My Dog Has Lymes Disease

Discussion in 'General Chit-Chat' started by 28Shooter, Jun 18, 2012.

  1. 28Shooter

    28Shooter Well-Known Member Lifetime Supporting

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    Strangest thing, my 3 year old Lab started favoring her right front leg yesterday - no apparent break, cut, or problem, so we took her to the vet this morning. The vet checked her out and found nothing wrong with the leg except a little swelling. She had a little fever so he did a blood test which proved positive for Lymes. He put her on a strong antibiotic and a pain killer and told us that she should be fine in a few weeks. She's not a field dog and as we live in an urban/suburban neighborhood, be warned that if your dogs start showing any symptoms, get them in for a blood test! The vet said that incidents of Lymes in dogs is really on the upswing in the suburban neighborhoods.
     
  2. axxe55

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    if i remember correctly, it comes from either ticks or fleas. if so, go to the feed store or such and get some sulphur powder for your yard. it will help control the fleas and ticks.
     

  3. 28Shooter

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    It comes from deer ticks which are so small you can barely see them. They are often missed when you check for them and here in the east, they are becoming a real problem.
     
  4. axxe55

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    check into the sulphur powder. might solve the problem. i am not for sure but i also heard snakes don't like the sulphur either!
     
  5. 28Shooter

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    Thanks for the advice and I'll pass same along to the neighbors.
     
  6. greyhawk50

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    Sorry to hear about your Lab. Our pets are part of the family. Sounds like it will recover but there is still cause for concern. Let us hope that there won't be any lasting side effects.
     
  7. SHOOTER13

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    Yea...deer ticks are a real problem for me and my yellow lab too...

    I've seen/heard deer clip-cloppin' down the street in front of my house after twilight,

    caught them bedded down in my back yard...seen their eyes reflecting light when I

    let the dog out to do her business and seen their scat along the fenceline. Too bad

    I'm still in a residential area or there would be meat in the fridge by now...

    Do you use Frontline or anything else for fleas/ticks on your pet ?
     
  8. squirrelhunter

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    Good luck with her,hope she comes out alright.
     
  9. 28Shooter

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    Thanks everybody for your concern. She's been on a pain killer and antibiotics for two days and is much better. Her fever's gone, swelling's down, no more limp, and she's up and around. We're going to try to take her off the pain medicine tomorrow and get her out for a walk on Friday - depending on on how hot it is (calling for 100 degrees).

    Shooter, I can't remember the name of the other anti-flea/tick medicine but the vet is now recommending "ecto advance".
     
  10. Shooter

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    We have ticks and I'm constantly going over my dogs.

    I'll keep an eye out and take then to the vet if I see anything.
     
  11. 28Shooter

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    Five days on the antibiotics and Lilley's completely back to normal - a three year old Lab with more energy than she knows what to do with! I guess it's back to hour walks every evening for me.
     
  12. wjjones

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    Thankyou for the info I hope your dog recovers quickly.
     
  13. 1894

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    Happy news !!! Keep us updated on that lil ball O' energy :cool:
     
  14. Shooter

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    Glad to hear it!

    Enjoy your walks. It's 106 right now in my area and I don't envy you.