LYME 101 Back to Basics By Deb Posted 4/3/2019
Most people get Lyme from the bite of the nymphal, or immature, form of the tick. Nymphs are about the size of a poppy seed. Because they are so tiny and their bite is painless, many people do not even realize they have been bitten. My dog Mia is at less risk than I am in getting bitten as she is on a preventive medicine.
Lyme disease is caused by a spirochete -- a corkscrew-shaped bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi. Lyme is called The Great Imitator because its symptoms mimic many other diseases. It can affect any organ of the body, including the brain and nervous system, muscles and joints, and the heart.