Testing for Tick-borne Diseases: What Should I Do?

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With advances in technology, we are discovering new tick-borne disease (TBD) agents and have more tests available to us than ever. It is getting harder to know which patients to test, which tests to run, and what to do with the results. We will review some indications for testing sick dogs and discuss the benefits of screening healthy dogs for exposure to or infection with TBD agents.


  1. Understand which tests are available for common TBDs. 
  2. Understand how to interpret TBD testing results in sick dogs. 
  3. Understand what TBD screening in healthy pets is really telling you.