Do you live in an area where Lyme disease is prevalent?
The Cornell University Animal Health Diagnostic Center announces the development of a new multiplex test for dogs and horses that can help determine if the infection is a new development or something that has reached a chronic stage. The test can also distinguish between an infection verses a dog or horse that has been vaccinated against Lyme disease. More information means better opportunities for a targeted treatment plan.
Lyme disease develops from a bacteria transmitted to the host by infected ticks. Typical symptoms in dogs include fever, arthritis and lameness, which usually develop 2-5 months after exposure. With Lyme disease, the longer the disease has been in the body, the more acute the symptoms, so catching the disease early is beneficial.
The cost of the test is listed as $36.00, but related services by your vet, such as drawing blood, means that the total cost will be higher.
This new test was released June 15, 2011, so if you are concerned about Lyme disease, be sure to mention this new information to your vet and have them look it up if they don’t already know about it.
To read more details, see the following PDF released from Cornell: