Adopting a Dog with Lyme Disease: What to Know

Lyme disease is a bacterial illness transmitted by ticks. Symptoms include fever, lameness, joint swelling, loss of appetite, and lethargy.

Lyme Disease

Lyme disease can be effectively managed and treated. Treatment usually lasts for a month and involves antibiotics like doxycycline.


This should include vaccination history, spay/neuter status, Lyme disease test results, and any symptoms or treatments given.


After adoption, schedule a vet visit. They can perform blood work or a urinalysis to check kidney function, as Lyme disease can sometimes lead to severe kidney disease.


Costs for treating Lyme disease can vary. They include vet visits, bloodwork, urinalysis, and medications. Some shelters may provide initial medications free of charge.


Dogs with Lyme disease should be monitored for arthritis and kidney disease. They may require long-term pain medication, joint supplements, and regular tick prevention.


Lyme disease can cause painful symptoms like Lyme arthritis. While it's not contagious to other pets, tick prevention is key to prevent transmission.


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