Once diagnosed, Lyme disease can be treated. Physicians can determine if an individual has been infected by the Lymedisease organism using a simple blood test; however, some people test negative but have the disease. The CDC warns against unproven tests and it is advised to check for proper testing procedures.
Infection can be treated by taking certain antibiotics. However, no immunity is conferred from infection so a person could get Lymedisease again from another infected tick.
Pets and other animals can contract Lymedisease as well, exhibiting symptoms similar to those in humans. Veterinarians can test for Lyme disease in pets and domestic animals exhibiting suspicious signs of arthritis (in younger animals), heart problems, or neurological signs.