Lyme disease is one of the most common tick transmitted diseases in the world. It is caused by a spirochete species of the Borrelia burgdorferi group. Transmission of the disease has been reported in dogs throughout the United States and Europe. This disease is transmitted by the bite of the deer tick. However, new studies show that it may also be transmitted by other midwestern tick species. The most common symptom shown by dogs is recurrent lameness or shifting leg lameness due to inflammation of the joints. Other symptoms can include low grade fevers, poor appetite, weight loss, lethargy, depression, enlarged lymph nodes, and cognitive dysfunction (seen as odd behavior or new strange habits). More serious complications can include kidney disease, heart disease, and nervous system disease. Diagnosis is difficult to achieve through blood tests, however, clinical symptoms can give your veterinarian clues to diagnosing the disease. Treatment consists of long term antibiotics, anti-inflammatories, and nutritional support. Prevention is the gold standard to keep this disease out of your home. We here at MAH have a variety of flea and tick products to aid in preventing this disease. For more information on Lyme disease and other tick born diseases, please contact Dr. Wallis at 913-422-0301.