Note from America

Lyme disease could affect dogs and other pets in Europe

source: Ewan McNeill
In Practice vol 24 no 1, January 2002 p39

Lyme disease is common in the US, where it is spread by a minute species of tick. The disease usually affects dogs, though it can affect other pets such as horses and cats. It results in swollen joints, and can be treated if diagnosed early. Serious problems can arise, such as renal failure and arthritis, if it is not treated. There are vaccines, though they are not 100% effective, and booster shots and annual tests are needed. Tick control is also important.

Lyme disease appears to be spreading in northern Europe. More British dogs are travelling abroad, and British vets may eventually have to provide routine tests for Lyme disease.