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    December 20th, 2013Adminlyme diseae treatment

    He was given an injection & antibiotics.What if that injection had the strain of Lyme disease in ln it like the flu. I used Frontline Plus about 4 days prior so I an even more concerned. Also the Vet did not do a blood or urine test-only stool for other diseases.

    Don’t you know what type of injection your dog was given? It was likely a antibiotic to supplement to oral antibiotics. There would be no reason to give the Lyme disease vaccine to your dog if it already had Lyme disease. Regardless the Lyme disease vaccine would not give your dog Lyme disease Incubation for Lyme disease to for the dog to become symptomatic is much longer than 4 days. I would question a diagnosis without proper testing however. Treatment for Lyme disease is antibiotics which won’t harm your dog. The only problem would be if the dog had something else that wouldn’t respond to the antibiotics given.

    Take him to a diff. vet and sue him

    The answer based on the info you have given: Not much.

    There are only two potential ways for a dog to get Lyme Disease-

    1) To be bitten by a tick carrying Lyme Disease. (Generally the tick has to stay on for 48-72 hours to infect the dog with Lyme Disease.)

    2) RARELY the dog might be infected with Lyme disease from a bad batch of Lyme vaccine- however this is a stretch, I have never HEARD of it happening. Even if this happened- it would take months for the Lyme disease to show up to the point where you dog showed positive on a blood test for Lyme or was showing symptoms of Lyme Disease.

    Lyme disease is carried by ticks that bite the dog. It generally has an incubation period of several weeks to a couple of months at the SOONEST. Even if your dog was vaccinated for Lyme disease your dog is still at risk for catching a strain of lyme disease that isn’t covered by the vaccine.

    You say your dog was given an injection- what kind of injection? There are tons of different injections possible to give a dog- anti-emetics, antibiotics, anti-inflammatories…without mentioning exactly what the dog was given you cannot really say the dog got the disease from the vaccine.

    What were you at the vet for? If you were at the vet for a problem (with symptoms such as lyme disease has, such as a fever, soreness, joint issues, sometimes renal/liver issues,) it doesn’t really make sense that he wouldn’t run bloodwork or a urine tests. Stool tests are generally only run to test for intestinal parasites or blood passing in the stool.

    If you were at the vet for an exam for vaccines- there is even less reason for him to run blood work or urine unless you want it done as part of the annual “check-up.” If financial issues are a concern- the vet may not recommend blood work or urine testing. (Urine testing will not generally show Lyme disease- only organ problems as a result of the lyme disease.)

    The use of the Frontline Plus four days prior has little to do with it really- it won’t affect the diagnosis or incubation period of Lyme disease. Really what MIGHT affect the possibility of getting lyme disease is whether your dog is on Frontline reliably every month- and even then Lyme disease is still a chance. The Frontline will keep ticks from staying on your dog- however- your dog would have to be reliably on Frontline every month- and again- Lyme disease has a long incubation period before it shows up so doing Frontline 4 days ago would make little difference at this point.

    Getting Lyme Disease is highly unlikely from the vaccine- and it is also highly unlikely your vet deliberately gave him Lyme disease as that is something that could get his license to practice potentially suspended or revoked.

    You really don’t mention what you were at the vet FOR. Was your dog sick? If so- what were the symptoms? If your dog wasn’t sick was he there to be vaccinated?

    Is your dog regularly tested for Lyme Disease? Also- if your dog has Lyme Disease and your vet didn’t run blood work how do you know the dog has Lyme disease- another vet? If so- what caused you to go to the other vet?

    Lyme disease generally takes months to show up not days. There are a LOT of details that could make a difference to the answers you get that you aren’t including in your question.

    Some vets will avoid blood work and urine testing if the dog is sick if cost is an issue or if the problem seems to be something relatively simple. I find it highly unlikely that the injection gave your dog Lyme Disease- if your dog was sick the vet wouldn’t have vaccinated your dog- and if it was anything ELSE your dog wouldn’t have gotten Lyme disease from the vaccine.

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    December 13th, 2013Adminsymptoms of lyme disease

    I’ve heard that mice and dogs can act as hosts to the B. burgdorferi microbes that cause Lyme disease. If a mouse were hosting the bacteria and bit someone, could that person contract Lyme disease?

    Yes (maybe), though the deer tick is its primary vector there have been reports that the bacteria which causes the disease has been found in fleas and horseflies, however this is fairly rare and still being debated. As for your mouse example, they bite would have to allow them to exchange unlikely large quantities of bloods. Even if that were to happen the bacteria are generally presents in different forms when it is in different hosts in order to resist each hosts immune responses. It would have to shift forms very quickly after getting into the human which, which is highly unlikely making the mouse scenario VERY improbable.

    If the tick that is infected with lyme disease bites an animal and that animal bites you, yes you can get lyme disease. as soon as the ‘lyme’ goes into the blood stream of the animal, it has lyme. just put on bug spray whenever you go outside and you are ok. just make sure it has deet in it though!

    I don’t believe there has been any documentation that Lyme is spread from an animal bite. Most typically, it’s a tick bite. There is some evidence that it might also be transmitted via mosquitoes and/or fleas, but that hasn’t been conclusively shown yet. There is strong evidence that Lyme can be passed from a mother to her unborn child. Some experts believe it might be passed between sexual partners.

    That said, if you have Lyme (or think you might have it) and you don’t remember a tick bite–you are not alone. The ticks that carry this crummy disease are pretty small–especially the baby ones (called nymphs) and when they bite they inject you with an anesthetic, so you typically don’t feel anything. Also, while some infected people start showing symptoms right away, in others the disease seems to lie dormant–sometimes for years–before it rears its head and you get desperately ill.

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    HIGHLY unlikely, Marisa. A bite from a mouse (?) or dog is “transiental” in nature (how’s THAT for as word!). Only the deer tick (in THIS neck of the woods, anyhowz) is an efficient transfer agent of the borrelia. And even IT needs nearly a day to engorge & begin to “fill up” on your tasty before the spirochettes on-board really start to disembark ‘en masse’ from their safe, mid-gut “seats” & into the victim’s bite area.

    The # of ‘ketes in the saliva & on the teeth of any infected mouse that might bite you (& the only time I’ve heard of someone getting bit this way is when they back the creature into a corner) is insignificant to non-existant. They prefer to corkscrew their way into tissue, not hang out in bodily fluids!

    (Not the way to go if ya want to survive as a parasite. 😉

    Don’t worry about the bite. Worry about any ticks that might POSSIBLY’ve hitched a ride during your intimate encounter!

    Now, where did Fido go to?…

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    December 6th, 2013Adminlyme disease in dogs

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    December 6th, 2013Adminlyme disease

    Lyme disease, the most common vector-borne disease in the United States, is contracted from the bite of a bacteria-infected tick. In humans, infection with Lyme disease bacteria can lead to problems related to the nervous system, heart, joints, eyes and even the brain. “Lyme disease can physically, mentally and emotionally devastate entire families, and the economic burden is overwhelming,”    .. more …

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