My Dog Tested Positive for Lyme Disease

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Lyme disease is an infectious disease transmitted by tick bite, most commonly the deer tick. Particularly during the warm months many pets are bitten by ticks carrying this disease.  The disease is most commonly seen in the northeast and mid sections of the country, but has been documented in many other states as well.

Lyme disease is most commonly seen in dogs, as cats seem to be more resistant to the organism. Most pets that are naturally exposed to Lyme disease never develop any symptoms or get sick.  Therefore if a pet “tests positive” for Lyme disease, it does not necessarily mean that a pet is sick or infected, or needs treatment.

Tests performed by your pet's veterinarian can help determine if your pet has been exposed to Lyme disease

Many pets will get over the disease on their own, but can remain positive on a blood test for months or years. Many veterinarians have a simple blood test in the office that can tell an animal guardian within minutes if a pet has been exposed to Lyme disease. Other laboratory tests such as a western blot or C6 blood test can be done but are rarely needed in clinical practice in my experience.

However, only if a pet is symptomatic should antibiotic therapy be instituted. Signs and symptoms of Lyme disease in dogs can include:

  • Lethargy
  • Swollen glands
  • Fever
  • Limping (which can be a shifting lameness in different legs)
  • And occasionally kidney and heart/nervous system complications

Certainly families of Labrador and Golden Retrievers appear to be more genetically predisposed to the kidney form of Lyme disease than other breeds. Treatment usually consists of 3 to 6 weeks of antibiotic therapy, most commonly Doxycycline, which also can treat other hidden tick-borne diseases.  There are vaccinations available for Lyme disease, however, in my opinion and experience the vaccinations may not be effective and I am concerned about long term autoimmune problems. The best prevention against Lyme disease is using year-round flea and tick control, such as topical Frontline Plus or Advantix II.


  1. ef
    Posted January 11, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Permalink

    My dog was not eating for a couple of days so I brought him, (Sam) to our vet. She did a urine analysis which detected protein in his urine. They then did a blood test that showed he was positive for Lyme disease and prescribed the antibiotic doxycycline 100mg. Out of twelve doeses he threw up 5x so they said to discontinue the med. At first he was still being finicky about what he would eat, (he liked cooked turkey bacon) but now he seems fine. They wanted me to bring in another urine sample to look for protein in his urine. He does not have any symptoms, so it does not appear necessary. Also should I fine an antibiotic he can tolerate such as amoxicilline 2x for 30 days and continue the treatment?

  2. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted January 12, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    Monitoring the urine for protein loss is more important than the antibiotic. Amoxicillin would be an acceptable alternative.

  3. Posted February 3, 2012 at 2:33 pm | Permalink


    My 4 month old Great Pyrenees just tested positive for lyme disease (we believe he came from the breeder with it, but we can not dispositively prove it).

    It appears as if the standard course of treatment is to give him a tetracycline such as doxycycline or amoxicillin, however according to the information on the Cornell Baker Institute, such medications should not be given to young dogs. Do you know why?

    Besides stained teeth, what other concerns should we have about giving him a tetracycline medication? Are there any effective alternatives which may be safer?

    Also, what long term effects will the disease have on our dog? Will it effect his growth rate, or leave him with permanent joint problems? Will his auto-immune system and/or life expectancy be compromised?

    Any help you can offer is appreciated!!!!!


    Posted February 4, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Permalink

    My dog , a toy poodle, was just diagnosed with being infected. I could not believe it since we barely took him outside. We do have many many deers around this area. She got sick all of a sudden, she did not want to use both front paws and was in total pain. She looked so sick and in a lot of pain but after commencing medication immediately started feeling better and its back to herself. today is her 4th day. She barely slept when the symptoms started. It was terrible. Im reading about the possibility of the treatment not being 100 percent effective and im a little worried. I read about giving them probiotics and other alternative natural remedies. I will do that as well. If anybody knows further please advise

    Posted February 4, 2012 at 2:31 pm | Permalink

    By the way the vet told me to make sure she drank the antibiotic with food and im doing just that to prevent upset stomach and other issues. By the way the pill is so big (too big for a small dog). My dog was limping both front legs and i was told this was very unusual or at least the vet never saw any puppy doing that.

  6. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted February 4, 2012 at 8:37 pm | Permalink

    The homeopathic remedy ledum in 30c potency twice daily for 2-3 days may be worth using in cases of lyme disease. Probiotics are helpful to offset some of negative side effects of antibiotics such as naturevet enzymes from 1800petmeds.

  7. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted February 4, 2012 at 8:38 pm | Permalink

    Limping on both front legs is not typical presentation.

  8. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted February 4, 2012 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    Hi Andrew. Great questions. I have not found using doxycyline in young animals a problem in clinical practice, in terms of side effects or long term complications. It is also interesting to see how your pet tested positive at such as young age. Usually a positive test only means exposure. Unless your dog has clinical signs of lyme disease i.e stiffness, limping, lymph node enlargement, fever, lethargy, etc I sometimes wont even treat. Most pets do not have long term complications.

  9. Laurie Lund
    Posted April 2, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Permalink

    I just got home from the vet and after having the “snap” blood test my 11 month old pugalier tested positive for lyme disease. She has no clinical signs or symptoms of lyme but my vet recommended the c6 blood test to give a value or titer and if the value came back over 30 then she will be treated with doxycycline for 30 days…The vet said she will always test positive for lyme now and will have to have a titer every 6 months….What do you think about that information?

  10. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted April 3, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Permalink

    I dont treat lab values. As long as your dog has NO symptoms of lyme disease then I dont worry about it. Even with a C6 test greater than 30, if there are no signs I dont personally treat as no evidence shows any benefit.

  11. Ashley
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Permalink

    My 7 year old Pomeranian just tested positive for Lyme Disease. We did find a tick on him about 1 and a half months ago and immediately removed it with Tweezers. He doesn’t have any of the usual symptoms indicated above but has had what seems to be an eye infection since Sunday. Have you ever seen symptoms such as this before?

  12. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted May 23, 2012 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    The eye infection has nothing to do with lyme exposure. If your dog has no symptoms of lyme disease, then I personally dont treat. The eye infection should be treated by your local veterinarian with appropriate prescription topical medication.

  13. Lynn
    Posted July 3, 2012 at 12:31 pm | Permalink

    after 2 weeks of intermittent loss of appetite/vommiting, my vet finally figured out that my dog has lyme when he started presenting symptoms in his hind legs. he has not been able to hold down the doxycycline and/or the rimadyl and hasn’t eaten anything in 2 days. what can i do to ensure that he gets the antibiotic? very worried.

  14. Lynn
    Posted July 3, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    6 y/o lab mix – after 2 weeks of intermittent loss of appetite/vommiting, my vet finally figured out that my dog has lyme when he started presenting symptoms in his hind legs. he has not been able to hold down the doxycycline and/or the rimadyl and hasn’t eaten anything in 2 days. what can i do to ensure that he gets the antibiotic? very worried.

  15. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted July 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    If vomiting and not eating, may need injectable antibiotics at vet initially.

  16. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted July 3, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    Answered above.

  17. Justing
    Posted July 17, 2012 at 10:14 pm | Permalink

    I have a 1 1/2 year old mixed Border Collie/Husky that just got his check up today and the doctor tested him for heartworm and lyme disease and he came up positive for lyme disease. I noticed you recommendations not to treat if there are no symptoms. Which we are leaning towards because our dog has a ton of energy and eats what ever he can get his hands on. However the vet stated new studies have shown treatment early even if there are no symptoms is the new thought. Curious your thoughts on that?

  18. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted July 18, 2012 at 11:11 am | Permalink

    I am not familiar with any research documenting the efficacy of treating lyme positive dogs who have no symptoms. So I dont usually recommend treatment in asymptomatic animals.

  19. Karen Smithwick
    Posted August 19, 2012 at 8:59 pm | Permalink

    I asked my vet if he could run a tick tichter test on my sick dog, as some of her symptoms were the same as lymes disease, and I had found ticks on her in May. When I went to check out, I was SHOCKED to learn the cost was $203.00 for this test!! Is this right??( My vet had to send it to a lab, and it took 48 hours for the results to come back. ) I had no idea this would cost so much…..does this seem right to you or should I question my vet?

  20. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted August 20, 2012 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    the lyme or tick tests can cost this much when sent out to outside lab. Many vets carry an Idex in house lyme/ehrlichia/heartworm test which is usually alot cheaper. Call around in your area for a vet who has this test.

  21. Lindsay
    Posted September 8, 2012 at 9:48 pm | Permalink

    My 8 year old Golden/husky/Collie mix was diagnosed a year ago with lyme disease. She was treated with antibiotics. In this year’s exam we were told that she still has the disease and she only has 2 years until she will lose her muscles and have severe arthritis. The vet said she was a stage/level 2 of 5 and offered no follow up treatment.

