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Case study: canine Lyme disease presenting as a forelimb lameness


  • Ian Wright BVMS Bsc Msc MRCVS

    1. Veterinary Surgeon at Withy Grove Veterinary Surgery, Co-owner of the Mount Veterinary Practice, Independent Parasitologist and member of ESCCAP UK
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Canine Lyme disease is a tick-borne disease caused by gram-negative spirochaetes belonging to the Borrelia burgdorferi group. A common manifestation of the disease in dogs is a shifting lameness but is often missed in practice due to the non-specific and sometimes subtle presentation of the clinical signs. This article describes a typical case of canine Lyme disease and demonstrates the importance of early diagnosis and treatment intervention, and how this can avoid some of the more serious consequences of chronic disease. Options for disease prevention are also discussed.