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Old 01-23-2013, 01:16 AM
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I'm not the OP but I know what area she lives in and it's waaay out of season for ticks and they are not at all common even when it is summer time.
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That is exactly why my dog almost died. If I hadn't demanded a tick panel because of some strange feeling he had Copley would have died of "mysterious neurological problems" too. We don't have ticks in the las vegas valley- there were only 2 human infections in the last 5 years or something like that. We don't even have mosquitoes. When he was diagnosed it was December too. He had only left the valley once at that point and it was winter. I can't explain it. Maybe he had it for a long time and it took this long to flare up, maybe there was a tick in my mother in laws suitcase, I don't know. Maybe as my vet feels it is due to under-reporting and possible long incubation times coupled with lack of good research on TBDs- as to why dogs are not diagnosed as much as they should be.
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If I don't see an improvement with the meds ... I will ask about this how do they do a tick panel ? I have all her records and blood work how would I know if they tested her what do I look for. We have snow here and she doesn't go out of the house other then the groomers so I'm not sure


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If I don't see an improvement with the meds ... I will ask about this how do they do a tick panel ? I have all her records and blood work how would I know if they tested her what do I look for. We have snow here and she doesn't go out of the house other then the groomers so I'm not sure


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I agree it is unlikely but I think it is always worth the cost. I had to really beg for one because it is uncommon in my area- you might have to too. They draw blood and test it for tick disease antibodies basically (It is a lot more complicated than that really). Some labs are much better at it than others, I am not sure who to recommend in Canada, but I imagine just asking for a full tick panel at any vet school hospital would do it. I second what someone said earlier- don't be afraid of teaching hospitals- they actually usually are the best of the best and you get care there you can't get other places. If you have paperwork about bloodwork I am sure it would say either "tick panel" or have "titer" or "western blot" in the name. I doubt they already did it.
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Thank you for keeping everyone updated on the baby! I check this thread the first thing when I get home from work to see how she is doing. I'm glad you feel more comfortable with this vet. The baby girl will surely be able to feel your relief, and that can only be good for her! Blowing kisses and sending hugs to the 2 of you and sending prayers up above!
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I agree it is unlikely but I think it is always worth the cost. I had to really beg for one because it is uncommon in my area- you might have to too. They draw blood and test it for tick disease antibodies basically (It is a lot more complicated than that really). Some labs are much better at it than others, I am not sure who to recommend in Canada, but I imagine just asking for a full tick panel at any vet school hospital would do it. I second what someone said earlier- don't be afraid of teaching hospitals- they actually usually are the best of the best and you get care there you can't get other places. If you have paperwork about bloodwork I am sure it would say either "tick panel" or have "titer" or "western blot" in the name. I doubt they already did it.
Yes I agree don't be afraid of teaching hospitals if they had one here thats where i would take my two girls unforunately we don't have one close by where my mom could drive us to it in another state.
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Have you done a full tick panel? Not just a lyme SNAP test- I mean a full tick panel from a reputable lab experienced in TBDs. Everything you have described are symptoms of tick borne diseases. You don't need to have ever seen a tick on her for her to get a tick disease, they can hop on, infect, then fall off without you noticing. Lots of vets sadly miss them, particularly in areas without a lot of ticks. My non-chi Copley had lyme and a co-infection and it took us 6 months to figure it out. He would have died if I had just let the vets of their thing and not eventually demand a tick panel. They were even ready to do exploratory surgery on him. I always say when in doubt- do a tick panel!
I was going to ask the same thing. Where I live there are many dogs who have the same symptoms and its due to ticks. I do not know what the disease is called in english. What doginthedesert says is what it is. Usually a tick panel is the first thing they do where I live because it is very common. Hopefully you are already on the right road to a solution and will not need to do this also. Hugs to your baby.
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There is no harm on testing for it as well you can never be too safe, I will mention it to the vet when I speak to her.


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Continued thoughts and prayers for you and your Angel!! Hoping to hear the antibiotic treatment works.
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