    Is there anything we can do to fend off the disease? Does this sound like a typical situation? Most of the website I have found suggest that lyme disease is treatable and make no mention of what I was told. I would love to give our dog as many healthy years as I can.

    Any information would be helpful. Thank you.

  22. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted September 8, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Permalink

    So sorry to hear that your vet overscared you with a diagnosis of lyme disease. This diagnosis is often made by results of a positive test which often means a dog was exposed to lyme disease and not necessarily infected. Many vets give clients a doomsday prognosis when in fact many pets dont have lyme disease at all, especially if no symptoms are present. I would consider consulting a homeopathic vet to buildup your pet’s health. To learn more see or my website Many homeopathic vets like myself do offer phone consultations.

  23. Lindsay
    Posted September 8, 2012 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    Thank you, I appreciate your speedy reply. I will certainly look into this information.

  24. Stacey
    Posted October 22, 2012 at 11:39 pm | Permalink

    My dog has lyme and was on doxycycline for over a month and is not eatting anything and loosing significant weight. She has nephritiis and I am giving her pepcid ac once a day and blood pressure meds. What do I do to get her to eat, I have offered her everything. She is a lab and used to love to eat.

  25. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted October 23, 2012 at 5:40 pm | Permalink

    I would consider giving subq fluids at home or perhaps have kidney values rechecked as disease may be worsening and may need IV fluids, etc. Lyme based kidney disease has poor prognosis unfortunately.

  26. sharon
    Posted December 17, 2012 at 5:04 am | Permalink

    \hi i have a dog SPRINGER she was bite my a tick the doctor gave me the pills ehrlichia antibaotics and shes positive .past 2 days from the first pill we gave her but she not eatingg NOTHING (IN NORMAL Life she lovess veryy veryy foodd )\

  27. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted December 19, 2012 at 12:22 am | Permalink

    I would stop the antibiotic and call your vet if she has stopped eating to reconsider antibiotic choice and/or have her rechecked.

  28. Denise George
    Posted March 6, 2013 at 11:41 am | Permalink

    My 9 year old dog has recurring symptoms from Lyme disease. In June 2012 he was put on a 3 wk course of doxycycline 100mg and the symptoms subsided. October 2012 they reoccured and again was given a 3wk course of doxcycline but this time he could not take the med without throwing up. So he was switched to 30 days course of amoxicillin 500mg. The symptoms returned again on Sat. Since there was no vet available and I had some left over doxcycline from when he was vomiting I tried it again. This time he could take the med. Went back to the vet today and was given a script for doxcycline 100mg again but I can not located this med. No one has it in stock, except a local pharmacy for $270. Should I got back to the vet and get amoxicillin instead? Can that be used after a few days of doxycycline?

  29. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted March 7, 2013 at 3:33 am | Permalink

    I would check with your vet on going back on Amoxicillin which should be fine after the doxy

  30. Anna Vela
    Posted March 8, 2013 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    Hi, My 3 year old goldendoodle was limping for 3 days starting monday. He maintained the right hind leg off the floor for the three days. He had no signs of pain or discomfort when I thoroughly manipulated the leg and paw. His appetite was never affected. He may have been a little depressed.
    I have an appointment with the vet but, he is better now and back to his extremely playfulself and running fine, even running after cats and playing with other dogs. I’d rather not pay the $200 or more that the visit will cost me to get inconclusive feedback.

    I am concerned that he may have cotracted Lyme disease as I found 3 blood filled ticks on him at least 2 days after a hiking excursion.

    Could he have had a symptom of Lyme disease? Should he be treated?

  31. Anna Vela
    Posted March 8, 2013 at 7:04 am | Permalink

    The ticks were found on him early this past fall.

  32. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted March 10, 2013 at 3:57 am | Permalink

    Lyme disease is possible, as is a partial tear of the cruciate ligament in the stifle. Best to have vet check and assessment for best treatment plan. I wouldnot simply treat him for lyme disease without a blood test.

  33. Dawn
    Posted April 4, 2013 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    My 8 month old puppy went for his pre neutering blood work. Everything tested fine except for Lyme. Since we did not look this up first we put him right on the meds that the vet prescribed. Two days later he was lethargic and very sad looking,he peed the bed and we rushed him back to the vet where they found him with a fever of 105.7. They hooked him up to an IV and gave him fluids and kept him over night. Today we get him back the fever is gone the meds have been changed but he still isn’t our fun and excited puppy. We are taking him back tomorrow but I just want better incite. They say the meds may have caused the first reaction but he’s still not better should we take him off the meds. We want our baby back.

  34. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted April 8, 2013 at 1:41 am | Permalink

    HI Dawn. I NEVER treat a dog for lyme disease based on an in office positive lyme test which only means past exposure and not necessarily current infection. I would suggest working with a holistic vet to restore your pet’s health through homeopathy and dietary therapy. To learn more see as well as my website Many homeopathic vets do offer phone consultations.

  35. Robin Dutton
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 4:12 pm | Permalink

    My 7-year-old Doberman tested positive for Lymes disease several months ago. He has been on Doxycycline (4 100mg capsules 2 times a day) and Famotodine (generic for pepcid) to protect his stomach from being irritated (2 100mg pills 2 times a day). After each 30 day period, I take him back for recheck just to be informed that he is still testing positive (a high positive) and he has to remain on the meds. During our most recent re-check, the vet changed the antibiotic to Menocycline and indicated he might respond better. This is costing me a small fortune. Since he is not showing any symptoms at all, his weight is good, he is happy, and strong, and simply doesn’t act sick at all. Should I continue with the regiment of medication indefinitely as the vet suggested it could take months or even a year before he’s rid of the disease?

  36. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted April 18, 2013 at 9:59 pm | Permalink

    I NEVER treat lab values but only if the patient is symptomatic of lyme disease. I would not spend or waste money or jeopardize your pet’s immune health with overuse of antibiotics, as many pets remain positive for lyme disease for years.

  37. Kelley
    Posted April 20, 2013 at 12:32 pm | Permalink

    My dog got fixed at the end of January. Apparently their system is to do a Lyme/Worm test. It came back positive and she was given doxycycline for 30 days to treat her. From what I’ve read online it doesn’t mean she’s got a high level of it where she could have been exposed. I usually bring her for her shots to Petco, so I didn’t really want to bring her to the vet unless I needed to which I was going to do. But it looks like you are saying that unless she has symptoms not to treat her. The place I brought her is not our veterinarian, so not a place I trust!! I was supposed to walk out spending $90.00 from the certificate and $250.00 later, so needless to say I’m not happy with that place. I was told to get her retested and to get her on more medication. She is not lethargic or throwing up which seems to be the symptoms that they have with Lyme. Am I correct? Any further symptoms that I should look for if so? Should I be concerned? She is 1 1/2 yrs. old. If you recommend doing nothing is there any concern to that. Thanks for your time!!

  38. louise bugeja
    Posted April 21, 2013 at 3:53 pm | Permalink

    I would appreciate your reply regarding my query on Ehrlichia and rimadyl please.

  39. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 8:58 am | Permalink

    Rimadyl can also worsen tendency to nose bleeds, which is why I would hesitate using it in chronic ehrlichia patients.

  40. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 9:00 am | Permalink

    HI Kelley. Many dogs who test positive for lyme disease never need any treatment because they never develop symptoms and overcome any exposure on their own, and therefore I dont treat asymptomatic dogs. It may be helpful to work with a holistic or homeopathic vet to improve your pet’s overall health. To learn more see

  41. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 9:01 am | Permalink

    other symptoms of lyme include fevers, joint swellings, and shifting lameness/stiffness, etc

  42. Kelley
    Posted May 11, 2013 at 10:29 pm | Permalink


  43. Carol
    Posted July 17, 2013 at 1:34 pm | Permalink

    I took my dog for his yearly appt. and he tested positive for lyme and anaplasma I was surprised because my other dog was fine. I took him to another vet after being told to put him on Doxycicline which would cost me 489.00 dollars . When this vet did the test everything came back negative. What should I believe.Thank you for your time

  44. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted July 18, 2013 at 11:22 am | Permalink

    If second test was negative, it sounds like first test was false positive.

  45. rosa
    Posted August 14, 2013 at 10:02 pm | Permalink

    Hi we took our 8 year old dog (OES) to a vet yesterday Doctor prescribed Glucosamine, Chondrotin along wihith pain killer Remadyl
    Symptoms started ABOUT 4 Days ago – rear right leg limp; 1 swollen gland by his right armpit, and another by left upper armpit area, heavy breathing, discharge of eyes and has been very lathargic
    Bear would not let the doctor examine him, therefore the little that she did she assumed it could be a leg injury or a hip problem or bone cancer. No xray or blood work was done due to his bad scared behavior. We started the meds right away however we were told by a friend that it sounds like Lyme disease so we started him on 500 x2 amoxicillian. He seems as of today to be much better, is this possible? What is your opinion?

