Dogs can get Lyme disease, according to petMD. Ticks transmit the disease, and it appears to affect younger dogs more than older dogs. Dogs in the upper Midwest and on the Atlantic and Pacific coasts get Lyme disease more often than dogs elsewhere.
A tick usually must be attached to a dog for at least 18 hours for Lyme disease to be transmitted, explains petMD. The disease inflames joints, and a major symptom is a dog's inability use its legs. The disease may affect one leg at a time and then another. Other symptoms include fever, breathing issues and sensitivity to touch. Antibiotics treat Lyme disease in dogs.