May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month

Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-transmitted diseases in the world. While only 5–10 percent of affected dogs will have symptoms, when a canine does get Lyme disease, one of the most dominant clinical features is inflammation of the joints which causes lameness.

Depression and lack of appetite may also be apparent, and more critical scenarios including kidney damage and even heart or nervous system disease may occur.

Additional symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Sensitive to touch
  • Stiff walk with arched back
  • Difficulty breathing

While Lyme disease is not very prevalent in our area, we have seen many other tick-borne diseases including Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Ehrlichia. As such, we highly encourage our clients to keep their pet administered on monthly flea/tick preventatives.

At Animal Hospital of Sandy Springs, we offer a variety of different products for your pet which will combat fleas and ticks, and we also offer the Lyme vaccine, too—this is recommended for those pets that travel frequently up north or to those who have summer homes.

For any questions about Lyme disease, or if you’d like to order products or request an appointment, contact us at 470-419-8259 or request an appointment online.

Pets Give Our Boarding 4 Paws Up!

Animal Hospital of Sandy Springs is pleased to provide the pets of our community with world-class boarding facilities for dogs and cats. Our expansive outdoor play area means your pet has plenty of opportunities to exercise and socialize with other animals, and additional features include:

  • Veterinary supervision
  • Air-conditioned kennel and suite boarding options
  • Overnight boarding with our trained staff

If you’re going out of town soon and you want to leave your pet in the hands of trusted veterinary care, contact us today at 470-419-8259 or request a stay online.

We look forward to hosting your pet!