May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Lyme Disease is one of the most common tick-transmitted diseases in the world.  While only 5-10% of affected dogs will have symptoms, the most dominant clinical feature is inflammation of the joints which causes lameness.

Lethargy and lack of appetite may be apparent plus other critical scenarios including kidney and heart damage or nervous system disease may occur.

Additional symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Sensitive to touch
  • Stiff walk with arched back
  • Difficulty breathing

Lyme disease is quite prevalent in our area, and as such, we highly encourage our clients to keep their pet administered on monthly flea/tick preventatives. At Animal Medical Center of Cascades, we offer a variety of different products for your pet which will combat fleas and ticks—we also offer the Lyme vaccine, too.

For any questions about Lyme disease, or if you’d like to order products or request an appointment, contact us at 703-956-1522 or request an appointment online.