Indy vets warn pet owners of increased Lyme disease risk

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Indianapolis veterinarians are warning pet owners of an increasing risk in Lyme disease throughout the state. Health officials also said that bacterial leptospirosis infections are on the rise and owners should take steps into finding out if their pet is at risk.

Symptoms for Lyme disease in your pets may include stiff joints, breathing difficulties, depression and lack of appetite. In rare cases, the heart and nervous system can be affected.

Symptoms for leptospirosis include depression, loss of appetite, lethargy, stomachache, vomiting and fever. Ultimately, this infection can lead to kidney or liver failure, even death in some cases.

Veterinarians said owners should act immediately if your pet shows symptoms and to seek veterinary care. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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