RoughCollie Posted August 5, 2012 Share Posted August 5, 2012 My dog has Lyme disease. I am posting this because you could have knocked me over with a feather, I was so surprised that this was the dx. Aidan is an 18 mo old terrier, in great health, always bouncing around, active and very playful. He frequently moves from place to place by jumping from one piece of furniture to another. He loves doing somersaults -- we stop him b/c we are afraid he will injure his neck. He eats well, and has never lost his appetite. He is well-groomed, and I check him every day for ticks and he has never had one on him that I have seen. We apply Frontline Plus and give him Heartgard Plus every month. He is vaccinated against Lyme disease and kennel cough, plus all the regular vaccines dogs usually receive. Thursday morning he was fine. I left to run errands and when I got home at 2 pm, he was limping and didn't walk unless he felt he had to. I examined his left front leg and foot, and nothing was wrong. I called the vet and he said to keep him quiet and to bring him in on Monday unless he gets worse. Funny thing is that I was going to take him to the vet on Monday anyway to get another Lyme disease vaccination. I thought he had a hairline fracture. One of the kids slept on the couch and Aidan (the dog) stayed downstairs instead of coming upstairs with me like he usually does. He weighs 50 lbs, so carrying him around was not an option. At 5 a.m., he crawled upstairs, and ended up in front of my DD's bedroom, unable to walk and obviously in a lot of pain. We figured out how to get him downstairs (he was not cooperative b/c he was in pain and I cannot carry a 50 lb. dog) and took him to the emergency vet. The vet took one look at him and said he has Lyme disease. Of course he was tested -- one of those tests cost $95 and the results aren't back from the lab yet. The other test showed positive for Lyme disease. So he is on a painkiller usually given to dogs with arthritis, and antibiotics, both once a day. 12 hours after he was first given the meds, he reverted to his usual self. A couple of our neighbors have dogs, so I called them about this, and found out that *all* of their dogs have Lyme disease too. So far, this has cost $400, and he goes back on the 18th to be tested again to make sure the antibiotics are working. The emergency visit part of the bill only increased it by $40, btw. Upshot is that if your dog suddenly turns up lame and there is no obvious cause for it, get him checked for Lyme disease. Yes, even if you've never seen a tick on him, and have always made sure he is properly medicated and vaccinated against this disease, and give him the very best care possible. Aidan also had hookworms, btw, even though Hartgard Plus is supposed to treat and control roundworms and hookworms. Seven months ago, while he was also on HP, he had roundworms. So it doesn't hurt to have your dog checked for these because obviously HP doesn't treat and control these worms 100% of the time for 100% of dogs. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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