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Lyme Disease in Cats: Sometimes the Vets Are Wrong

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The moral of the story: Sometimes even vets get it wrong. If something sounds odd to you, check it out, and get the latest word from trustworthy sources like Cornell Feline Health or the Centers for Disease Control. Your cat will thank you.

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Cher C (1430)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 6:49 am

SORRY! Not sure what happened here.

PLEASE SIGN this petition for Europe's Sows!!!!


Cher C (1430)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 6:50 am

Thnx Danuta!!!!


Cher C (1430)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 6:53 am

And here is the article about Lyme disease and cats.....

I recently saw a column written by a veterinarian in which a reader asked, ďI just pulled a tick off my cat. Do I have to worry about Lyme disease?Ē The vet responded by saying that although Lyme disease can cause arthritis and kidney problems in dogs, and cats develop Lyme antibodies that can be detected by canine Lyme tests, cats donít develop the clinical signs of Lyme disease.

ďHmm,Ē I thought. ďThat seems odd. Cats get infected but donít get sick? How does that work?Ē So I investigated further.

I didnít have to investigate very far before I got some more accurate answers. According to PetMD (the animal equivalent of WebMD), although many cats donít develop the symptoms, some do. Itís not common, but it does happen.

As with dogs, cats who develop Lyme disease may have recurrent lameness, which may shift from leg to leg, due to sore and swollen joints. Some cats even develop kidney problems, which can become chronic and lead to renal failure. Heart and nervous system abnormalities can also occur, but those symptoms are extremely rare.

Fortunately, Lyme disease responds well to antibiotic treatment ... if itís caught before the bacteria cause permanent damage. According to the Cornell Feline Health Center, a Lyme infection that remains untreated for an extended period -- several weeks or so -- can result in irreversible tissue damage.

Itís critical not to write off Lyme disease as a possible cause of lameness and ďainít doiní rightĒ symptoms, which is why I hate to see a column written by a vet with the headline ďCats donít get Lyme disease.Ē

They can, they do, and it can make your cat very sick.

To give the vet some credit, she may not have written the headline. That task is often undertaken by newspaper or website editorial staff, and sometimes the headline doesnít accurately reflect the content of the article. This has happened to me once or twice.

But still, this vet told readers that veterinary infectious-disease experts agree that cats infected ďin a natural setting,Ē e.g., outdoors, donít develop the clinical signs of Lyme. So far Iíve seen one expert, an animal parasitologist, say cats canít get Lyme disease. However, the Cornell Feline Health Center, many other vets including this one, and even the U.S. Centers for Disease Control, say they can. And I found those articles with five whole minutes of web searching. Oh, my, the Herculean labor! I'm positively gasping for breath, that was so hard!

The moral of the story: Sometimes even vets get it wrong. If something sounds odd to you, check it out, and get the latest word from trustworthy sources like Cornell Feline Health or the Centers for Disease Control. Your cat will thank you.


Cher C (1430)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 6:53 am

But please do sign this petitions for cows suffering!!!!!



Kit B (276)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 7:11 am

Signed the petition and learned about lyme disease in cats. Thanks Cher.
Thank you for taking the time to email EU Agriculture Ministers about the lack of compliance with the partial ban on sow stalls.

Sara P (57)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 11:51 am
I've already signed the petition for cow suffering Cher, thanks a lot and thanks to tell us about the lyme disease.

Kerrie G (118)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 1:01 pm
Noted, thanks.

Ann Breeden (65)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 3:58 pm
Thanks. I'll keep an eye on my outdoor-indoor cat.

LKoSl J (130)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 4:45 pm
done the petition.

Noted with many thanks for the article Cher. It s very useful for me since I have countless stray dogs and cats with me everyday. I don't know why they always come to me, I can't bring them home all but feed and cure them where they are. Vets here are young, some are money hungers, some are for cows not cats and dogs.

DaleLovesOttawa O (198)
Saturday September 28, 2013, 6:43 pm
Yes so very true, some doctors get things wrong. Sounds like doctors for humans as well, there are times when they can come out with the wrong things.

Interesting and timely information.

Winn A (177)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 5:48 am

Ruth C (87)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 6:36 am
My kitties are indoor cats and I keep them clean and healthy.

Susan Duncan (25)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 6:43 am
Vets get things wrong more often than we animal lovers would like to believe. I know. That's why we must be ever vigilant, never just blindly accept whatever a vet tells us if it feels wrong, but do exhaustive online research when our animals display troubling symptoms. No one knows our special friends like we do, we have to be the vocal advocates for our beloved companions who can't speak for themselves.

Dianne D (490)
Sunday September 29, 2013, 8:06 pm
signed petition for EU's sows. Would have liked to have read the article on cats and lyme disease.
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