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scgreco413 | 12 months ago
Hi Pawbly Friends…. One Of Our GSD, Butch, Is In His Twilight Years, Approaching 14. It…

Hi pawbly friends….
One of our GSD, Butch, is in his twilight years, approaching 14. It has been very eventful here with the addition of two new GSD rescues since July, and there have been some scuffles, but everyone is managing great now. All the “teething troubles” seem to have been worked out. When we lost Butch’s best bud, he stopped eating and lost about half of his body weight. The rescues kind of helped put some pep back in his step and he is doing great. He’s still underweight, but not like before. My question is, I’m worried about preventatives. With so much of him gone, I’m afraid to give him his dose of parastar, but I also fear Lyme disease, especially given his age. Being that it isn’t winter, I hate to admit, I haven’t been giving him his dose. Now that spring is around the corner, I am more concerned about ticks because of the warmer weather. Thoughts on preventatives? Should I give a lower dose? Regular dose? Every other month? I’m just worried because he is compromised enough and underweight, but Lyme is also very serious and would be awful for him as well. Any advice is very appreciated. Thanks!

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Krista Magnifico
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Hello, Preventatives are always tailored to the patient, their environment and risk of exposure. They are also dosed based on ideal body weight or current body weight in cases of current physical body status. In some cases I also use a drug that I am more comfortable with or have used for a longer time and have more experience with. I also always recommend that clients keep notes on when they were given and note any adverse reactions and then further tailor from there. I understand your concerns. For the last year of my pup Jekyll’s life I was very… Read more »

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Debra Brenner | 1 year ago
Stella (the Morkie)’s Other Owner Here. Today We Took Her To The Vet For Her…

Stella (the morkie)’s other owner here. Today we took her to the vet for her first lyme disease vaccine. She was doing pretty good for a while, and even went on her walk when we got home. I left her alone for an appointment for about an hour and when I got home all she wanted to do was cuddle. She sat on top of me and was shaking. I thought that maybe she was cold, but she ended up throwing up. Could a lyme disease vaccine make a dog vomit and if so, do we need to tell our local vet about it? She got all sleepy after and curled up on me again. My poor girl 🙁

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Hello,
Yes it sounds like it might have been related to her vet visit / trip. Often it is hard for me to tell whether the vomiting was the vaccine (probable) or the anxiety/car sickness associated with it. Taking her temperature and listening to her heart and lungs may help push me one way or the other. But YES! You absolutely need to tell your vet. I would recommend splitting up her vaccines in the future and maybe even pre medication like diphenhydramine.

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Dave McDermott | 2 years ago
Hello, We Have A 3.5 Y/o Male Rottweiler That Has A Bulky Muscular Stature As…

Hello, We have a 3.5 y/o male Rottweiler that has a bulky muscular stature as he lives on a horse farm and is extremely active.. In the start of the colder months of oct 2016 he started to occasionally have issues getting up from laying down, and would even whimper sometimes. We took him the vet and had x-rays done to see if hip dysplasia was a possibility, which results came back negative. We put him on Medicam (after blood work completed) to manage the odd day of pain. Then the warmer weather came and the issues were basically non-exsistant. Once the cold weather came back, so did the occurances. This time much worse and regular than the previous times. This time not only was he having difficulty getting up, he was arching his back, walking on tip goes for the first couple steps, alternating pain from left to right hind side, and sometimes not able to get up or collapsing after getting up. Once he was up for a minute or two, he would go outside and run like a complete idiot, like nothing was wrong. Completely stumping us! We had him tested for Lyme disease, that was negative. We had x-rays done again of his hips, but we did his spine too. Nothing showed out of the ordinary. He saw the ortho team, neuro team, and nobody had any solid ideas. Arthritis didn’t seem to be present in the images either. The potential thought was DDD (degenerative disc disease). Is there anything we might be missing? Would circulation/heart be a possible issue?
Any help or ideas would be so much appreciated!

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I have a 6 yr old rotty female that has shown similar symptoms, mostly an inside dog but when we do our off leash runs through the woods she can over do it and seems to have muscle stiffness that goes away pretty quickly once up and about. But noticed the stiffness was becoming a little more pronounced We have started giveing her a give her a joint flex pill glucosamine chondroitin and there’s moderate improvement

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Maureen O'Brien | 4 years ago
I Just Found Out One Of My Dogs. Jake A 4 Year Old Male Terrier…

I just found out one of my dogs. Jake a 4 year old Male terrier mix has lyme disease. They start treatment at 30. But his number is 70. I lost service while talking to my vet. When I called back they were closed for the weekend

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Hi Maureen,

Unfortunately, your BEST resource here is the vet who did the testing.  Please try to give them another call to get answers from them.

