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True Tails: My Dog Has Lyme Disease!

You may be wondering why I've been going a tad tick crazy on the site during the Dog Days of Summer. Well, there's a reason. Last week when chatting with a pal in NYC, she shared a scary story about her rescued Rottie mix, Jack.
While he's seen here in sleepier times, my friend woke up one morning a couple weeks ago to find him not only resting, but totally unable to get up. Obviously, she freaked out and called a friend with a car to help carry the dog to his doctor. The vet did some tests but initially asked if her pooch had spent anytime in the country. Countryside? Does Brooklyn count? To learn where and when he contracted the disease, and what's happening now


Even though her pooch is always on his tick medication, it's not 100-percent guaranteed. Tracey was home visiting her parents in rural Massachusetts last Fall when she found a tick on her pooch. She removed it, and assumed all was well. Not so, as he was eventually diagnosed with Lyme Disease.

It seems that he exhibited some of the symptoms I mentioned when not being able to walk . . . and it's true that this disease can be dormant in pets for months before owners can notice it. While he's now on medication and doing much better, I know my take-away lesson from this was to never overlook a possible illness – even though I sometimes overreact, it's better to be safe than sorry!

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formerplanetpluto formerplanetpluto 5 years
Our Australian terrier Fenway woke up one morning two months ago and could barely move. We knew something was wrong because he is usually super active. Long story short, we had him blood tested at the vet and he had Lyme disease. He responded to antibiotic treatment quickly and by the end of the month of treatment he seemed like his normal self. Since then he has had sporadic short lived recurrence of the symptoms. He may have a good week and then a day when he is down, slow moving, lethargic and depressed. He can rebound the next day and be himself. Recently the rucurrences of symptoms are more frequent. Now the symptoms can include vomiting, weight loss and increased consumption of water. I have read where these symptoms can be indicative of a kidney problem. I've read that antibiotic treatment can put the disease into remission which is what we are hoping for. We are taking him back to the vet tomorrow. I will keep you posted.
Ellenora Ellenora 8 years
Zena had Lyme Disease before she came to us. It was treated completely and now she gets a Lyme Disease shot every year. My pooch is tired for a few days after getting that shot.
colormesticky colormesticky 8 years
Poor pups. I'm glad both Jack and runnergeek's made it out okay. :(
runnergeek runnergeek 8 years
max is on tick medication and i took him camping over memorial day wknd. he seemed fine when we got back and then i went back to work, the next few days his dog walker noticed he was moving really slowly , one day she showed up and he couldn't get off the ground! this is not normally how max is! he ha endless energy and loves his dog walker to pieces. she is beyond wonderful so she took him to the vet and he was diagnosed and treated for lymes. luckily we caught it in time and he is fine, but very scary! definitely take your pup to the vet as soon as you see anything unusual!
Rally-RE Rally-RE 8 years
poor thing - he's a cutie, too.
Le-Luxe Le-Luxe 8 years
Aww poor guy! :(
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