a return to normal function, and another leg is then involved; one or more joints may be swollen and warm; a pain response is elicited by feeling the joint; responds well to antibiotic treatment."
Cricket, home January 29, 2012
Maggie Mae, home September 1, 2014
Feather: March 23, 1994 - November 17, 2011
17 years and 8 months of Love