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Well, My poor Olina is suffering still. The good news is that she does not have Masticular Myositis, but the bad news is that she now has a horrific eye infection. I am thinking that this may still be her immune system under attack from her Lyme Disease.

Her "third eye lid" is covering 1/2 of her eyeball, the inside corner of her eye is very swollen and her eye is oozing blood and watery puss. It developed over the weekend. My vet was nice enough to see her on Sunday. She is now on 2 antibiotics (doxy and cipro), plus a steriodal eye ointment and Rimadyl.

She had a 103.6 deg temp on Sunday and she is very lethargic and depressed.

Does anyone have any advice on this condition? Do you think it could be from the Lyme Disease?
 

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You may want to take her to an eye specialist. Sometimes regular vets don't have enough experience with eye conditions to know exactly how to best treat them or how aggressive to be.
 

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lethargic, temperature and depressed? Back to to doc she goes.

We are lucky in that we have a pet opthomology office here in Vegas and also a referrall clinic for orthopedic, internal and cancer.
 

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Do you think it could be from the Lyme Disease?
Yes, or a weird co-infection. My Max has all sorts of eye problems that are mostly better when on doxy. He does however have pannus, very common in GSDs. If the eye is infected, the steroids in the eye will make it worse. Hopefully you are using an ointment that is a mix of antibiotic and steroid, which is what I use for Max.

I don't remember, was she on steroids before the antibiotics? What is the dosage of doxycycline being used?
 

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no info sorry but i wish for a speedy recovery!
 

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Wherever you go, do not let them sew the eye shut. My friend was out of the country and her son was taking care of the dogs. One of the dogs got an eye infection and he took it to the vet, and the vet sewed it shut! The eye ended up having to be removed.

Good luck. Hope she recovers fast.

I have no experience with lyme's disease. I have had a few eye infections and I usually just have to put drops in for a couple of days.
 

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Well, I finally found a vet here in Richmond who knows what he is talking about. Mind you, this is the 7th vet I've been to in 2 years.

Olina has a foreign object lodged up in the back of her mouth. It has been there for 2 months!!! If you recall, I took her into see a previous vet for her initial jaw pain. He put her under and performed a full oral exam, took full head X-rays and found nothing. Then we sent a blood test to check for Masticular Myositis, Negative. Then we assumed it was due to her Lyme Disease. Nope.

I don't want to dwell on the past, so I won't. I am just so relieved that I found this new vet, Dr. Z. He is going to consult with an expert in Ohio this afternoon and will most likely perform surgery tomorrow. He is very cautious and wants to try to pinpoint the object before just diving in with the scapal.

Say a prayer for my little Olina-BoBina. By the way, he told me what a trooper she was. He said that she must be in extreme pain and still gave out kisses while being examined. That's my Bobean. Bless her heart.
 

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Sending lots of good positive thoughts her way :hugs: And YAH for the new vet!
 

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Update:
You all will never believe this. My new vet (whom I am VERY impressed with) put Olina under yesterday. Upon opening the abcess in her mouth so that it could drain, he discovered 3 more lesions and another lesion in her eyelid. You know what that means - Bacterial Infection!!! He immediately checked her lungs to make sure it has not spread to her lungs. But this infection is something serious and unusual. He took a culture and photos and sent them to the experts at Ohio State Univ. asking for a response ASAP since Olina is still very critical.

Olina has been at the vet's office since Tuesday while we anxiously await the diagnosis. Whatever weird bacteria is attacking her little system will probably need some heavy duty anti-biotics. The doctor believes that she may have contracted this bacteria while she was gnawing on that old skull when we were on vacation 2 months ago and a bone chip may have lodged back in her mouth. That is when she started displaying that strange head contortion.

The bacteria he feels that it may be has a 5-10 week incubation period. Which is about the same time frame as the bone gnawing business. By the way, I did not know she had that bone and I immediately grabbed it from her. She was not chewing on it for more than a minute but obvioulsy, that is long eneough for something bad to happen!

This test result may also reveal that she never had Lyme Disease at all. Her positive lyme test may be the result of the initial attack of this weird bacteria. My vet does not feel that this disease is contagious (I have my other dog, London, and I have been watching him closely) but he wants to keep her until he knows for certain what is going on.

I will keep you all posted. This new vet is brilliant. I wish they were all this smart.
 

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It is highly unlikely that another bacterial infection would register a positive lyme result, unless it was a spirochete infection, and then the same antibiotics should work. For exaomple, lepto can show as lyme under certain circumstances, but both are spirochetes. So, it's possible, but I don't know how likely.

This is pretty fascinating - sure hope they can get those cultures done asap and get her on the right abx. You're right, this vet sounds great.
 
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