Warning pet owners of increased Lyme disease risk

WLFI File Photo
WLFI File Photo

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Veterinarians are warning pet owners of an increasing risk in Lyme disease throughout the state. Health officials also said that bacterial leptospirosis infections are on the rise and owners should take steps into finding out if their pet is at risk.

Symptoms for Lyme disease in your pets may include stiff joints, breathing difficulties, depression and lack of appetite. In rare cases, the heart and nervous system can be affected.

Symptoms for leptospirosis include depression, loss of appetite, lethargy, stomachache, vomiting and fever. Ultimately, this infection can lead to kidney or liver failure, even death in some cases.

Veterinarians said owners should act immediately if your pet shows symptoms and to seek veterinary care.

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