805 O’Connor Drive
Toronto, ON, M4B 2S7
P. 416-757-3569
E. [email protected]com
Emergency? Call 416-247-VETS

Office hours
Monday: 9 am – 6 pm
Tuesday: 9 am – 6 pm
Wednesday: 9 am – 6 pm
Thursday: 9 am – 6 pm
Friday: 9 am – 6 pm
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed

The clinic is closed on Ontario’s
statutory holidays.

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Lyme FAQs

Lyme FAQs
What is lyme disease?

Borrellia burgdorferi, commonly known as lyme, is a bacterial spirochete.

What are the symptoms of lyme disease?

Lyme disease symptoms can appear very generic. Lethargy, inappetence, generalized pain, swollen joints or lameness, weight loss, vomiting, increased urination and drinking. It can also cause chronic kidney disease.

Is lyme disease treatable?

As a bacterial infection, lyme disease can be addressed with antibiotics. In many cases however, the initial infection may recur and treatment needs to be repeated.

How does a dog get lyme disease?

It is transmitted to dogs through the bite of a tick carrying lyme disease.

How much lyme disease is in Ontario?

Lyme disease cases are escalating in Ontario, Quebec and Nova Scotia. Click here to see the distribution of lyme disease in Southwestern Ontario.

What can I use to prevent lyme disease?

The best way to prevent lyme disease is to reduce exposure to ticks. Our clinic recommends Advantix for flea and tick prevention. It is a topical product that is applied once a month.

Is lyme disease contagious?

No, dogs with lyme disease cannot pass it directly to another dog or human. Lyme disease is spread by the bite of an infected tick.

How do I check for lyme disease?

We recommend an annual 4DX test in the spring which screens for heartworm and three tickborne diseases, including lyme disease. We also recommend the 4DX test 6 weeks after any known tick bites. If your dog tests positive for lyme disease in the 4DX test, your veterinarian may recommend additional tests to investigate the severity of the infection.