  46. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted August 16, 2013 at 12:50 am | Permalink

    HArd to say without examining him. REsponse may be from any of the drugs either rimadyl or amoxicillin. Most cases of lyme disease respond rapidly to antibiotic therapy. IF just an injury, rimadyl can help quickly as well. See how goes in coming several days. If relapse. then should have blood work and x rays.

  47. Lori H.
    Posted August 26, 2013 at 4:50 pm | Permalink

    My 8 year old Beagle has had 2 positives for Lyme Disease. 4 & 3 years ago and took the medication. I am afraid he has it again. If he does, can he take a 3rd round of the meds.?

  48. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted August 27, 2013 at 12:09 am | Permalink

    I would have vet recheck to see if your dog truly has current lyme infection. There is good blood test like Western blot or PCR that can accurately diagnose. If truly positive then no problem taking antibiotic again.

  49. Shelley Strader
    Posted September 8, 2013 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    We took our dog for a routine blood test to be tested for heartworm and got a call from the vet that he had lyme disease, which was shocking to us because he acted perfectly fine. They put him on Doxycycline for 30 days. He acted okay while on it but a couple weeks after he finished that medication, they gave him the immunization against lyme disease and then shortly after that he started throwing up 2-3 times a week. Could the vomiting be caused by the lyme disease or the Doxycycline or the immunization? I asked my vet about this and he said usually if a dog has vomiting due to this medication, they will have it while on the Doxycycline. We’ve now had him back to the vet 3 times for the vomiting and he’s on a bland diet and Pepcid AC but his appetite isn’t good now and he’s losing weight. They’ve done blood work & x-rays and don’t know what’s wrong. Any suggestions?

  50. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted September 9, 2013 at 11:32 pm | Permalink

    Hi Shelly. I have seen chronic disease begin in pets after overmedication, as well as vaccination, etc. Consider trying all natural low carb, low grain diet like wysong epigen diet from 1800petmeds. Add naturevet enzymes to meals as well as probiotics like fast balance. BEst to work with homeopathic vet on helping restore health over time. To learn more about homeopathy, see as well as my website Many homeopathic vets do offer phone consultations.

  51. Nicole
    Posted September 11, 2013 at 8:28 am | Permalink

    My best canine friend, Willie, has been diagnosed with Lymes disease. He started with this constant crying out if you even came near him let alone touch him. his pain was obvious. He began vomiting, wouldn’t eat, was lethargic, etc. Took him to the vet and she couldn’t find anything wrong. As a nurse, I told her I wanted xray and lab work. Turned out Willie had kidney problems with a BUN of 44 and a Creat of 2.7. Life expectancy?

  52. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted September 11, 2013 at 11:35 pm | Permalink

    Every situation different with kidney disease. With proper supportive therapy some pets can live years. I would put him on preferably home made kidney diet like one described in book Dr PItcairns guide to natural health for dogs and cats by Richard Pitcairn, dvm, phd. Also try supplements like renavast which you can find on line, as well as omega 3 like nordic naturals pet omega 3 fatty acid from 1800petmeds.

  53. Cara
    Posted October 2, 2013 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    We adopted a 1 yr old pit bull from the local SPCA and were told he had tested positive for Lyme and was given the usual antibiotics. He seems very healthy, full of energy, spunky, etc. But we’re wondering if we need to give him a flea and tick preventative if he already tests positive for lyme. And if so, is there a natural one you know of that actually works? The chemical ones have such bad side effects. Thank you for your advice.


  54. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted October 3, 2013 at 11:45 pm | Permalink

    hi Cara. You could try Bio Tic clip which you can find on line as well as

  55. Maria Mae
    Posted November 12, 2013 at 9:09 pm | Permalink

    Hello, my 5 year old dog was diagnosed with Lyme back in July. She was put on the doxy,and was completely fine up until 3 weeks ago on a Friday.We went for a walk,then after that she ran around the yard like crazy,like she usually enjoys doing. The next day she began limping in her back leg. I can’t afford to take her to the vet again, I been giving her joint supplements,I’m wondering if it’s lyme acting up again?
    Is there anything homeopathic I can give her, I can’t afford to spend $230 at the vet like last time.

  56. stacey
    Posted November 12, 2013 at 9:16 pm | Permalink

    Marie dont wait trust me. I lost my 4 year old lab to lyme bc it progressed.

  57. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted November 13, 2013 at 1:27 am | Permalink

    I would not assume it is lyme disease. Could be torn ACL ligament of back leg which is common…. Try dog gone pain which you can get on line as well as yucca intensive from 1800petmeds. See vet if signs persist or worsen.

  58. Angel
    Posted April 18, 2014 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    My 7 year old New Foundland was diagnosed with Lyme’s about 3 week’s ago. She has been taking 5 100 mg capsules a day of Doxycycline and Previcox and doesn’t seem to be improving. She seemed better for a little while but her leg is still swollen and she is losing her appetite again.

  59. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted April 20, 2014 at 5:21 pm | Permalink

    HI Angel. There is likely another diagnosis of lameness and swollen leg than lyme exposure. Many vets over treat dogs for lyme disease based on exposure tests. The previcox also may be upsetting her stomach. I would strongly recommend a vet recheck and possibly blood work and/or x rays to see if any other diseases or underlying causes.

  60. Posted May 1, 2014 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    I have a mixed shepard i rescued and she is about 6 1/2 years old. Three weeks ago she tested positive for lyme disease. They put her on her antibiotics, she responded for about 3 days then her symptoms returned with more issues. I initially took her in because she was limping and now all her joints are swollen. I took her back to the vet and he says based on the way she looks its definitely lyme disease. So the vet gave her stronger antibiotics, i think the name starts with chim (not sure i have it at home). Again she responded ok for a few days but all her symptoms are returning. She doesn’t want to move and it takes alot of effort to get her to go outside to to her business. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

  61. Posted May 1, 2014 at 12:46 pm | Permalink

    I have a mixed shepard i rescued and she is about 6 1/2 years old. Three weeks ago she tested positive for lyme disease. They put her on her antibiotics, she responded for about 3 days then her symptoms returned with more issues. I initially took her in because she was limping and now all her joints are swollen. I took her back to the vet and he says based on the way she looks its definitely lyme disease. So the vet gave her stronger antibiotics, i think the name starts with chim (not sure i have it at home). Again she responded ok for a few days but all her symptoms are returning. She has been on this antibiotics a full weeks now. She doesn’t want to move and it takes alot of effort to get her to go outside to to her business. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Also, they did blood work on her and her kidneys are fine but she has a slight higher levels of protein. Is it possible that she has something else that’s why she is not responding?

  62. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted May 1, 2014 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    I doubt symptoms are due to lyme disease, which typically rapidly responds to antibiotics in veterinary medicine. Most likely an autoimmune disease of joints, which is best diagnosed by a joint tap to evaluate cells in joint fluid. Most likely your pet need prednisone or related drugs to address this issue.

  63. Posted May 2, 2014 at 11:04 am | Permalink

    Thanks for your response. I have an appointment with the vet tomorrow and i will mention it to him. I will keep you posted. This seems like a long term condition that my dog will have to live with.

  64. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted May 3, 2014 at 5:34 pm | Permalink

    Good luck. Please know that vets WAY over treat and over diagnose chronic lyme disease as a cause of problems. Tests can remain positive for years, even if clear of active infection.

  65. Rory
    Posted May 22, 2014 at 7:58 am | Permalink

    My 8 year old, 13 pound maltese/poodle mix recently had the lyme vaccine for the 2nd year in a row. Approximately 1 week later she developed a limp in her rear left leg. I have taken her to the vet twice for the limp. Diagnosis is unknown. X-rays provided no signs of injury but early signs of arthritis and some inflamation. After doing some research about the lyme vaccine, I’m wondering if the limping is a symptom of exposure to lyme. My vet is not helping much. Do I demand a round of antibiotic for lyme? Any information would be appreciated as the limping is not getting any better after 3-4 weeks now.

  66. Betty
    Posted May 22, 2014 at 7:32 pm | Permalink

    After reading my response and getting great feedback I took my dog to a specialist. Initially took her back to the vet but he didn’t seem sure so we decided to go. We saw a specialist who conferred with my vet and decided to do a joint tap. The joint tap determined that she has immune mediated poly arthritis (meaning arthritis in all joints. They put her on prednisone (steroid) and within 1 day she was feeling better and swelling went down. We are slowly weening her off the steroids and starting another medicine. This other medicine will eventually replace the steroid and be on the meds for up to 1 year. With the medicine we always give her pecsid so the meds won’t upset her stomach.
    So when you feel the vet is not helping and your pet is stil not better you have to go to a specialist internist. It is costly but I believe she is worth it. I went to Blue Pearl Vet Hospital. They treated her great and she was comfortable immediately which is surprising.