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Jennifer Anniston | 4 years ago
We Have Tried Everything, If Anyone Has Any Ideas Please Let Us Know. Our 10…

We have tried everything, if anyone has any ideas please let us know. Our 10 and a half year old dog developed diarrhea about a month ago. She wouldn’t eat and she was very stuporous. The diarrhea originally had bright red blood and mucus. We went to the vet and she prescribed flagyl and an antibiotic for parasites. The vet also aspirated a mast cell tumor but her lab work is perfect and her ultrasound came back unremarkable so they do not believe it has spread (so grade I or II). She was negative for lyme and addisons disease–she also does not have a fever. After taking the medication she seemed to be doing a lot better. However, a short few days later she relapsed and got even worse than before. Again, more ultrasounds and blood work but still nothing! She was put on another med for parasites and an appetite stimulant. She was given iv fluids and she is home now 🙂 She is still having diarrhea with such an offensive odor and this last time it looked black. So we are going to go to the vet again tomorrow to see if its melena. Anyways, we cannot find an answer. If anyone has any ideas, that would be greatly appreciated!
The only thing she’s done differently is she drank and swam in this disgusting pond. I have no clue if they are related because she is getting treated for parasites and is still sick. Thank you in advance 🙂

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I wonder if she has giardia.  Did they do a SNAP test?

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emily flynn | 4 years ago
Can A Dog Temperament Change From Lyme Disease?

Can a dog temperament change from Lyme disease?

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Yes it can!  In advanced stages of Lyme disease your dog will be in constant pain.  Even in earlier stages the side effects of the disease can lead to changes in how your dog behaves and reacts to different situations.  

Do you have a diagnosis of Lyme for your dog?

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Christine Strossner | 4 years ago
Female Boxer Now Pregnant Tested Positive For Lyme Disease As Puppy Which Contracted From Her…

Female boxer now pregnant tested positive for lyme disease as puppy which contracted from her mother. Very concerned what are our options but no symptoms.

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I would be in touch with YOUR vet about this.  

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Christina Alfano | 4 years ago
We Had Our Dog Spaid On Tuesday. When We Brought Her Home She Wasn’t Herself…

We had our dog spaid on Tuesday. When we brought her home she wasn’t herself. Wouldn’t eat and hardly active. 2 days went by and she seemed worse. We brought her back to banfield and they told us to bring her to the hospital. They told us she was dying from liver failure and she had cancer. We decided to put her to sleep because she seemed to be in pain. How does a healthy 5 year old dog go in to get fixed and comes out dying? No one could give us answers as to why her blood work was normal before the procedure and after everything was wrong. Banfield did admit to giving our dog a Lyme disease shot for no reason. Not sure if that had to do with something. Have you ever heard of a case like this? I just want answers.

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Mariah perry | 4 years ago
I Have A 3 Year Old German Shepherd Female Who Is Pregnant And Just Found…

I have a 3 year old German Shepherd female who is pregnant and just found out she has Lyme disease and ehrlichia canis my vet Prescribed doxycycline but I was reading about it and it can’t be giving to pregnant females it will harm the fetus is there anything else I can get prescribed for my dog

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Kay Costanzo | 4 years ago
I Think He Got The Tick Monday Or Tuesday, And I Found It On Him…

I think he got the tick Monday or tuesday, and I found it on him today, which is Friday. He is only 9 weeks. It was attached to his neck. When I pulled it off it was a medium gray color. It sort of looks like a deer tick but I’m not sure. It was not redish in color at all. Just a gray body, black head and legs. I’m so incredibly worried about lyme disease, especially since he is still a baby. I am not sure how long it was attached and if it was on long enough to infect him if the tick does have lyme. So, should I be worried? Does the tick have to be fully engorged to spread lyme? If he did get lyme wI’ll it severely impact his quality and longevity of life?

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You did the main part – removed the tick. There doesn’t seem to be an exact consensus on how long a tick has to be attached to transmit disease. Most believe that a tick has to be attached for 24-48 hours; some say that it can happen much faster. From what you’re describing it sounds like it could have been a male deer tick …? http://www.tickencounter.org/images/tickreport_ticks_tested.png  Male ticks attach but don’t feed on blood and don’t transmit disease. (makes you wonder why they attach in the first place) There are places you can send the tick to which will identify… Read more »