Q. What are the typical symptoms for lyme, and what is the treatment?
A. Clinical signs of lyme disease include fever, inappetance, lethargy, episodic shifting and limb lameness. Dogs look like they are coming down with flu, they walk hunched over, as stepping on egg shells.
The stiffness is related to polyarthritis, that will reverse once treatment is initiated, although changes in the joint can persist after the inflammation is controlled. A small reddened lesion can also be seen where the tick bite was, and it will normally disappear within the first two weeks.
From this general picture, symptoms can progress to kidney failure and even death if your dog is left untreated. Specific blood test will be able to confirm whether the dog has been exposed to the disease.
Antibiotics are normally prescribed and lead to an improvement in clinical signs within 2-3 days time. Treatment is often required for weeks or even months, and the greatest rate of success is achieved in the initial phases of the clinical illness.