  67. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted May 27, 2014 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Always best to see a specialist if in doubt, but for those clients who can’t afford such tests, I find the combination of doxycycline antibiotic(to cover infections and also as anti inflammatory for bones), as well as prednisone my combination drugs of choice in treating chronic arthritis/swollen joints in pets, as most of these dogs have immune mediated disease. Shouldn’t have to spend thousands of dollars if one can’t afford it.

  68. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted May 27, 2014 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    This is classic vaccinosis in a pet, and is best treated with homeopathy in my opinion. To learn more about chronic homeopathy see the booklet on as well as my website Many homeopathic vets do offer phone consultations as do I. I would not simply go on doxy as I dont think it will help here. Likely immune mediated issue which may need steroids conventionally or possibly patella or ACL issue, but in my opinion homeopathy the best route here.

  69. Shannon
    Posted May 29, 2014 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    My 5 yr old Yorkie tested positive for lymes. Bun was 180 and cre was 6.8. After iv flush bun is 96 and cre is 2.8. Her quant lymes test came back as 1,170. Started subq fluids and dioxy. Can she be helped? Is this signs of nephritis?

  70. Posted May 31, 2014 at 9:40 am | Permalink

    My vet did a heart worm test and said my dog was fine. I later received a phone call stating that my dog had lyme disease, we live in South Florida, so the only exposure could have been at the grooming facility with some northern dog. I later took my other dog in to test just in case and the vet tech seemed confused that my dog was fine then diagnosed later with the disease. The other dog is fine. I’ve started doxycycline for a week now and he just started vomitting again. He had been vomitting and diarrhea which is why I took him to the vet to begin with. Should I be concerned. He’s not quite 10.

  71. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 5:41 pm | Permalink

    I dont think the positive lyme test result is a reason for your dog’s current symptoms, as a positive test only means that your dog was exposed to lyme disease at one point in his life, but NOT necessarily infection. Also doxycycline antibiotic can aggravate vomiting and upset stomach. I am located in South Florida and would be happy to provide second opinion for you.

  72. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted June 2, 2014 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like tough situation. I think best chance at helping her is also incorporating a more holistic veterinarian as rarely do drugs alone help such cases. To learn more about homeopathy, go to as well as my website Many homeopathic vets do offer phone consultations. Advanced situation of kidney failure/nephritis, but hoping you can still help her

  73. bobbie
    Posted June 11, 2014 at 3:42 pm | Permalink

    I have had my dog for 4 almost 5 months now. she tested positive for lyme back in June of 2013 and was treated with amox for a month, in December of 2013 she was vaccinated for Lyme and also had her 2nd booster for lyme as well. So in May of this year, when I took her for a check up, she again tested positive for lyme , they gave her a weeks worth of minocycline and due to mis communication she never did a follow up for 3 more weeks of the abx. She does not have any symptoms that sound like lyme only occasional stomach upset. should she re do the abx?

  74. Posted June 12, 2014 at 6:47 am | Permalink

    I took my 11 year old great dane for his yearly checkup. The vet called after reviewing his blood work and said he tested positive for lime exposure. The vet wants him back for a new blood test to see what strain he has and then will follow up with antibiotics. He is showing no signs of lyme. He eats like a horse, literally, and runs and plays and chases anything on four legs. The only symptom I see is when he is laying down, when he tries to get up it takes him a few minutes. I attributed that too his age and having arthritis is his back legs. the vet did confirm that during his physical. He is now on dasuquin for this. I am afraid to put him on antibiotics, it seems to make a lot of dogs throw up and sick. I do not want his quality of life to be sick from unnecessary medication. what should I do? He is 180 pounds and everything I can give is in the form of double dosages due to his size. I have no idea what the antibiotics would cost for him. Please advise.

  75. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted June 13, 2014 at 6:44 pm | Permalink

    Excellent questions Kim. My approach of 23 plus years experience is to NOT treat lab results, especially when positive tests only mean exposure to the bacteria and not necessary active current infection. If dog is asymptomatic, I would personally not treat, but that is individual vet perspective.

  76. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted June 13, 2014 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

    HI Bobbie. I think veterinarians WAY OVERTREAT this disease, as a positive test only means exposure at some point, and NOT necessarily active clinical infection. I personally dont treat lab values, but only if pets have clinical symptoms of disease.

  77. Prozax
    Posted June 19, 2014 at 10:21 am | Permalink

    Hi, I have a 10 months old Bullmastiff that has been diagnosed with Lyme disease. She has been showing a lot of symptoms since she was diagnosed (at 4 months old). She has been on a course of doxy for 4 weeks. After that she still has some very bad simptoms: limping, very bad pain when moving her neck, also has a lump on her head which sometimes got very swollen, she was dizzy and sometimes couldnt keep balance and basically fell over with her back legs. After this she got CEFTRIAXONUM injectable for 30 days. She has now completed this treatment as well and she seems to have a lot of problems with her hind legs. They just give out when she runs and starts to drag them. She also started to squat very low when pooping, almost hitting the ground. Aside from these, the other symptoms seem to be gone since her treatment ended one week ago. We will be back at the vets tomorrow, but I was wondering if there is anything I can do for her? Anything I can give her to help?
    We had her xrayed for hip dysplasia when she was 6 months old, but she’s clear..

  78. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted June 22, 2014 at 6:31 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like a great case for homeopathy. Learn more about homeopathy by seeing booklet on as well as my website below. Many homeopaths work with clients over phone as do I across the country. Also get book Dr Pitcairn’s book Dr Pitcairn’s guide to natural health for dogs and cats by Richard Pitcairn, DVM, phd which has great natural suggestions, recipes, etc my website is

  79. Molly's owner
    Posted June 25, 2014 at 10:10 am | Permalink

    My dog is almost 3 years old, she has been vaccinated for Lyme s disease since she was a pup. She is a Border collie mix and we have a cabin in Central Wisconsin with high tick count. We currently use Frontline plus along with the vaccination.

    She tested positive for Lyme s and another tick born illness treatment is doxacycline for a month. Symptoms were limping and stiff joints, for an active dog this was unusual so we took her to the ER vet for treatment and tick panel.
    After one dose she was fine, active, running jumping and normal Border collie behavior.
    Is it possible to have a false high reading for the Lyme’s disease with the vaccination?
    Could her symptoms be from the other tick born illness?

    Now that she has been diagnosed, what is the long term treatment or prognosis for dogs diagnosed?

    Since we go to a place with high ticks, what else can we do?

    Thank you!!

  80. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted June 25, 2014 at 4:36 pm | Permalink

    HI Sheryl. I doubt the test was a false positive from vaccination, but if necessary you can retest to be sure. As BOTH a holistic and traditional veterinarian of 23 plus years experience, in my experience and opinion, as well as from talking to well respected veterinary immunologists like Jean Dodds and Ron Schultz(whom you can look up on line), lyme vaccination is both not effective, as well as not safe in my opinion. I see more dogs with chronic symptoms of joint issues, etc who have been lyme vaccinated than those who haven’t been vaccinated. I would consult with a holistic vet on getting her healthier so she is less likely to be susceptible to fleas and ticks. Long term prognosis of most tick born diseases is good, unless dog develops immune complications of bone marrow or kidneys. Periodic lab work can help monitor for that. To learn more about holistic medicine, see my website and links

  81. Brian
    Posted July 11, 2014 at 3:40 pm | Permalink

    I have an 11 year old lab that has had a mild exposer to Lyme disease he was first put on Doxy. However he became worse due to the med. Is now on his 5 day of amoxicillin is very picky will only eat chicken no rice just chicken. All he wants to due is lay around his breathing is labored on and of at times. When can I expect to see improvement. also vet believes his spleen is I larger he has lost 7 pounds in a three week period.

  82. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted July 11, 2014 at 4:04 pm | Permalink

    Hi Brian. I have seen many pets with this type of history have an underlying tumor in the abdomen. I would ask your vets for an x ray and possibly ultrasound to get to real underlying cause here. I dont think Lyme exposure is the reason as well as I dont think either antibiotic is answer.

  83. Brian
    Posted July 11, 2014 at 4:37 pm | Permalink

    I had xrays done the vet said he couldny tell much from it othere then it appears to be his spleen that is enlarge he did stick a needle with it and with drew a blood sample and said he didnt see any uniform pattern of cells that threw a glag at him. i unsure what the right level of care is for him. He is still excited to see people and barks when he heard a straigh noise and greets people but is very slow leading me to beleive he is in pain

  84. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted July 11, 2014 at 7:01 pm | Permalink

    Given the enlarged spleen, I would strongly recommend an abdominal ultrasound or a consultation with an internal medicine specialist in your area. I am concerned about underlying cancer here, which I think must be ruled out

  85. Mike
    Posted July 29, 2014 at 2:11 pm | Permalink

    I took my 16-month-old Foxhound (perhaps mixed with Greyhound or Great Dane) out to Long Island – serious tick country – for a week and during the course of our time there must have removed 20 or more ticks from him – despite using a topical anti-tick medication (Vectra).

