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03-16-2014 08:57 PM
nktigger99
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Update on Sasha:
Friday morning she was still exhibiting back leg related lameness and I called the vet. While waiting for a couple hours for a return call Sasha's behavior improved significantly and when the vet called she was acting almost normal. Today has been even better and I would assume she isn't in any discomfort by her movement and behavior.

A follow up on the ticks. She had Ehrlichia in December and was treated with Doxycycline for 30 days. Her symptoms at the time was loss of appetite and general fatigue. Once medicated she improved quickly. She still tested positive for Ehrlichia however the vet believes the antibodies are still in her system.

Thanks for your collective brain power I'll keep the post updated with any news or continued problems or tests.

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I had a rescue golden, got him at age 10 or 11....he had chronic Ehrlichia.....it would cause him problems every few months....so on to doxy he would go for 30 days....he always tested weakly for it....but we only treated when needed. He had bad cataracts due to having it for years as a stray. He lived until 16ish when he got cancer and we had to let him go.

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03-16-2014 08:26 AM
JakodaCD OA I agree with Lisa, and unfortunately alot of vets aren't 'that' concerned when it comes to tick diseases, Personally, even tho she's feeling better (could be the meds) I'd still do another tick panel.

While doxy is expensive right now, I'd go with another round of doxy, negative or not.
You can get false negatives especially with 'in house' testing
03-16-2014 03:25 AM
LisaT
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A follow up on the ticks. She had Ehrlichia in December and was treated with Doxycycline for 30 days. Her symptoms at the time was loss of appetite and general fatigue. Once medicated she improved quickly. She still tested positive for Ehrlichia however the vet believes the antibodies are still in her system.
Jakoda can help you follow up on this, but please follow-up. I would recommend testing at Protatek, and do have a complete blood panel run to check blood counts, liver values, etc.

GSDs are known for developing a chronic form of Ehrlichia, do not trust the SNAP or Accuplex to monitor this.
03-16-2014 03:22 AM
Scrant Update on Sasha:
Friday morning she was still exhibiting back leg related lameness and I called the vet. While waiting for a couple hours for a return call Sasha's behavior improved significantly and when the vet called she was acting almost normal. Today has been even better and I would assume she isn't in any discomfort by her movement and behavior.

A follow up on the ticks. She had Ehrlichia in December and was treated with Doxycycline for 30 days. Her symptoms at the time was loss of appetite and general fatigue. Once medicated she improved quickly. She still tested positive for Ehrlichia however the vet believes the antibodies are still in her system.

Thanks for your collective brain power I'll keep the post updated with any news or continued problems or tests.

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03-15-2014 03:59 PM
selzer A slipped or bulging disk could cause these signs.

Probably other stuff too, though.
03-15-2014 03:33 PM
JakodaCD OA what tick testing did the vet do? I would want a complete tick panel done and sent out, not in house..
03-15-2014 03:23 PM
Momto2GSDs Have you considered Chiropractics and Acupuncture to help her?
If you are interested in trying this I can give you a list of registered Chiro/Acupuncture vets in your state. It may be very helpful for her situation.

My dogs are now 5 & 7 years old and have received Chiropractic treatment every 4 to 8 weeks since we got them at 8 weeks old to keep them in shape! They receive Acupuncture when needed if an issue arises.

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03-14-2014 11:24 AM
Soundguy I certainly don't want to scare you about disc problems, it's just something I would want to rule out. Her symptoms could be from a number of different things. I guess I would monitor on a day to day basis as long as she doesn't seem physically worse. Anti-inflammatory drugs can cause stomach upset and reduced appetite. Hopefully it's just a strain. I think you can rule out DM at her age. Keep us posted.
03-14-2014 10:51 AM
K9POPPY DM usually occurs in older dogs, and the symptoms show up very slowly, with no pain involved. Hoping you can find out quickly what is wrong, best wishes, Bob
03-14-2014 10:43 AM
Scrant She had her latest round of shots about a month ago. I have researched DM and from what I read doesn't surface this early. She is not exhibiting any signs that this is painful in your experience with disc issues is it painful for the dog to move or are they just lame?
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