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05-29-2014 10:21 AM
kiya The erlichia must have been in his system for a while. I've been dealing with tick born illness for a long time and regular testing once even twice a year I've really not seen any symptoms at all for erlichia.
Lakota, my 4-1/2 yr old just tested positive Saturday for Lyme & erlichia. I almost fell on the floor when I went to pick up the doxy at walmart $120. I took enough to get me thru the weekend and got the rest of the pills from my vet for $30.
If your dog is giving you a hard time with the pills try liverworst.
05-28-2014 09:27 PM
Ashley_M Wonder how this boy is doing?
05-09-2014 04:38 PM
Otis 3
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Originally Posted by Ashley_M View Post
I'm very sorry your family and your pup are having to undergo this. I had a 5 year old German Shepherd who was diagnosed with ehrlichiosis and although she was treated (with a much higher dose of doxy than your pup was getting initially) she developed autoimmune hemolytic anemia. She was treated with immunosuppressive medications, given blood transfusions, and when all was said and done was at a specialty hospital for about two weeks. She failed to respond to treatment and I elected to have her euthanized when I was told that her prognosis was poor. I hope your boy starts feeling better soon.
I am sorry for your dog.
I will fight it with my baby and hope there will be some result from the steroids.
05-09-2014 04:36 PM
Otis 3
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Where are you located? Often vets will prescribe prednisone the first week or so along with the doxy to help with the body's auto-immune response which can exacerbate the disease. I had a dog with e.canis, he was very sick. My dog responded quickly to the doxy, but it was at a higher dose 2X a day and couple with the pred. Depending on where you live, e.canis can have different, more virulent strains. Many military GSDs in Vietnam got a severe case of e.canis and either died or were very ill. So far, the strains in the U.S. aren't quite so virulent.

For getting pills into him, been there. Look into or improvise a pill shooter. Pet Pill Gun. You do not want to get bitten. You may need to get someone to help hold the dog for you to get this done. Be very matter-of-fact about it. The dog probably isn't hungry enough to make disguising the pills in tasty meat a viable option. He needs to take his pills, and he won't like it. Get it done and move on. It's tough to force a sick dog to take his pills, but necessary.

Sounds like a blood transfusion could also be in order. Any options of a specialist or vet school you could take him to?
Hi ,

I live in Cyprus.
Actually we have a lot of vets here but noone specializes in something particular. They are all good to make the vaccinations and give you pills for the worms but from there on if the dog is lucky ....
This is the reason I already lost 10 days giving my dog only doxy and nothing else. And because I already made some calls abroad and other vets told me that in severe cases the dog must take steroids together with the doxy , today I convinced my vet here that we should try it. I hope it is not too late as my baby is not feeling good for sure. I also suggested blood transfusion but the vet said that this is not an option as the white blood cells are almost 0.
As for taking the pills , I made it for tonight but tomorrow morning there will be another struggle. It seems he was hungry tonight and I put the pills in small holes i made to the meat pieces and he ate it.
05-09-2014 04:11 PM
Muskeg Where are you located? Often vets will prescribe prednisone the first week or so along with the doxy to help with the body's auto-immune response which can exacerbate the disease. I had a dog with e.canis, he was very sick. My dog responded quickly to the doxy, but it was at a higher dose 2X a day and couple with the pred. Depending on where you live, e.canis can have different, more virulent strains. Many military GSDs in Vietnam got a severe case of e.canis and either died or were very ill. So far, the strains in the U.S. aren't quite so virulent.

For getting pills into him, been there. Look into or improvise a pill shooter. Pet Pill Gun. You do not want to get bitten. You may need to get someone to help hold the dog for you to get this done. Be very matter-of-fact about it. The dog probably isn't hungry enough to make disguising the pills in tasty meat a viable option. He needs to take his pills, and he won't like it. Get it done and move on. It's tough to force a sick dog to take his pills, but necessary.

Sounds like a blood transfusion could also be in order. Any options of a specialist or vet school you could take him to?
05-09-2014 04:00 PM
Ashley_M I'm very sorry your family and your pup are having to undergo this. I had a 5 year old German Shepherd who was diagnosed with ehrlichiosis and although she was treated (with a much higher dose of doxy than your pup was getting initially) she developed autoimmune hemolytic anemia. She was treated with immunosuppressive medications, given blood transfusions, and when all was said and done was at a specialty hospital for about two weeks. She failed to respond to treatment and I elected to have her euthanized when I was told that her prognosis was poor. I hope your boy starts feeling better soon.
05-09-2014 01:51 PM
Otis 3
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Originally Posted by Baillif View Post
You could just pill him. Open the mouth drop it to the back of the throat and keep his head pointed upward and hold his mouth shut till he swallows.
Thanks for the advise , but this is not a choice as he is aggressive and bit me yesterday when I was trying to do this.
His aggression is not something new. He does not like anyone to touch him a lot and especially his mouth and now when he is sick the situation is even worse. He just wants to be left alone now. Tonight I will try to put the pills inside a boiled egg yolk as this method was not used yet and he likes egg yolk.
05-09-2014 01:24 PM
Baillif You could just pill him. Open the mouth drop it to the back of the throat and keep his head pointed upward and hold his mouth shut till he swallows.
05-09-2014 01:20 PM
Otis 3 From Today we are on 300mg doxy per day ( 2x 150mg ) and 16mg Medrol per day ( 1 time per day ) . He is also taking Cefalexin 500 2 times per day for the swollen legs. By the way the swollen legs are much better now and the right one is almost back to normal now. By tomorrow the other leg that was much more swollen should be ok as well. As for the ehrlichia treatment there is no improvement but the vet told me that we should see results after day or two. The good think is that he is eating at least some meat but I find it very difficult to give him the pills. The first 5 -6 days it was easy as I was putting the pills inside the meat and also in peanut butter , but he discovered it and now he is checking everything twice before eating it. I have to improvise for new methods because he has to take his pills at any cost.
05-07-2014 07:28 PM
gsdsar
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Originally Posted by JakodaCD OA View Post
I would up the doxy dosage, 200 mg per day is wasting meds that won't do anything.

I had my 75# dog on 400 mg TWICE a day..

Are there any specialist/board certified surgeons/facilities in your area?

You may be getting the same results, but I don't think the protocal they are prescribing is helping..

I haven't heard of the injections, but anything is worth a try

I agree. That dosage is not right for E. Canis. I would double it and then split it between two doses.

The swelling if the legs could be edema, not infection which could be because of the anemia and lower white cell count.

I don't know what country you are in, but I would have my dog hospitalized.

My male had ehrlichia. He was on a much higher dose of Doxy.

Good luck. I hope he feels better.


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