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Lyme Disease Symptoms

Jenn Smith

Posted on July 22 2020

Spring and summer are when ticks are spotted most frequently as outdoor enthusiasts spend more time outside camping; hiking and gardening. Ticks are usually found in grassy and wooded areas during the warm months of the year where they can easily latch onto wildlife, people and pets. 

Lyme Disease, the most recognized symbol of a tick bite, affects over 300,000 Americans each year. The famous tick disease even affected over 359,000 dogs in 2019 according to Pets and Parasites. The red blotchy bulls-eye mark is how individuals recognize Lyme Disease; but there are other Lyme Disease symptoms that include:

  • Muscle Aches
  • Weakness
  • Fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Swollen Glands
  • Nausea
  • Fever


Pets that have hidden ticks in fur may be at risk of Lyme Disease, too. Lyme Disease symptoms in dogs include:

  • Unsteadiness
  • Loss of muscle movement
  • Lethargy
  • High blood pressure
  • Difficulty eating
  • Excessive drooling
  • Fast heart beat


The disease can have crippling affects on people and pets. If caught early on, antibiotics can be administered. While not all ticks carry Lyme Disease, or diseases at all, it is not worth the risk to sit on testing. If bit by a tick, remove the embedded tick from the skin and take it to the doctor/vet office for identification to determine next moves.