PLATEAU ANIMAL HOSPITAL

2374 N. Main St.  Crossville, TN 38555

(931) 484-8060

WELCOME

 

Plateau Animal Hospital's goal is to practice the highest quality medicine and surgery with compassion and an emphasis on client education.  We couple this with a truly caring attitude and friendly knowledgeable staff that wants to keep your pet healthy and safe.

 

OFFICE HOURS

Monday: 8:00 - 5:30

Tuesday: 8:00 - 5:30

Wednesday: 8:00 - 12:00

Thursday: 8:00 - 5:30

Friday: 8:00 - 5:30

24 Hour Emergency Services Available

Closed for Lunch 12:00 - 1:30

It is our commitment to provide quality veterinary care throughout the life of your pet.  Our services and facility are designed to assist in routine preventative care for young healthy pets; early detection and treatment of disease as your pet ages and complete medical and surgical care as necessary during his or her life.

 

FACTS ABOUT LYME DISEASE

 

What is Lyme Disease?

Lyme disease is caused by the corkscrew-shaped bacteria, Borrelia burgdorferi (boar-ELL-ee-uh burg-dorf-ERR-eye) also known as spirochete. Ticks get the bacteria when they feed (bloodmeal) on infected wildlife. The tick can now spread the bacteria to other animals (such as pets) or humans when it feeds (bites). Dogs, horses and sometimes cattle can get Lyme disease. White-tailed deer, mice, chipmunks, gray squirrels, opossums and raccoons can also be infected.

 

 

Clinical signs

The most common sign of Lyme disease in animals is arthritis, which causes sudden lameness, pain and sometimes swelling in one or more joints. Other signs that may be seen include fever, lack of appetite, dehydration, inactivity, and swollen lymph nodes. In severe cases, the infection can cause kidney failure and death although this does not commonly occur. The signs of heart and nervous system dysfunction seen in infected humans are not often seen in animals.

 

 

Can I Get Lyme Disease from my pet?

Yes, but it must be through the bite of an infected tick, and the tick must attach for at least 24 hours to transmit the bacteria. Immature ticks, called nymphs, are the primary transmission source of Lyme disease in humans. They are much smaller than adult ticks and harder to see.

 

Disease in humans can vary from no illness to severe disease. Signs may start 1 to 2 weeks after infection (tick bite). A small red bump may develop at the site of the tick bite; it may then slowly spread into a large circular“bulls-eye” type rash. Other signs may include fever, body aches, stiff neck and headache. The second stage of the disease occurs weeks to months later. It involves pain in one or more joints; other people have a fever and other "flu-like" symptoms without a rash.

 

 

How can I protect my animal from Lyme disease?

Use tick prevention medications.

Keep your pets out of wooded areas and away from wildlife.

Check them often for ticks and remove any ticks found promptly. Wear gloves when removing the ticks to protect yourself.

 

 

http://www.vetmed.wsu.edu/cliented/lyme.aspx

 

http://www.cdc.gov/healthypets/diseases/lyme.htm

 

 

Thank you for taking the time to read about our veterinary practice and the services we offer.  We welcome your comments and suggestions.  Please contact us at (931) 484-8060 for all your pet health care needs.

Contact us

Phone: 931-484-8060

Fax: 931-484-7945

Email: pah@volfirst.net

 

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