    Toward the tail end of our trip he also began to show some slight stiffness in one of his back legs, which I attributed at the time to running around in the woods and jumping off a particularly steep hill.

    The leg didn’t concern me at the time but the number of ticks was a bit frightening so I took him to the vet immediately upon our return (July 10) and, at my insistence, we began a prophylactic course of treatment of doxycycline. The vet also ran a blood test – I’m not sure which one – that came back negative for Lyme and all other tick-borne illnesses a few days later.


    It’s now July 29, 19 days later, and he still seems stiff. After the first week-and-a-half of stiffness I took him back to the vet, who confirmed that he had a slight, barely perceptible stiffness in his back right leg, probably due to inflammation. She prescribed a one-week course of treatment with a very low dose of Rimadyl – 100mg per day, I think – to relieve any discomfort.

    Interestingly, I had thought it was his left leg that was stiff; the vet saw it in his right. After she pointed it out to me, I saw it in his right as well, but he recently seemed to be stiff in the left again, and a day or two ago seemed to have stiffness in both hind legs, all of which makes me wonder whether Lyme isn’t the culprit, despite the negative blood test, which was probably done too soon to register exposure or an infection in any event.

    He’s being retested in about two weeks – two weeks after the first test, and four or so since I found the ticks on him, which seems like ample time – and hopefully will again show up negative, but I just can’t shake the thought that, between the number of ticks I found and the leg issues, that he will.

    The good news is that, until the other day when both his legs appeared stiff, the stiffness was barely noticeable, and it only shows when he’s walking slowly. If he’s trotting – I haven’t been allowing him to run until this is all sorted out – he looks perfectly fine. He puts weight on all of his legs, allows me to touch and flex them and isn’t in any obvious pain, including when going up or down stairs (I live in a walk-up building).

    Besides his legs, he’s perfectly healthy. He’s eating like a horse, has a tremendous amount of energy and no fever or any other of the common symptoms of Lyme.

    Conclusion: He’s back on Rimadyl for another two weeks even though the first course didn’t seem to do much and we’re going in for an X-ray on Thursday to try to determine what might be causing his stiffness. I hope it’s just a strain or maybe growing pains, but, like I said, I can’t help but think that it’s going to be Lyme (not that the X-ray will tell us). My biggest fear is that he’ll have permanent joint damage or chronic or recurrent joint issues.

    Does this sound like Lyme? As noted, his stiffness is very slight, but I’m still concerned. Thoughts?

    Thanks, and sorry for such a long post!

  86. Rory
    Posted July 29, 2014 at 3:22 pm | Permalink

    My dog had a sudden onset stiffness/limp. After a round of antibiotic for potential vaccine-induced Lyme disease the limp did not go away. My dog has had two rounds of x-rays and was put on rimadyl for pain management. And still limped. After a specialist determined it was not a 100% certain cruciaye ligament tear; and therefore, not eligible for surgery I was left with the diagnosis ‘inflammation’. AND THEN I enrolled my dog in therapeutic swim and she has done wonderful!! She is still stiff when she gets up from the floor, but overall she is doing much better. She is happy again.

    You may want to explore swim therapy to help break up any inflammation. Also, look into your dog’s diet because many foods found in dog food (e.g. Potato) contribute to inflammation.

    Just thought I’d share my experience. I had a very difficult and hopeless few months trying to help my dog. Swim therapy and a change to her diet has helped.

    Good luck to you and your dog!

  87. Mike
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 9:27 am | Permalink


    How bad was the stiffness? His is very minor, but it’s been several weeks, which is why I’m concerned.

  88. Rory
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 9:51 am | Permalink

    The stiffness ranged from barely noticeable to three legged. She still favors her left hind leg some days, but some days are really good and she shows no signs of a problem.

    Her limp lasted probably two months before I enrolled her in swim. During those two months she never really showed signs of improvement even though we confined her to a small area to let the leg rest.

    The only time I saw improvement was after swimming.

    I think the most telling sign is when she first got the stiffness/limp her personality changed drastically. After swim and a change to her diet, she is her happy self again. Wants to walk and play again.

    I hope you have better luck getting answers from vets. I had an extremely frustrating few months with no answers and more prescriptions to mask symptoms. The underlying issue was never addressed. Please provide any updates!

  89. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 11:10 am | Permalink

    Hi Rory. Thanks for sharing. Health always starts in the gut, so a healthy diet is key to long term health, given the link of a diseased chronic leaky gut with other systemic issues in the body like joint issues, etc. Also try and not vaccinate your dog further, except for rabies as needed by law, because of the risk of vaccinosis down road.

  90. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 11:13 am | Permalink

    Lyme is still possible as initial tests may have been too soon before an immune response that would be picked up on tests. Regardless, after practicing in Lyme country for many years, I have found the combination of doxycycline and prednisone probably most effective in these type of cases, as even if lyme or other tick born disease positive, most of the lameness is due to immune inflammation rather than the bacteria itself i.e an autoimmune response by the patient, and thus the pred helps with that. Also put on good supplements like proanthozone, super joint enhancer, as well as yucca intensive. DONT use pred at same time as rimadyl

  91. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted July 30, 2014 at 11:16 am | Permalink

    Swimming/hydrotherapy very useful adjunct in cases like this as is veterinary acupuncture, etc

  92. Angela
    Posted August 1, 2014 at 7:59 pm | Permalink

    My 4 year old toy manchester terrior bella was diagnosed with lyme disease on july 7th (my birthday) now because she is already a small dog i have noticed she is looking very thin and i can see her ribs, she gets her pill every morning with peanut butter. The first few days she couldnt walk, then when she did it was with a limp, which i knew that was going to happen because of the lyme, but now it seems like her back legs have been a little stiff and its hard for her to jump up or even get up on her back legs, this is the first time she has done this in 3 weeks, its like one day she is fine and is the bright, happy, bubbly, playful dog that she always was before she got sick, and then the next day she is walking stiff and i dont understand i acpected that the medicine would prevent this from happening. Why is she still getting stiff? And why is she looking soooo thin?

  93. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted August 6, 2014 at 2:46 pm | Permalink

    I would see vet again, as could be other complications of lyme like kidney disease, etc Blood and/or urine analysis recommended here. Also could be other disease here besides lyme causing symptoms.

  94. Posted August 7, 2014 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    I have a 14 year old German Shorthaired Pointer in good health. A couple of years ago he was diagnosed with lyme disease and given medication he had a reaction to, it made his ears swell up and become thick and heavy. a few weeks ago he was given Cephalexin 500MG and has the same reaction to it.
    Two day ago he had surgery to remove a lump on his hind foot and he has four stitches on an incision on his foot. The Vet gave me Ampicillin 500MG for after surgery. Im scared to give him this Ampicillin since he has been very sensitive to antibiotics in the past. How important is it that I give him this to help his foot heal?

  95. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted August 9, 2014 at 2:30 pm | Permalink

    I would follow your vet’s instructions regarding the ampicillin, and see your vet if any reactions occur and/or any concerns come up.

  96. Florence
    Posted August 13, 2014 at 10:05 pm | Permalink

    my pekinese which is about 6 years old got lyme disease last year. the vet gave her a 30 day supply of antibiotics ..
    this summer the vet gave her another test and she has it again or still?
    should i give her another 30 day supply of antibiotics or should i do something else, she has not eaten today.. and her appetite is usually no problem…

  97. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted August 17, 2014 at 2:14 pm | Permalink

    ANimals will test positive for lyme disease for years after natural exposure but that does NOT mean they remain infected or symptomatic for the disease. In fact most dogs who are exposed to lyme disease, test positive, but NEVER show any symptoms. I would recommend vet recheck if signs persist to see if any other medical issues going on here.

  98. Paul
    Posted September 9, 2014 at 12:48 am | Permalink

    This morning my 9 year old chocolate lab/husky (shelter dog, so thats our vets best guess) seemed to wake up in pain and limping. At first i thought it was one of his back legs then the other. I checked gently to see if he was upset with me bending them slowly and he let me but he yelped a little when i pushed pretty softly on his back hip. Also, i live in Shenandoah VA, tick country, he get them sometimes. I think its lyme, my first question is do you agree? Its not an injury where he hurt himself, its seems something just appeared in him, internally. Second question is do I need to take him to the vet and put him on oxywhatever. I’d rather treat him with ledum, if thats gonna work? From what i’m reading at least putting him on that would help long term. I don’t have the money to take him to the vet. I hate seeing him like this too. i’ve been giving him half and asprin, he’s about 90 lbs, I’d guess. Oh, and can i use the ledum 30c while i wait for the ledum 1m to come in the mail (3-5 days shipped fast), looking around tonight I don’t think i’ll be able to find the 1m locally, I even have a two hour trip for the other kind. Thanks!

