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    January 25th, 2013Adminlyme disease rash

    My dog developed a strange reddened and inflamed bulls eye like blood filled blister on her side back in Feb.(I live in western mass) The vet suspected a spider bite.she was put on antibiotics: keflex for 10 days which didn’t work, but she did respond to cipro and the bulls eye blister resolved. My dog is a 9.5 yo lab/golden mix.I have now noticed in the past 3 months that she seems to be having arthritis like symptoms with increased stiffness plus difficulty climing stairs. Last fall she was running up them. I am beginning to put 2 and 2 together and suspect lyme disease from her mystery sore. I plan on having her tested soon. My ? is do infected tick bites look the same in dogs as in humans. I can’t find any info or photos other than human side effects to skin from infected tick bits. If anyone has any info to share I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you

    Deer tick bites will leave a bull’s eye rash on a dog, just like it does on a human, but most people never see this rash on dogs because of the many layers of hair that a dog has. It’s unfortunate that your vet completely overlooked the possibility of a tick bite, however you need to take your dog back to the vet and have blood work done. Demand a Lyme disease test, no matter what your vet says.I couldn’t find any pictures on line either, however I do know that Lyme disease, if left untreated can affect vital organs. If you dog is starting to show signs of lameness, there is still hope, however if you don’t act he will deteriorate. Good luck to you and your dog.

    Mabey she is starting a tumor on the outside. This is a, or these r really strange smtompys. Out of all my years with dogs, i’ve never quite heard of something like this. She might be having arthritis. I had one tick, on me and it gave me rockey mountain fever. My dad’s dog, a Labrador had some of those smtompys. Red eyes, and got blisters on her paws. We really don’t know what happend She was old, and mabye she had ate something. Have u been changing her diet latley? This is really strange. My symtoms with rocky moutain fever were dizznies, fever, and i was very weak. I hope she feels better. good luck

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    January 11th, 2013Adminlyme disease in dogs

    My dog got lyme disease when we were up in the delaware water gap. We brought her to the vet and they gave us antibiotics. It has been about a week, and every other day ahe can barely walk. I can’t bring her on hikes anymore, and I’m really worried. She is taking the medicine for another 5 weeks. Do I just need to wate it out. She is an 8 year old labrador.

    Friends credit the Tick-L group list for saving the life of there Lyme stricken dog (their vet was too conservative with the antibiotics) – at her worst she could not STAND – she’s now 13 and participated in the sr vets fun run at the whippet national last month.If there is no improvement after this past week I think checking with them would not be a bad idea- Sprite showed improvement in DAYS once she got on the right dose….I think this is it: TICK-L@APPLE.EASE.LSOFT.COM

    She should get better soon if u keep her on medication

    but if she doesnt take her back to tha vet

    but dont worry she will get better

    Lyme diesease affects the joints and causes swelling and pain just like arthritis and there will be good days and bad. the meds should help but she might always have the illness since it is hard to get rid of. keep her away from stairs and jumping and apply warm wet towels on her joints for a good 10 minutes to soothe them then gently do little circle massages all over her hips and back and joints to get the fluids flowing.do this every day and just take her for short walks when she is up to it.when the meds are done u can give her asperin in the am and pm to help any inflamation in the joints and give the asa when needed which is usuerally 1 per 40 lbs of weight but i would only use 2 a day since it can cause stomach problems, then just 1 when she is having pain. hopefully after the meds are fininished she will improve and with these methods she might start feeling better. feed her cooked hamb or lean chichen with veggis and a scrambled egg for protien every 3 or 4 days and u can also give her vitamin b complex daily along with oyster pills to build up her immune system.i hope she improves and try this before u make any other decisions and give the meds and treatments time to work. good luck

    If you catch it soon enough she will be fine otherwise she could be left with lasting bone problems or possibly a premature death

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    January 4th, 2013Adminsymptoms of lyme disease

    My wife and I are in the process of finding and adopting a labrador retriever from a lab rescue agency. We’re currently considering adopting a great 2-year-old dog named Bowie, but one thing his foster family told me is that he did test positive for exposure to both lyme disease and ehrlichiosis (two tick-borne diseases). I’m wondering if anyone has any experience with this. I have read a lot on the web about this and still am not sure whether the dog is going to have health problems his whole life regardless of treatment, or if the treatment can actually effectively return the dog completely to normal. We are going to be first-time dog owners, so a dog with serious health issues probably wouldn’t be in the best hands with us due to our inexperience. This dog is absolutely awesome, by the way. Very sweet, very calm, and very intelligent and curious about what the humans around him are up to.

    I did a report on Lyme Disease in particular. The treatment (for humans) has a 90 percent chance of keeping the symptoms away basically. So most likely, your new dog wouldn’t have any problems. But it would mean you’d have to be cautious when it comes to ticks because the treatment does not prevent getting any tick borne diseases again. But I’m all for the idea of getting the dog. It has probably suffered through a lot and it’d be great for the dog to have someone to give it attention and love. So yes, I think you should get the dog.

    Yes you should get it. This dog needs you more then ever right now so adopt him and give him a good life

    I adapted a dog with both these diseases and he was fine.

    Keep him well fed an a good weight.

    (Not too thin)

    Do a little research on the disease so that you know what you are in for. Sometimes special needs dogs can be to mcuh for some people. Make surethat you are willing to go through with this. Ultim. I would do it. The dog needs a home and he might be the perfect one for your family, but be prepared!!

    good luck.

    That is a question for your vet. I definitely would keep the dog IF the problems can be cured! What diseases are you referring to? Lyme? Rocky Mt. fever? This dog sounds like it is worth a very good effort.

    Also, if it isn’t contageous, or doesn’t get worse, or make it a carrier for the illness, or ruin it’s quality of life, then go for it.

    Cynda

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    January 4th, 2013Adminlyme disease in dogs
    lyme disease symptoms in dogs

    When a dog is infected, many times the symptoms of Lyme disease in dogs don’t show up until two to five months after being bitten by the tick.Did you know the symptoms of Lyme disease in dogs    .. more …

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