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For about a month, Mikko has been slightly dragging his left front paw on walks, just enough to wear down the middle two toenails more than his other paw, but not scraping his fur off or anything. He doesn't lick that paw and he has no other symptoms of an injury. His vet and chiropractor said he doesn't illicit any pain response. He runs, jumps, etc just fine. Twice he has landed on the foot while jumping and it gave out a little. But other than that, I watch him land on the foot with no pain response and he isn't favoring the other foot at all. They think that maybe he has a nerve injury, but I'd be surprised that he could maneuver the foot and keep weight on it the way he does if he couldn't feel it. Also, I don't think it's a joint problem (elbows) because it does not respond to Adequan or Rimadyl.

Back in December we were in PA and I assumed that there wouldn't be any ticks because there was snow on the ground. But, after a few hikes in the woods, we found a few engorged ticks on him.

I have an appointment with an ortho specialist on Wednesday, but something in my gut is thinking it may be a tick disease.
 

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I know the first thing they looked at when Grim has neuro issues was tick disease. They did not mess around with snap-4 but sent samples to UNC vector borne disease lab for a full blown tick panel.
 

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I know the first thing they looked at when Grim has neuro issues was tick disease. They did not mess around with snap-4 but sent samples to UNC vector borne disease lab for a full blown tick panel.

What was the outcome?
Do you think I should postpone the ortho visit and get a full tick panel?
 

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Anyone else?
 

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What was the outcome?
Do you think I should postpone the ortho visit and get a full tick panel?
The outcome was it was negative for tickborne diseases (ours was lower back). I would do the full workup rather than loose time waiting for various tests. The tick panel was about $150 I think...good to do regardless.
 

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I've seen dogs with such varying symptoms with tick diseases that they are now one of the first things I think of when any issues pop up. Sounds like a possibility to me.
Thanks, that is what made me think of it! I am definitely going to ask for the test.

The outcome was it was negative for tickborne diseases (ours was lower back). I would do the full workup rather than loose time waiting for various tests. The tick panel was about $150 I think...good to do regardless.
Good point. I'll keep the ortho appt and ask to get a panel while we're there. Thanks!

I'm hoping someone will chime in whose dog has had this symptom before...so many tests to try
 

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Yes, a tick disease can cause that. My dog was doing the same thing, but with a back foot. I went to see an ortho vet, who immediately diagnosed Degenerative Myelopathy. I was devastated. A month later he collapsed; he just fell over and couldn't walk. Long story short, he had Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and nearly died. Well, he sort-of recovered only to die a year later. But I was and still am so angry. If he had been properly diagnosed earlier when we saw the ortho vet, he probably would have recovered and not suffered severe paralysis.

Yes, test your dog for tick diseases. I test my dog yearly now whether she has symptoms or not.

Forgot to mention, he never had DM. That was one vet jumping to conclusions. I was so mad at that vet.
 

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Yes, a tick disease can cause that. My dog was doing the same thing, but with a back foot. I went to see an ortho vet, who immediately diagnosed Degenerative Myelopathy. I was devastated. A month later he collapsed; he just fell over and couldn't walk. Long story short, he had Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and nearly died. Well, he sort-of recovered only to die a year later. But I was and still am so angry. If he had been properly diagnosed earlier when we saw the ortho vet, he probably would have recovered and not suffered severe paralysis.

Yes, test your dog for tick diseases. I test my dog yearly now whether she has symptoms or not.

Forgot to mention, he never had DM. That was one vet jumping to conclusions. I was so mad at that vet.
Oh wow, I wish I read this before his appointment today! I'm so sorry for your loss.
The ortho specialist said that he thinks it's a shoulder muscle injury- as he did get him to exhibit a pain response and he walked him on a machine that shows how much weight he is putting on each leg, and he is putting slightly less weight on it than his other front foot. The diagnosis makes sense, as an agility dog, and his symptoms do match it (dragging could be him not wanting to extend the leg, pulling the muscle). He has also had four agility trials in the last six weeks.

We opted not to do the CT or ultrasound just yet. We're going to do strict rest, acupuncture, traumeel, for two weeks and go back if there isn't any improvement. At that point, I will definitely get a tick panel before any other tests!

Thanks for the info!
 

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We ended up doing the tick panel yesterday...just waiting for results.
 

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Test results

The tick disease test results came back today.

He has an elevated Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever titer-so he could have either been exposed to it or could possibly have it.

The vet thinks we should just go ahead with treatment. Waiting to hear back about doxy alternatives since it's in short supply right now.

ASJA- do you happen to remember what your dog's test numbers were?
 
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