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Old 02-20-2014, 09:52 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Need Lyme's Disease Info Please!!!!!!!!!!!!

Has your dog had Lyme's Disease?

What did you use to treat your dog?

Did it ever go away?

Any and all info is welcome and appreciated!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 02-20-2014, 10:46 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Echo has consistently tested false-positive (urine protein tests were negative, no symptoms)... the heartworm/lyme tests are notoriously unreliable.

The doberman I had as a teenager did have Lyme in early stages (mostly fatigue and joint pain/stiffness as symptoms), she was treated with doxy for a month and recovered completely. She got it again later in life (or it came back? Not sure how it works) and that caused some lasting joint stiffness, but she was 15 at the time and lived to be 19.5 years old.

I think, if it is a true positive, catching it early is key to it being an easy thing to treat. There can be wicked complications if it goes untreated for an extended period of time.
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Old 02-20-2014, 10:48 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Lyme Disease Symptoms | Dog Lyme Disease Symptoms | Lyme Disease Dogs | Lymes Disease Symptoms | petMD


This is a good read,
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Old 02-20-2014, 10:51 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Ralphie had Lyme when I adopted him. They gave a round of doxycycline. He has never showed any symptoms to date, but my vet did say that he would still show as a faint positive on the test for it for a year or two. As long as he doesn't show any neurological symptoms (particularly lameness and swollen joints) he'll be fine and I haven't taken him to the vet for anything Lyme-related since last year when I brought him home.

This has some good info:
http://bakerinstitute.vet.cornell.ed...ge.php?id=1101
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Relax, baby girl. Sin is going to be just fine. I don't have experience with Lyme disease it dogs, but we did bring in a rescue pony with Lyme. She was already very lame and painful. With antibiotic treatments, she is no longer lame and is being ridden again.
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Old 02-20-2014, 12:33 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Because we will be traveling to the mountains camping/hiking with our dog, our vet recommended the Lyme vaccine which we started just last week (there are 3 in the series). Ours is a pup now so I hope by the time summer camping is here, his immunity will be built. I wonder if u can do the vaccine now?
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Because we will be traveling to the mountains camping/hiking with our dog, our vet recommended the Lyme vaccine which we started just last week (there are 3 in the series). Ours is a pup now so I hope by the time summer camping is here, his immunity will be built. I wonder if u can do the vaccine now?
My vet said that once there is a positive for Lyme the vaccine won't necessarily prevent them from being infected again. Not sure how accurate that is.
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Old 02-20-2014, 07:13 PM   #8 (permalink)
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mine are chronically positive for anaplasmosis (tick disease)..Even tho I live in Lyme, my dogs have never been positive for Lyme.

Doxy is the drug of choice..Once your dog becomes infected, frankly it's fruitless to get a Lyme Vac, because the "bug" will always be in the dogs system..They may have boughts of it off and on , they may never suffer from it again..Tick disease is a mystery, with no real 'cure'...

You can have a positive and not be clinical, my dogs being positive all the time for anaplasmosis, are not clinical.
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Old 02-24-2014, 08:37 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Thank you everyone for the information!

Sinister has Lyme's.

He's on Doxycycline for 3 weeks and he is now getting joint supplement pills and multi-vitamin/immune supplement pills.
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So far (knock wood) Lakota is the only one that never tested positive for Lyme's. Kiya did years ago but now only Erlichia usually comes up. A good doxy treatment usually does the trick. She had unexplained lameness in front legs and sure enough it was Lyme's again I think she tested positive twice.
I tested positive for Lyme's in 2003 and didn't know it until I was so tired and barely got off the couch. I'm fine and I'm sure Sinister will be too.
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