  99. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted September 9, 2014 at 5:55 pm | Permalink

    I would not assume lyme disease without test at vet. Ledum is ok to use short term, but I would not use it long term to treat lameness issue, as long term homeopathy best done under supervision of trained homeopathic vet.

  100. Rebecca Williams
    Posted September 17, 2014 at 12:15 am | Permalink

    My 7 year old basset became lethargic and unable to walk with no appetite. We took her to emergency vet on Labor Day and they ran tests for 3 days but never diagnosed her with Lyme disease. The vet did place her on a week of doxycycline along with some other antibiotics and pain meds. He released her and I took her home and spoke with my regular vet. She said it sounds like she had Lyme disease but no one mentioned an extended dose of antibiotics. Tonight (2 1/2 weeks later) she died after I rushed her to emergency vet. My question is if I had extended her doxycycline dosage, would it had prevented her death. She was breathing heavily and had blood tinged drool when she died. I’m beside myself if I could have prevented this.

  101. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted September 19, 2014 at 11:57 am | Permalink

    I highly doubt she had lyme disease, as dogs with lyme dont typically die like this so quickly. More likely she had some sort of tumor, given her breed, most likely in chest or abdomen, like the spleen. Hemangiosarcoma is a malignancy in dogs that an present this way. Only a necropsy can give you exact cause but Ihighly doubt she had lyme disease.

  102. Jayson
    Posted September 19, 2014 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Jersey is our Medium shorthair Dauschund, about 6 years old. About 1.5months ago she woke up and was limping on front leg. It got better on it’s own after about a day or so. About a week later she was limping again on the opposite front leg. It too went away on it’s own. About 3-4 weeks ago she seemed to not be feeling well, was running a temp of about 105. We took her to the emergency vet and $1700 later they said she may have an enlarged spleen and could have lymphoma. We did send off slides of an asprid of the spleen but it was negative for anything bad (not sure what they looked for specifically). We followed up with our regular vet and he said the spleen was enlarged but it was uniform, so unlikely a tumor or anything like that. We have had her on antibiotics for about two weeks and she has seemed 100% normal. He said continue these antibiotics for about 30 days. Well this morning she woke up and is suddenly holding her back leg up. (Went to bed 100% fine last night). We figured maybe it will get better on it’s own again like the last two times with the front legs. I checked on her a couple hours later and she was obviously in pain so I rushed her into the vet. She felt all around and nothing made the dog yelp, she said everything “felt” fine but did prescribe some meloxidyl liquid. I gave it about half hour ago but poor dog is still moaning and won’t lay still. I don’t know if the different leg pains and the fever are associated, or associated with today’s new symptom. She is otherwise a good healthy fun dog so I don’t know what has been going on. Hopefully someone can help. We are quickly going broke after spending upwards of $3000 now with no real answers or resolution. :-(

  103. Jayson
    Posted September 19, 2014 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Oh also a tick test was done and sent off that took two days. They said it was negative. We live in Colorado and I’m told ticks aren’t really a problem here. (I’ve never even seen one myself). We did go camping a few months ago and afterwards checked the dog. She does have a small bump in her armpit. But it hasn’t grown or changed since then. It’s underneath the skin.

  104. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted September 22, 2014 at 12:41 am | Permalink

    Given the breed, sounds like a back problem or disc issue which often does not even show up on routine x rays, although certainly your local vet can look for these on x rays. I would ask your vet for trial with pain meds like metacam, gabapentin and tramadol for a few weeks and see if limping goes away. If not, may need MRI of spine

  105. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted September 22, 2014 at 12:42 am | Permalink

    See my last response

  106. William
    Posted September 25, 2014 at 6:51 pm | Permalink

    Hello, my 5 year old Golden Retriever has tested positive for Lyme disease each of the last three years, including today. He has never showed symptoms and we were told by many that it was normal. This is the first year that he tested positive for Ehrlichiosis (or at least having the antibody). Should we be concerned, or is it a similar situation to the Lyme disease positive test? He has no symptoms and is in great overall health. I’ve been told by a former vet (now virologist) that we shouldn’t worry or do the additional tests unless he shows some signs on illness. Is that a solid plan? Thanks!

  107. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted September 26, 2014 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    Excellent questions. Answer would depend on which veterinary internal medicine specialist you speak to. Most vets DONT treat positive lyme tests, unless symptomatic. As for Ehrlichiosis, most vets will treat with 3 to 4 weeks of doxycycline, even if asymptomatic, due to the potential severity of this disease.

  108. Andrea
    Posted September 29, 2014 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

    Ive been enjoying reading this post its been quite informative. A few month ago my beagle 5-7y/o) tested positive for lyme and they talked me into doing another test for it as well. I was supposed to get a script for doxycycline but this was right at the time of the price spike and I couldnt afford $250 on top of the $400 from the appappointment. I felt very pressured and deceived by my vet, my dogs only sypmtom is lethargy but thats even hardly noticeable because hes never been super active. the only other concern I had was hes gotten very white this year but the vet didnt care. Do you think I need to treat it? Also have minocycline from my other dog would I be able to give him that? thanks

  109. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted September 29, 2014 at 3:56 pm | Permalink

    Minocycline is fine to use as a substitute. Check with your local vet…. Actually many other cheap antibiotics kill the bacteria that causes lyme disease just as well i.e amoxicillin, cephalexin, etc. Doxy covers other tick born diseases but these other two antibiotics work for lyme just as well!!!

  110. cori
    Posted October 1, 2014 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    hi,my 35lbs shelti was just diagnosed with lyme disease.the vet told me to put my dog on a diet and he gave me a script for minocycline 100mlx2 a dog did well but on the third day he started throwing up.i called my vet and they told me to give the dog pepcid ac ,feed the dog and wait 20 min before giving him the minocycline,i tried that and he still threw everything up.oh my dog was tested twice for lyme in 1 week and his quantitive c6 antibody test result was 51-u/ml. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  111. Jason
    Posted October 4, 2014 at 8:59 am | Permalink

    Hi my parents 5 yr old neapolitan mastiff was tested positive for lyme about 2 months ago. She had no real symptoms and it was just found during her routine check up. My parents put her on doxycycline for a normal cycle and she took it relatively fine.

    Recently for about 5-6 days or so she has been on and off limping on her front right leg. She doesn’t whimper at all on her own and doesn’t whimper when I try touching her to see if something is sore (maybe because shes such a large dog).

    Not sure if I should be worried or not. The limping isn’t consistent. Sometimes I can’t tell if she is limping or not, sometimes its obvious. She has had a decent amount of changes though. The week before she started limping I started walking her fairly regularly on the sidewalk. My parents also got a new couch and now the couch is off limits for her. So she typically lays on her doggy bed on her side now.

  112. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted October 4, 2014 at 3:31 pm | Permalink

    The limping should be checked out by a vet. Could be soft tissue injury from over exertion. I doubt secondary to lyme issue.

  113. DJ
    Posted October 24, 2014 at 12:02 am | Permalink

    Hey, I have a 4 yearold american bully…..she had been yeping and flea biting around her body leaving me to think she may have got bit my a tick maybe 3-5 days ago…., she is indoor dog 90% of the time, still eating and drinking normally but been acting lazy the last day or two…….what do you think? any home remedies? also do you think its a tick? or if it is will it cure herself without meds?

  114. DJ
    Posted October 25, 2014 at 1:28 am | Permalink

    Update: shes eating fine and drining fine….wont get up on stuff…yelping/whining at different times randomly…stool is normal…..being lazy and the whining getting more often or whatever hurting her more…..has a little bit of a fever and runny nose.

  115. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted October 26, 2014 at 8:26 pm | Permalink

    I would see vet for recheck and possibly additional prescription pain medications.

  116. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted October 26, 2014 at 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Best to have vet check and evaluation before I can make any specific recommendations. I would not assume tick born disease unless evaluated by vet. Hard to say if from tick bite or something else which is why a vet exam is recommended.

  117. ME
    Posted October 27, 2014 at 7:11 pm | Permalink

    I have an 8 month old boxer/beagle and recently discovered what looks to be 2 deer ticks on her neck. I removed them with tweezers and used rubbing alcohol and antibacterial soap. Both areas are read and scabby. My kids said they seen the 1st one over a week ago and thought it was a mole. Although she has no symptoms of Lyme disease, looking at the time line, I am fearful of her being infected. Please advise.

  118. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted October 28, 2014 at 3:17 pm | Permalink

    Most dogs who are exposed to lyme disease have NO symptoms of lyme and get over it find on their own. I would just monitor her, and see your vet if signs of lethargy or limping develop. I would recommend good tick prevention such as the pill Nexguard from 1800petmeds.

