Paula, who owns the pet shop PK’s Pets, in Fleet, says that the disease had a devastating effect on the Kelpie-cross Chaos, a then happy, healthy seven-year-old dog.
“While we were out walking, Chaos picked up a tick that I didn’t know about until we got home. I removed the tick and, 18 months later in June 2001, my dog was diagnosed with Lyme Disease.”
“It was probably three months until she started to show any symptoms. She started to walk as though she had bruised feet, and then after about eight months she started to present signs similar to what you would see with meningitis. So, she was very stiff in her shoulder and very stiff in her neck, and started blinking and squinting.”
“It was heart-breaking putting her through so many procedures, including lumbar punctures and MRI scans, before we got a diagnosis. It took three courses of antibiotics before she tested clear, so the disease was a devil to get rid of. I don’t think people are aware of how much stress it can cause an animal to have the disease.”
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