Dog tested somewhat positive for Lyme

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jasrich
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   Posted 1/21/2009 2:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry if this is OT, but I had my dog tested for Lyme b/c she would have been exposed the same time as we were, and she has been experiencing increasing difficulties with her joints.  The "snap test" came back negative, but the more sensitive test came back very similar to my Igenex test with some antibodies indicating exposure. I did the test to have additional data to back-up my DX and that of my sister but also to try to determine whether I should treat her. The vet offered 21 days of doxy BID which sounds like what they would give one of us if we came in with a recent tick bite.  Do dogs respond better to ABX TX or will I be undertreating her and putting her through possible herx reactions for no reason.  Again, sorry if this is OT but I've seen several people post on here about how their dogs died of Lyme so I was wondering.

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jasrich
11/26/08 Igenex positive
Current Rxs 12/17/08: Levoxyl 100mcg, SRT3 5mcg BID, Klonopin .5mg, Seroquel 12.5mg, Ibruprofen PRN (daily), Acidopholus/Bifidus, digestive enzymes, vits B-50, B5 500mg, B-12 1cc 2x/week, Lithium 5mg, fish oil 1500mg/day


Dowa
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   Posted 1/21/2009 3:42 PM (GMT -7)   
If I recall my golden retreiver had 3 weeks of antibiotics. Two years later he tested positive again and on and off for seven years. Finally died of heart failure but he was going to be 13 so he did pretty well considering. If I had it to do over, I would have kept him on the abx as we lived in a very wooded area in tick vill.   D

jasrich
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   Posted 1/21/2009 5:36 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Dowa.  My dog is already 13 and doing OK but having more and more problems with her joints but she has a bad knee anyway and she's just getting old. I don't want to put her through any needless discomfort but dogs are a lot tougher than people so maybe it won't hurt her at all.  Just wondering.
 
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jasrich
11/26/08 Igenex positive
Current Rxs 12/17/08: Levoxyl 100mcg, SRT3 5mcg BID, Klonopin .5mg, Seroquel 12.5mg, Ibruprofen PRN (daily), Acidopholus/Bifidus, digestive enzymes, vits B-50, B5 500mg, B-12 1cc 2x/week, Lithium 5mg, fish oil 1500mg/day


rk8950
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   Posted 1/21/2009 9:37 PM (GMT -7)   
Its funny you should bring up testing your dogs.  3 years ago one of my dogs had a strange problem going on.  She was miserable, could not stand could not sit and alot of panting.  If you toched her she would go crazy like she was in alot of pain.  She also started loosing her fur on her side of her rib cage about the size of your fist(still has not grown back).  We loaded her up in the car and took her to the vet.  This was on a saturday and after examination and x rays he said that it could possibly be lyme disease(first time I ever heard about lyme).  Since it was a saturday no blood was took and did not want to wait on results so I told them to give the medication to treat it and would and would see how it goes.  They prescibed doxycyline.  After a couple days she really improved and finished the months worth of pills.  The fur has never grown back but other than being fat and lazy she fine now.
about 6months later her puppy that I kept from her litter came down with the exact same thing I mean exactly.  He could not move,panting, little hair loss on neck,if you toched him he would go crazy.  Well this is were it gets wierd for me.  Like I said he was miserable and I went to pick him up to take outside to use restroom(wouldnt walk) and he BIT a hole all the way through my hand. I still have the scars.  We gave the same dosage of doxy with the same results.  Within 2 weeks he was bouncing off the walls and still is.  Then about 6 months later alot of my problems started.  Niether were tested so I dont know if they really had it or not.  I have never had a positive test through labcorp but the drs. belive I have it.  I am still trying to figure out how I could have bartonella for 10+yrs and not know it.  Oh well this my dog story with lyme.

bablymers
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   Posted 1/26/2009 3:55 PM (GMT -7)   
I have read that dogs do well with a natural product called ledum. There is a "natural vet" online that uses it. Can't remember the website. Just "google it". I think it's a good idea to treat the dog. Best wishes. bablymers mom

bablymers
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   Posted 1/26/2009 4:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Check out this article/website. It may be useful to dog owners.

http://cassia.org/ledum.htm
 
Then google the vet that wrote the article to find his website.  Don't know if he prescribes "over the phone".

Martha's Vineyard
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   Posted 1/27/2009 12:54 PM (GMT -7)   
hey,
there are a bunch of post on dogs on here...go back a ways like to noc and dec. my dog toto got it too. but the post have so much info on them.
most likely they will give you dog doxy for 30-60 days. and a bigger dosge than you will get.
I can't rememebr how much they gave him....it may be in the post.
I miss my toto so much...can't really go there rigth now...:(
2004 in Martha's Vineyard me and my two daughters then 11 mos and 6 all got Lyme Disease. This was only known to us because we found the tiny ticks on us and we got very ill. My dog also got lyme and he went lame.
We have fought it for 4 years to no avail.
We all got it again this summer is Texas.
I am now in treatment in Scottsdale Arizona at Envita.

"The eyes cannot see for for what the mind does not know."

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