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Lyme Disease in Dogs

Treatment

 

If the diagnosis is Lyme disease, your dog will be treated as an outpatient, unless its health condition is severe. There are a number of antibiotics from which to choose. It is important that you keep your dog warm and dry, and you will need to control its activity until the clinical signs have improved. The recommended period for treatment is four weeks. Your veterinarian is unlikely to recommend dietary changes. Do not use pain medications unless they have been recommended by your veterinarian.

 

Unfortunately, symptoms do not always completely resolve in some animals. In fact, long-term joint pain may continue even after the bacteria has been fully eradicated from your dog's system. 

 

Living and Management

 

Improvement in sudden (acute) inflammation of the joints caused by Borrelia should be seen within three to five days of antibiotic treatment. If there is no improvement within three to five days, your veterinarian will want to consider a different diagnosis.

 

Prevention

 

If possible, avoid allowing your dog to roam in tick-infested environments where Lyme borreliosis is common. In addition to grooming your dog daily and removing ticks by hand, your veterinarian can recommend a variety of sprays, collars, and spot-on topical products to kill and repel ticks (some can accomplish this naturally). Such products should only be used under a veterinarian's supervision and only according to the label's directions. In addition there are vaccines available for dogs; talk to your veterinarian about its availability and whether it is right for your dog.

 

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  • Lyme disease kills
    10/08/2014 05:49pm

    Our 5 year old boxer Miley was hit by a car 2 years ago. This was what we thought caused her left knee to become sore whenever we would go hiking or on long walks. We gave her aspirin and message before she would get out of bed the morning after, then she would not be gimpy. Vet said she had knee problems from birth and would need surgery later. Never thought it was anything then. Skip to now 2014, Sept. We did a normal all over wood romp, jump as boxers do. What we thought was scratches from sticker bushes was the next morning 50 tiny ticks. Oh my goodness. Dipped her. Life was good until next week. Dog down, lame, aspirin and message not effective. Had to squirt water in her mouth and rush to vet. Blood test showed Lyme Disease. Not arthritis as was hoped for. Kidneys were shutting down by her BUN/Creatnine. Weekend on IV fluids and medicine. Brought home very happy jumpy boxer with the knowledge that we will be on a renal diet for what we hoped for a short time. Antibiotics and other by mouth meds. Yeah good luck with a boxer and pills. A repeat blood test next week did not show improvement at all. Her kidneys are damaged, glomerulonephritis. We will have our baby, 5year old boxer, Miley just a few months, instead of years. Please to readers, get the animals Lyme disease checked, I am a hospice nurse and did not plan on being one to my family at anytime soon.

  • 10/09/2014 10:40am

    I too am devistated by a Lyme diagnosis! I live in northern Illinois Mchenry County. We had been saving for 2 knee surgeries for our golden. She has been gimmpy and not as active. I just thought it was from laying around and getting stiff. It was when she was shaking, and my husband says he didnt eat dinner that I knew something was wrong. I never expected to be dealing with this. I check my dogs for ticks almost daily , they never roam and I keep the lawn mowed and sprayed they can only got 25 ft from my back door. I even had her shaved back in June for the heat and to be able to see ticks. We are just started day 2 of the meds. I am using peanut butter to get them down. Boiled chicken, and rice boiled in the water. She does not seem to like the kidney diet canned food. My biggest concern is getting her to eat!!! I have never been a fan of extra vacinations, but I definatlely will regret forever not haveing done it!!!

  • 10/09/2014 12:19pm

    start with the Lyme test. We did not have a choice. Our wacky, crazy boxer just went limp. Vet said he does not see this level of kidney damage often. The meds and food are "palliative" at best. She can't be vaccinated cause of the kidney damage, though we would not vaccinate either due to that can cause same damage. agh! If their is no kidney damage then let the dog eat what you eat. I found so much on home meals for dogs just we can't due to the protein is to high. She will eat the canned food like candy. She also likes it when I add warm water to her crunchies like gravy. I so hope you do not lose that puppy. Our vet said if Miley doesn't eat at all, then like in humans it is time for her to see our Lord. :(

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