Beyond the Bite
Karla S. Rugh, DVM
Disease: Lyme disease .
Cause: Borrelia burgdorferi.
Transmitted by: Deer ticks (Ixodes pacificus, Ixodes scapularis).
How it happens: Immature ticks (nymphs or larvae) become infected after feeding on infected hosts such as rodents. After molting, the immature ticks pass the infection to other animals.
Symptoms: Listlessness, fever, anorexia, weakness, joint pain, and lameness are the most common symptoms, but kidney failure, heart abnormalities, facial paralysis, and seizures can also occur.
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