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Today 07:50 PM
readaboutdogs Wow! Prayers to you and Loki.
Today 06:51 PM
LisaT One question to ask, is how useful that test will be in monitoring response, and how quickly the antibodies change wrt to infection. In some infections, titers will go down very slowly, so you may be making progress, but it won't be reflected in the bloodwork for months and months. Robert Glass will have all of this info, but one step at a time - gotta get that vaccine into him!
Today 06:42 PM
woogyboogy
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Just a technical clarification....

IF the test is a titer test (which I believe it is), it measures the response of the immune system to the infection, which is a measurement of antibodies being sent to the site of the infection (and does not measure actual level of infection). This does not necessarily mean that the infection is in the blood, just that the messengers and responders of the immune system are. However, the way it spreads is probably via the blood, but the test is not measuring this.

If your dog had a largely defective immune system and a big infection, they could register low titers which makes them appear not infected. This can happen in long term tick infections, and luckily it looks like Loki's immune system is responding by creating antibodies, it just needs more help.....
That's a good point that I did not even think to register. Definitely good info there!
Today 06:40 PM
LisaT
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Originally Posted by woogyboogy View Post
.... I figured if he has Pythiosis in his blood that's all we really need to know.
Just a technical clarification....

IF the test is a titer test (which I believe it is), it measures the response of the immune system to the infection, which is a measurement of antibodies being sent to the site of the infection (and does not measure actual level of infection). This does not necessarily mean that the infection is in the blood, just that the messengers and responders of the immune system are. However, the way it spreads is probably via the blood, but the test is not measuring this.

If your dog had a largely defective immune system and a big infection, they could register low titers which makes them appear not infected. This can happen in long term tick infections, and luckily it looks like Loki's immune system is responding by creating antibodies, it just needs more help.....
Today 06:12 PM
woogyboogy
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Originally Posted by GSDLoverII View Post
Yes, me too...pulling for him! Prayers
Thank you!
Today 06:11 PM
woogyboogy
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Originally Posted by osito23 View Post
Still thinking of you and Loki. He's a beautiful dog that has a bunch of people pulling for him. Keep us updated.
Thank you so much for the support!
Today 06:10 PM
woogyboogy
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Then I guess it's probably irrelevant.
Yeah I would imagine so, I figured if he has Pythiosis in his blood that's all we really need to know.
Today 06:09 PM
woogyboogy
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Originally Posted by LisaT View Post
The incision is looking great - maybe that's the vetricyn helping too

So glad that you are able to move forward with this, that must be a huge relief on some level. Will keep good thoughts for the u/s and hope the mail service isn't late!
Yeah, we are shocked with how good the incision looks, and with how fast the hair is coming back. Could definitely be from the Vetericyn.
Today 06:07 PM
woogyboogy
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Positive thoughts being sent your way! This is tough news, but at least you know what it is and you can move forward on an action plan. Limbo is the toughest spot for a caregiver to be and now you can move on.

Also the incision and hair growth looks really good, much faster than we experienced with our dog.
Yeah definitely hard news, but we are thankful we finally have a diagnosis.
Today 04:24 PM
GSDLoverII
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Still thinking of you and Loki. He's a beautiful dog that has a bunch of people pulling for him. Keep us updated.

Yes, me too...pulling for him! Prayers
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