I know some of you have pets that have

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kendal122
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   Posted 11/4/2008 1:47 PM (GMT -6)   
lyme what are there symptoms?

Dowa
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   Posted 11/4/2008 2:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I had a golden retriever that suffered for years with joint pain that the vet told me was arthritis because they are prone to having arthritis and cancer. So, for years I gave him glucosamine and it wasnt until they came out with a new test to test for heartworm and lyme together that he showed up positive. I figure he had Lyme for about 7-8 years and lived to be 13. He also had bleeding from his penis and they neutered him (this was before the lyme diagnosis) thinking that he had prostate problems. I gave him a couple of courses of antibiotic with some improvement but not much.  The poor guy had it for years and no one knew. He was the best friend a person could ever have...and now I have Lyme and I wish he was here to keep me company as I feel very alone and he could have at least made me smile...was an awesome dog.

kendal122
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   Posted 11/4/2008 3:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Dowa that is so sad. sorry! I love my girls.

Dowa
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   Posted 11/4/2008 4:00 PM (GMT -6)   
Are your girls showing symptoms Kenall? There is a much-improved lyme test now for dogs, like I said. Mine had tested negative for years until the new test came out, it combines Lyme, heartworm and parasites. I hope they are ok.  (:

kendal122
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   Posted 11/4/2008 4:03 PM (GMT -6)   
One of them is having back leg problems. I'm going to have her tested. Thanks,

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   Posted 11/4/2008 8:34 PM (GMT -6)   

Dowa, I am very sorry about your dog's suffereing.

Kendal, I hope your dog is okay.  Typically, vets are often more knowledgeable about these diseases than many doctors.

 

bcaring
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   Posted 11/5/2008 8:40 PM (GMT -6)   
I have wanted to ask about Lyme in pets for a long time because I have two Norwich Terriers - a brother and sister almost 3 years old. These guys have kept me going when I wanted to give up - wonderful friends, funny and so cute.

The girl tested positive for Lyme over a year ago. The vet said it wasn't high enough to treat. My question is - how can you test positive yet not be high enough to treat?

Any answers would be greatly appreciated.

Dowa
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   Posted 11/5/2008 11:15 PM (GMT -6)   
I think vets make the same mistakes as our doctors do. Positive is positive, get another vet for a 2nd opinion. My golden retriever was not treated in time to keep him from being chronically ill with Lyme and eventually dying of heart failure. Good luck-
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