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   Posted 2/7/2009 3:53 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm always amazed at how ignorant the medical community in general is about Lyme. Since time can be of the essence, I can't understand why docs don't take the approach vets do with dogs. Take a look at the blood and if there are spirochetes, get the patient on antibiotics. If there's even a hint that there might be Lyme, get the patient on antibiotics. Sort things out later. What harm is done if the abx weren't needed versus hesitating and letting Lyme take hold?

The vets really have a positive aqpproach that we humans could benefit from. Take a look:

I'm thinking about getting an appointment with our vet smilewinkgrin

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   Posted 2/7/2009 5:46 PM (GMT -6)   
When my dog had a bacterial infection (giardhia), she was given 400mg a day of Flagyl for a few weeks. I was thinking wow, that's less than most doctors will prescribe when they learn that a human has lyme! It is kinda crazy. I've had numerous conversations with my dogs' vet about lyme in humans.
Lyme and co-infections since approximately 2002. Diagnosed in 2005. Treated for two years solid. Diagnosed with Lymphomatoid Papulosis in October 2007. Currently back on abx.

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   Posted 2/7/2009 8:10 PM (GMT -6)   
In the Southwest, there is a big problem with Valley Fever. It can be disabling or fatal to both people and dogs. The docs researching it in humans can't get any funding. The vets get funding and generous donations from people and organizations.

Any fund raising or publicity focuses on dogs because that gets money and attention.
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