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DateJul 8, 2021
CategoryLyme Disease
Pet Typenull
Topicfound 2 ticks on top of scalp
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my pom was 3 weeks late getting his dose of Simparica. I found two dead ticks embedded in scalp. removed with tweezers, washed with peroxide the put triple antibiotic gel on the bites that looked more like scrapes. he received simparica about 7 days ago. he was vaccinated 3 years ago for lyme, however a different vet said he was borderline lyme about 3 months ago. other than keeping the scrapes clean and ointment on them do you suggest a better treatment

Answer:

At this point, just keeping an eye on the bites and routine rechecks (if he was "borderline lyme" I assume they are going to recheck him) for Lyme, if that is a problem where you live.

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DateSep 29, 2020
CategoryLyme Disease
Pet Typenull
TopicKidney issues
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How can I tell if my dog has developed Lyme nephritis? She suddenly has vomited bile as well as frothy pink liquid speckled with blood. She also has diarrhea. She was treated for Lyme in January 2019 and in May tested negative for proteinuria, but she is presenting now with the vomiting, diarrhea, and loss of appetite. She appears nauseous and frequently smacks her lips as well.

Answer:

Have your veterinarian check her blood work - her kidney enzymes will be elevated if it is Lyme nephritis. The blood work will also help rule in or out other problems (liver disease, pancreatitis, etc.)

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DateJul 21, 2020
CategoryLyme Disease
Pet Typenull
TopicAntibiotic
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We had a friend who is a vet give an unofficial diagnosis of Lyme disease on my dog (lethargic, long and somewhat smelly pees, paint and swollen joints, can’t stand on his own) but she told us to pick up antibiotics for him, recommending Amoxycillin or Doxycycline but never told us which. Is one better or more effective than the other for Lyme?

Answer:

In general, Doxycycline, is more effective.

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DateApr 13, 2020
CategoryLyme Disease
Pet TypeDog
TopicLyme vac
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Hi. We have 2 young basset hounds (2 & 18 mos) and a 5yrold Boxador. We travel to Michigan from SC in the summers and usually get the Lyme Vaccination before we leave because it seemed to be worse up there. Do you still recommend doing that or are you against it. I'm confused by what I read. We have them on heartworm and flea and tic preventative monthly also.

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It really depends on what part of Michigan you are going to - some parts have no higher incidence than South Carolina. Use this map to help you and your veterinarian weigh the risks vs. the probability of coming into contact with it: https://www.avma.org/javma-news/2019-07-01/heartworm-lyme-risks-expected-grow

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DateMar 21, 2020
CategoryLyme Disease
Pet TypeCat
Topiclyme disease in cats
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can cats get lyme disease? i was told it is very rare for a cat to get it. is this true?

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Yes, that is true - we basically don't see it in cats although I think someone was able to infect a cat in a laboratory setting or something like that.

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DateJan 10, 2020
CategoryLyme Disease
Pet TypeDog
TopicPreventative medicine
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Can I purchase preventative medicine anywhere besides from a veternarian to give my dog to prevent Lyme disease. I recently moved to NC and heard they don't give vaccines instead monthly doses of some liquid.

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The vaccine should be available - but anyway, if they don't see Lyme in that area, what they seem to be recommending is just a good monthly tick preventative like Nexgard or Bravecto - these are chewable though, not liquid, but definitely work nicely to prevent tick infestations. (None of the liquid, topical preventative work well around here for ticks - Georgia)

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DateDec 22, 2019
CategoryLyme Disease
Pet TypeDog
TopicHunting
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What shots do my dogs need before going out to hunt ,hogs, coyotes, and racoons?

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It depends a lot on where you live so consult your local veterinarian for the best advice: Rabies for sure, Leptospirosis probably, Lyme if you are in an endemic area, etc.

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DateAug 31, 2019
CategoryLyme Disease
Pet TypeDog
TopicDecreased appetite
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My dog started Doxycycline Monday and has a decreased appetite, how long does this last?

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It can last the entire time your dog is on Doxycycline and it may worsen (vomiting, diarrhea, total inappetance, etc) - if it does, contact your veterinarian - ask if the dosage can be decreased and if feeding it with a little food is ok, etc.

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DateJun 1, 2019
CategoryLyme Disease
Pet TypeDog
TopicDog had tick on leg
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My dog had a tick on its leg I removed the tick and it has a red ring around where the tick was and my vet is on vacation and I don?t know if he need an Antibiotic he is 6 months old puppy and if he need an antibiotic I would like to order from 1-800 pet meds but I don?t know what dosage he needs

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Take a picture of the ring with your phone - your veterinarian will need to see it. A veterinarian that has seen your animal in person will need to ok the prescription. The majority of ticks do not transmit Lyme disease, but it is a concern. Use a good tick preventative like Nexgard.

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DateMay 26, 2019
CategoryLyme Disease
Pet TypeDog
TopicTick bite
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Should I be worried that there?s a bump left behind where I removed a tick from my dogs head? He is also limping his front paw for the past few days because I could not find the tick for a day or 2.. not sure if these are signs of Lyme disease or if my dog needs to see the vet immediately?? (It is a weekend so I will call them come Monday unless this is urgent) :/

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It can wait until Monday if he is feeling fine otherwise. The knot can be normal tissue response to the tick and may persist for a couple weeks. It happens to people as well (I have a knot right now from a tick that I know I removed the entire tick that is 3 weeks old). It doesn't always mean some of the mouth parts or part of the tick was left but that could have happened as well. The vast majority of tick bites don't result in Lyme disease but dogs are lucky in that we screen them for Lyme disease every year when we test them for heartworms, so have your veterinarian use the heartworm test that screens for Lyme next time he needs his heartworm test run.

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DateMay 2, 2019
CategoryLyme Disease
Pet TypeDog
TopicFlea and Tick Preventative
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Our dog Finn has tested positive for Lyme but is asymptomatic. He seems to react poorly to Advantix II topical (vomiting, etc). Are certain flea and tick preventatives more likely to to cause these side effects in Lyme positive dogs? Are there preventatives that are more suitable for Lyme positive dogs than others?

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Being positive for Lyme probably did not cause the vomiting when you used the topical flea preventative. Nexgard is labeled for ticks that transmit Lyme disease and is lust better are repelling all ticks, in general, so that is the one I would recommend for Finn.

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DateFeb 18, 2019
CategoryLyme Disease
Pet TypeDog
TopicTaylor
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My dog has lymes disease and i dont know what to give him. The vet prescribed doxycycline but it makes him throw up and they said that hjs inly choice. Please help :(

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Doxycycline is preferred but Amoxicillin can be used as an alternative. Here is a good article about Lyme disease: https://veterinarypartner.vin.com/default.aspx?pid=19239&id=4952009

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DateJan 5, 2019
CategoryLyme Disease
Pet TypeDog
TopicCBC oil for dogs
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What are the uses/benefits for arthritis from having lyme desease causing severe arthritis in the hips and back

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Be sure s/he has already been treated for Lyme disease with something like Doxycycline, but CBD oil is probably helpful for arthritis, in general, because of all the omega fatty acids that it contains. Unfortunately noone has done good double-blind studies to confirm (or deny) this because of all of the legality issues with the product.

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