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Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-transmitted diseases in the world but only causes symptoms in 5-10% of affected dogs. It is caused by a spirochete (bacteria) species of the Borrelia burgdorferi group. Borrelia burgdorferi, which is the bacteria responsible for Lyme disease in dogs, is transmitted by slow-feeding, hard-shelled deer ticks (Ixodes spp.). Infection typically occurs after the Borrelia carrying tick has been attached to the dog for at least 2-3 days. Dogs are 50% more likely than humans to get Lyme Disease. Your dog tested positive. Here’s what you need to know

Your dog was bitten by a deer tick that carried the bacteria that causes Lyme Disease. This dangerous infection may cause the following:

    • Lameness
    • Swollen joints
    • Loss of appetite
    • Fever

***Some dogs often display no apparent signs of Lyme disease, so it’s essential to determine the level of infection. We can measure a specific antibody called “C 6 ” in your dog’s blood to help determine whether treatment is required.***

Treatment Recommendation

If the antibody level is low, the veterinarian may decide that your dog doesn’t need immediate treatment and will schedule a follow-up appointment to monitor your dog to make sure he or she stays healthy. If the antibody level is moderate to high, the veterinarian will begin antibiotic treatment immediately. There are several useful antibiotics available. It’s essential to follow the instructions and give your pet the full course of treatment. If surgery is required, a follow-up C6 antibody test is repeated in 6 months to ensure treatment was successful.

Can I get Lyme Disease from my dog?

Although dogs and cats can get Lyme disease, there is no evidence that they spread the disease directly to their owners. However, pets can bring infected ticks into your home or yard. Consider protecting your pet, and possibly yourself, through the use of tick control products.

For more information on Lyme Disease and the Manitoba Blacklegged tick surveillance program, please click here.

Written by Diane Skillen, Practice Manager

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Last updated: July 19, 2021

Dear Clients,

With recent changes to restrictions on businesses, we have made some important updates to our operating policies.

1. WE CONTINUE TO SEE ALL CASES BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

This includes vaccines, wellness exams, blood work, heartworm testing, spays and neuters, dental services, and more!

Note: Priority will be given to urgent or sick pets, as well as time-sensitive puppy/kitten vaccinations. If you're unsure whether your pet needs medical attention, please call us to discuss your situation. 

2. SAFETY MEASURES TO KEEP EVERYONE SAFE

3. OPERATING HOURS

We are OPEN with the following hours:

Monday - Friday: 7:30 am - 7:00 pm
Saturday: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Sunday: CLOSED

4. PET BOARDING & GROOMING

Thank you for helping us be diligent for everyone's safety. With your cooperation, our team can continue to provide outstanding care to our cherished patients, without compromising the safety of our staff and clients. Any updates will be provided as changes occur.

- Your dedicated team at Centennial Animal Hospital