  119. Reeta
    Posted November 3, 2014 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    I have a four month old German shepherd who started limping with one leg and now both for the past three days. He also seems very lethargic , I have noticed he finds it very hard to get off his hind legs.
    We are in India in a small town and there isn’t many vets around. Plz help and advise
    Many thanks

  120. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted November 3, 2014 at 4:07 pm | Permalink

    Many possibilities from an injury to hip dysplasia. Unfortunately not much I can tell you to do over the internet, as this is one that needs a vet exam. You could try a natural remedy called Traumeel from 1800petmeds to see if it can help.

  121. Hailey
    Posted November 13, 2014 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    Hi Dr. Dym!

    My 5 yr old basset began limping on his left rear leg Saturday. Monday I took him in to the vet & the blood test came back for Lyme disease and he also has a yeast infection in between his toes on the same side as his lame leg. My vet believes limping is from L.D., & gave us antibiotics as well as ointment for the yeast infection. It’s now Thursday & he still has a limp and definitely isn’t himself–seems depressed & doesn’t have much of an appetite. Have you had experience with dogs not improving to the treatment from Lyme disease? Is it possible his limp is just from the yeast infection & will take more time to heal? The vet did an extensive exam of his hind legs & felt no other abnormalities. Thanks in advance!

  122. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted November 13, 2014 at 11:13 pm | Permalink

    HI Hailey. In my experience and opinion, lyme disease is WAY overidiagnosed as a cause of lameness in dogs. In many areas of the country MANY dogs are naturally exposed to lyme disease, and may test positive, but most NEVER develop any symptoms or get sick. The yeast infection is a possibility as a cause, as well as soft tissue injury, etc. The antibiotic most commonly used for lyme disease i.e doxycycline may cause loss of appetite in some pets. I would have a vet recheck and evaluation to tweak the meds and explore another cause or diagnosis of the lameness.

  123. Heather Rines
    Posted November 16, 2014 at 5:17 pm | Permalink

    Our 6 year old, 29 lb Beagle, Ellie was diagnosed with Lyme Disease, is in incredible pain and has been on antibiotics as well as Rimadyl for one week. The vet said she should be greatly better in 48-72 hours but after a week she isn’t showing any improvement, is still in great pain, unable to move much at all and doesn’t have much of an appetite. Does this sound like Lyme? Is it normal for a dog not to improve in this timeframe or should we be concerned?
    Thank you!

  124. Steph Rooks
    Posted November 16, 2014 at 9:02 pm | Permalink

    I took my 3y.o. Basset hound to the vet today after I noticed a decrease in appetite, lethargic behavior, and quivering. She tested positive in the snap test for Lyme, so she was given 30 day dose of doxy. My only concern is the quivering, I’ve researched and haven’t seen any mention of quivering being an associated side effect. Please advise me as to this being normal, or should I get a second opinion? I don’t feel like the quivering was addressed by the vet as it should have been because it was a major contributing factor to me noticing something wasn’t right with my dog.

  125. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted November 19, 2014 at 5:08 pm | Permalink

    Nonspecific quivering and/or trembling is not a specific sign of lyme disease.. Just that your dog is not in balance. A second opinion never a bad idea, but you may want to see if symptoms abate with the antibiotics after a few weeks. Sometimes lyme over blamed as a cause of symptoms in dogs, so a full workup including other blood work, x rays and/or ultrasound is sometimes needed.

  126. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted November 19, 2014 at 5:12 pm | Permalink

    Most cases that are sick from symptomatic lyme usually respond within a few days. I suspect there is another complicating disease or condition here. I would return to vet for full workup, including blood work and possibly x rays. Some dogs will need other pain meds like tramadol, gabapentin and/or even prednisone instead of the rimadyl. This breed also VERY prone to spinal DISC disease, which is my leading thought here, and in that case pred much better choice over rimadyl. Good luck and let me know how it goes.

  127. Heather Rines
    Posted November 19, 2014 at 7:07 pm | Permalink

    They did x-rays at her first visit as well as a complete blood workup and found nothing but Lyme. We have taken her back in and we were told that she is having a die off reaction and they added Gabapentin to her Rimadyl and Doxycycline. Unfortunately she’s still in a lot of pain, not able to move around and still doesn’t have much of an appetite. We called the Vet again today due to her pain not improving and were told that because we live in Maine the cold is effecting her joint pain. I was wondering if we could possibly give her an over the counter or natural joint relief medication?
    Thank You!

  128. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted November 19, 2014 at 7:15 pm | Permalink

    Gabapentin a good choice, as well as a more novel pain medicine like Amantadine which you can look up also on this website. As for other pain meds, try yucca intensive by azmira from 1800petmeds, as well as Tumeric, which is GREAT anti inflammatory at dose of 10-20 mg per pound once to twice daily which you can get from health food store. I personally like to approach these more holistically, so may be worthwhile looking into some of suggestions I made in my last answer. I dont buy the die off phenomenon.

  129. A.S.
    Posted December 5, 2014 at 2:43 pm | Permalink

    Our dog was diagnosed in July/August with Lyme after becoming increasingly lethargic and lame on one of her back legs (the diagnosis came several months after the first onset of limping, for which she was seen the prior April).
    She was placed on an antibiotic for about a month in addition to a steroid (I can’t recall the names of either) and after finishing the meds, seemed to have a great improvement in energy, although she still had a slight limp.
    She’s been getting more lethargic again lately, and barely puts any weight on her back leg. Her vet has run a battery of tests and xrays, but the entire office is stumped as to what is causing the limp. She’s just been placed back on another antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory. Their recommendation is to treat with an orthopedic specialist to see what’s going on with her leg.
    We can’t really afford the cost of a specialist, since I believe this could go into the $1000’s. Do you have any other recommendations on what we could do or where we could go? Are there any homeopathic options? Could the fact that she went so long undiagnosed mean that she now has permanent damage in her leg joints?

  130. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted December 6, 2014 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    I would not worry about permanent damage to her joints. From my experience as BOTH a 23 year experience traditionally trained vet and a holistic/homeopathic veterinarian, most of these nebulous diagnoses of “lyme disease” in dogs is WAY over diagnosed, as most dogs exposed and testing positive for lyme disease never develop symptoms or get sick, so that leaves us with what does a positive test mean? Which many still dont know. Most of these chronic lamenesses, if not due to a structural problem like torn ACL or patella luxation, are due to immune mediated inflammation of the joints and are usually managed with cortisone and/or other immune suppressive meds like atopica or cyclosporine. You would need to have joint taps for definitive diagnosis. I would encourage exploring a more holistic or homeopathic option, which is a chronic process of restoring health and balance, rather than a quick fix I can suggest here. To learn more about homeopathy, see the booklet on the website as well as the information on my website. Many homeopathic vets like myself do offer phone consultations..

  131. Heather Rines
    Posted December 6, 2014 at 6:08 pm | Permalink

    I just wanted to give an update on our Beagle, Ellie… For almost a month our girl was in terrible pain and my husband and I deciding we’d try one last medication before we very regretfully said our final goodbye to our little floppy eared beagle. We spoke with her amazing vet and she was thinking that on top of the Lyme Disease Ellie was having a spinal disc issue which is very common in her breed and that we should try a course of steroids. After just one dose Ellie’s pain began getting better, she wasn’t crying with her every move, she wasn’t shaking anymore, she was eating some again, and after a few days she was very close to being herself again. We are so beyond happy to have our girl back again!!
    ~Heather ~

  132. Holly
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 4:30 am | Permalink

    My 13 lb cockapoo tested positive for Lyme. Additional testing with Lyme C6, gave a number of 169 along with the suggestion of anything over 30 to be treated. I have not noticed symptons, but am concerned with her long term well-being. I read everything you say above about not treating without symptons, but since the titer showed active Lyme, I am a little uneasy not doing anything and leaving untreated. Might ledum be a solution? Or since it is active, would you suggest I treat with an antibiotic?

    Also..I have never been a fan of the spot tic treatments, but have used them reluctantly given the problems of tics in my area– rural PA where Lyme is rampant. We do spray the yard with Pyrethrin. Brevecto (Merck’s new oral tic preventative) was just suggested. Given its newness to the market and my reservations about overtreatment/over-vaccinating/over-medicating, etc, I am not 100% comfortable. What are your thoughts? Thank you :)

  133. Holly
    Posted December 9, 2014 at 4:32 am | Permalink

    Additional info: My cockapoo is 3.5 years.

