Lyme disease is caused by borrelia burgdorferi which is a spiral-shaped bacteria species of the spirochete class.
Lyme disease is passed on to dog bloodstream by deer tick bite that has been infected with the disease.
These little parasites are very small in size and can easily be unnoticed anywhere they go.
Deer tick (Ixodes) is a blood sucker type parasite and during the feeding process deer tick must keep the host blood clotting in order to regurgitate assorted enzymes to keep the blood flow smooth and in liquid state.
In the regurgitation process lyme spirochete is brought up from tick stomach to it mouth part and it requires at least 2 days to complete this process so if tick is remove from dog before this period then the host will not get lyme disease.
Once lyme disease is in the blood steam then it will be carriesto many parts of the body causing different kinds of illness and symptoms.
Humans can also get lyme disease from being bitten by infected deer tick but not from dog directly so it is very important that you must protect yourself from these little parasites.
Dog Lyme Disease Symptoms
- fever (102-105 degrees fahrenheit)
- loss of appetite
- swollen of a lymph node (lymphadenopathy)
- heart disorders and disease
- pain and inflamed joints
- kidney damage and disease
- disorders of the nervous system including aggression, confusion and overeating