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    March 21st, 2014Adminsymptoms of lyme disease

    How soon do the symptoms start appearing? Is it treatable? And what other diseases can dogs get from ticks? Symptoms of those?

    Do you realize what you just asked takes about a full week of lectures in a college Infectious Disease course?As someone who has taken such a course, I’ll try to summarize:In a lab, Lyme disease symptoms can take 2 to 5 months to appear after exposure. The most common symptoms are lameness, loss of appetite and fever. In some dogs, Lyme can affect the heart and cause heart failure, or the central nervous system and cause uncoordination or weakness. And in a few rare cases, Lyme disease can cause a fatal kidney inflammation and shutdown (Lyme-associated nephritis).Symptoms of Lyme are vague. A dog can get any, all, or some of them. And once Lyme disease causes problems, it can be difficult to cure completely (that’s why human physicians commonly prescribe medication after tick bites – you can cure Lyme if treated right away.) Once a dog is sick, the symptoms often do get much better with antibiotics. But sometimes the disease just hides and the dog relapses later. Or the dog may be perfectly healthy the rest of it’s life – there’s no guarantee.But not all dogs who test positive for Lyme will get sick, either. Your vet will guide you in the proper course of testing and treatment. The best thing for you to do is prevention:1) Keep your dog on a tick preventative (Frontline Plus kills ticks; Advantix, Vectra 3D, or the Preventic collar repel and kil ticks) all year round (there is some stage of some species of tick active all year round).2) Avoid tick habitats as much as possible. Mow your grass, and walk your dog on a leash where he stays on the sidewalk.3) If he’s been in the woods or fields, check your dog for ticks daily. Remove any you find. (If you like, take it to the vet for identification. Only certain species carry certain diseases. The vet can also send it to a lab to see if the tick had Lyme, or he can test your dog – and repeat the test in 30 days if appropriate).4) If you live in a Lyme-endemic area (like the Northeast or Great Lakes US), and your pet is commonly exposed to woods or fields, consider getting him vaccinated against Lyme disease.Some other diseases that are commonly carried by ticks include:Rocky Mountain Spotted FeverEhrlichia canisAnaplasma phagocytophilum (also used to be called Ehrlichia equi)Anaplasma platysBabesiaThese diseases have varried symptoms. Most can cause fever (but that is not always seen). Some cause vascultis (which you see as a spotty rash and/or warm edema or swelling). Some cause lameness like Lyme. Some cause hemolytic anemia (you’d see signs of blood loss like weakness or pale gums or sometimes you might notice pink urine or a yellow tint to gums, eyes and/or skin). Some cause decreased platelets (you might see bruising, a spotty rash or unusual bleeding).

    Ask your vet.

    Lyme in dogs is treatable. Some dogs have no symptoms some dogs have lameness. If you suspect Lyme disease see your vet for a very simple test that takes about 10 minutes and only 2 drops of blood to run. It will tell you if your dog has lyme disease or heart worm or another tick born disease

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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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