How do they test dogs for Lyme, anone know??

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   Posted 12/10/2008 5:27 PM (GMT -6)   
This question just came to me after reading about another person whose dog has Lyme. The vet NEVER seems to question the test for a dog, you never hear a vet say, it was IND or not sure. Does anyone know what test they use on dogs?? Just curious as they never seem to question the results like the ones they use on us humans. Ever wonder about that?  D

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   Posted 12/10/2008 6:14 PM (GMT -6)   
I know my vet tests for LD. It cost between 150.00 and 200.00. I read a few articles on the internet and it appears that animals are kind of in the same boat as us. Even though vets believe in and treat LD in dogs, the treatment (abxs) may or may not work depending on severity/length of illness. I did find a few reference to this new test kits for animals:

Recently, an EIA test kit became commercially available for in-office diagnosis of Lyme borreliosis in dogs.a This assay uses a synthetic peptide, C6, as the antigen; this peptide is based on the sixth invariable region (IR6) in the VlsE Osp of B burgdorferi.117 The IR6 is greatly conserved among B burgdorferi strains and highly immunogenic in dogs.24 Although this assay shows promise,118,119 field studies that have validated its performance in large numbers of clinically well-characterized dogs have yet to be reported
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   Posted 12/12/2008 5:19 PM (GMT -6)   
Lyme in animals seems to be a lot differen than that in humans. My dog became very ill 2 years ago and was shaking and looked like he was not going to make it. Rushed him to a er vet. They said they weren't sure and he might not make it through the night. I just happened to say test him for lyme as he had had a tick on him prior to this and knowing I had lyme and the area I live in knew it was very possible. Well, 2 days in the hospital and $1400 later he had lyme. A simple lyme test that probably cost nothing is all he needed, but we didn't know that going in. Anyway, 30 days of doxy is what he got and he is fine.

I wish the same could be said for humans, but we are very different and if they could just get the right medication and better testing we would all be in a better world.

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   Posted 12/12/2008 6:20 PM (GMT -6)   
Interesting, I didnt know the Lyme they have and the Lyme we have is different. My Golden Retriever had the shaking symptom also. He had Chronic Lyme because after abx, two years later he was still positive. Poor guy lived with it for 7 years but. he never complained.  (:  D
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