  134. Manjula Dean
    Posted December 22, 2014 at 10:55 pm | Permalink

    Hi! I have an almost 15 year old female dalmatian/pointer mix. 2 years ago she suffered from two incidents ‘old dog vestibular disease’ a few months apart from eachother. She recovered to maybe 85% with loving care.
    Otherwise, she has had no physical problems that I know of.
    For the last year she has become increasingly stiff, walking with an arched back, and having difficulty standing without falling back slowly in to a sit position. Even in the sit position her front legs will begin to slide out from under her. She has also become fecally incontinent.
    One vet I saw simply said she is old and that “the pack would have killed her and eaten her by now” in the wild ! His diagnosis w/o x-rays was arthritis. He has her on Deramaxx.
    I finally went for a second opinion to another more hositically minded vet. She took x-rays and said suprisingly there was little arthritis noticeable in either her hips or back. The vet also said her reflexes & range of motion are good. She prescribed Adequin shots and laser therapy. My dog also tested low for thyroid, so vet put my dog on Soloxine.
    My dog doesn’t seem to be improving with the Adequin and laser therapy. And all I notice from Soloxine is a possible decrease in appetite, which is alarming as she is already very thin.
    It suddenly occurred to me that my dog could have Lyme disease. I live in No. California where we have lots of deer ticks. My dog is wobbly & unbalanced, lethargic, and depressed, with low appetite. Sometimes she limps noticeably, othertimes she is just very stiff looking.
    I’d love any advice you can give– I don’t want to just write off my dog as being old, if there is an actual disease process going on that I could help her with.

  135. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted December 25, 2014 at 9:41 am | Permalink

    Sorry to hear of her issues. Even though no obvious findings on x rays, that does not rule out underlying joint or in this situation more likely neurological spinal disease, based on your constitutional history of her symptoms of vestibular issues, etc MRI’s of spine would be needed, which are very expensive and not going to change how we manage her situation at this age. . The second vet does not sound too holistic to me, as I doubt this dog has a thyroid issue if she is thin to begin with. I would work with a constitutional homeopath, such as myself on a more individualized approach to the issue, using single constitutional homeopathic remedies, along with nutritional supplements over time to hopefully help with quality of life. I DONT think you will ever get a specific diagnosis of her issues, and I think the approach I outline here gives you the best option. To learn more about constitutional homeopathy, see the booklet on the website as well as the info on my website. Many constitutional homeopaths, like myself do offer phone consultations.

  136. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted December 25, 2014 at 10:19 am | Permalink

    HI Holly. Thanks for your well thought out question. I would consider consulting with a classical, constitutional veterinary homeopath, as I dont think ledum would be helpful in this situation, based on your description. To learn more about constitutional classical homeopathy, see the booklet on the website as well as my website Many homeopathic vets like myself do offer phone consultations. Homeopathy is not quick fix and requires, time, patience and commitment, but may be worth while exploring in this situation.

  137. Steph
    Posted December 28, 2014 at 8:09 pm | Permalink

    My dog has since been diagnosed with Addison’s disease, she had dormant Lyme disease. She had her initial Addison’s crash, and is now on a monthly injection and daily pill to treat her.

  138. Very confused
    Posted January 3, 2015 at 3:07 pm | Permalink

    My 11.2 pound, 6 year old poodle just tested positive for Lyme via the Tick Serology test done with his Heartworm test.

    The vet (my regular practice but a new vet there) wants me to bring in a urine sample before starting treatment. I’m confused as to why since his blood work already shows that he’s positive for Lyme, although Asymptomatic. My understanding is that she wants to check for proteins in the urine to check kidney function. If that urine test comes back normal, she recommends no Lyme treatment at this time but another Lyme test in the future. I’m definitely missing something…I still don’t understand how protein in the urine will change the fact that he tested positive for Lyme disease. Can someone explain? Thanks!

  139. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted January 7, 2015 at 7:11 am | Permalink

    Excellent questions. While there are no uniform standard treatments of lyme positive dogs, if your dog has no symptoms of lyme disease, than treatment is probably not indicated as most dogs who are exposed to lyme disease get over it on their own with no treatment, and a positive test simply means exposure at some point in the past, but NOT necessarily mean active infection, especially if no signs. Purpose of urine protein test is to check if your dog may have very rare form of lyme kidney disease known as lyme nephropathy, which is not likely given the breed, but if excessive protein in urine, should be treated.

  140. jennie
    Posted January 12, 2015 at 12:36 am | Permalink

    Hi I just got a free puppy that is 12 weeks old he’s a Chihuahua mix he was dirty and had one big tick on him I can feel the bones on his back like he needs more meat there but his belly is round he has a lot of energy and he eats good and pops fine but he farts a lot and it stinks so bad lol do u think he can be really sick I’m going to take him to the vet tomorrow to get his fist shots what do u think I should ask the vet to check on him do u think its going to cost alot ?

  141. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted January 16, 2015 at 1:02 am | Permalink

    At this age most likely has intestinal parasites so a stool check for that, as well as preventative worming likely indicated with pyrantel, nemex or panacure C, along with his vaccinations.

  142. Michael
    Posted January 31, 2015 at 9:54 am | Permalink

    I need a REAL opinion. Our vet just graduated in 2014 and I’m lacking faith in her abilities. We took our dogs in to get them checked after a bout of diarrhea with Sophie and their normal checkups. Both are Lhasapoo’s. Since one was 7 it was recommended to get senior blood work done. Upon receipt of the results we found that Sophie has kidney disease. Her BUN/UREA is 131 and her CREA is 1.9 and her ALB is 2.6. The VET asked if we wanted to do a Lyme disease test and her number came back positive at 89. We had the other dog tested and all her numbers were fine except for the fact she came back positive as well for Lyme at 84. Both were put on Minocycline by the VET although they NEVER had any symptoms of Lyme.
    Now I have a serious problem. Neither one of them will eat now. We tried starting Sophie, on the kidney food for her KD but she won’t eat it. Sadie, our other dog is acting the exact same way. The only thing I can get either of them to eat is Oscar Mayer Chicken/Pork bologna or Chicken Nuggets which neither of them are a good alternative to dog food however I need to get something into them as they are losing weight. I have about two weeks left on Sophie for her medicine and 3 weeks for Sadie. I can’t keep feeding them this stuff, especially Sophie who has Kidney Disease but doesn’t act like it and doesn’t show any symptoms.

    What recommendations can you give me because I hate to see them suffer like this without eating. They would always eat ANYTHING I would give them. I had them on the best dog food that money could buy that was totally natural but they don’t want it.The VET just keeps saying that it’s all about the quality of life for Sophie, like she doesn’t have much time left. Any suggestions would be IMMENSLEY appreciated by my girls.

  143. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted February 2, 2015 at 11:56 pm | Permalink

    Continue all medications unless instructed by your local vet. Consider home diets for kidney disease in book Dr Pitcairn’s guide to natural health for dogs and cats by Richard Pitcairn, DVM, phd which are much better than commercial diets.

  144. Sonia
    Posted February 3, 2015 at 9:07 am | Permalink

    Dear Doctor,

    1. About 10 days ago my 2 yr old Lab was diagnosed with Lyme disease after showing symptoms: ran 103.6 F fever, was very lethargic, stopped eating.

    2. Since then he is on
    a. Doxycycline 100 mg twice a day
    b. B complex
    c. Iron
    d. Liv 52

    3. He is not having fever since last three days for which I had given him Paracetamol 500 + Nimesulide 100 mg twice a day. I stopped it three days ago.

    4. But he has started limping since yesterday.

    5. Is it normal with Lyme?

    6. Will the limping go away on its own?

    Please help!

    thanks and regards

  145. Sandy
    Posted February 3, 2015 at 8:28 pm | Permalink

    I have 2 lhasa apso/poodle mix female dogs who both tested positive for lyme disease. Sophie is 7 and Sadie is 6. Sophie had the Senior blood work done which showed that she had kidney disease. The vet then tested her for Lyme and it was positive. So then we took in Sadie for the Lyme test she tested positive. I had the second test done ( titer) I believe and Sophies number was 89 and Sadies 84. The vet put them both on minocycline 50 mg. Both of my dogs WILL NOT eat. We have tried everything. I called my vet and was told that they have to have the treatment for Lyme Disease. But I don’t know how long they can go with out eating. If I stop their medication what harm can i do to them.?Sophie has 8 days left and Sadie has 14 days left. Thank you!

  146. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted February 9, 2015 at 11:14 pm | Permalink

    In my opinion if they are getting sick i.e loss of appetite from meds I would stop giving the antibiotics, but see your vet about this. Most of time lyme disease is due to autoimmune response, and not due to the bacteria. Therefore antibiotics themselves are not as important in my opinion

  147. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted February 9, 2015 at 11:17 pm | Permalink

    Most dogs who develop symptoms from lyme exposure suffer from an autoimmune component. See your vet about possible cortisone trial, as well as put on good supplements like super joint enhancer from 1800petmeds.

  148. matt
    Posted February 17, 2015 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    My 8 year old dog went untreated for lyme for about a month. When we took her in to vet, she went on 30 days of doxy then a week later she went on 10 more days because she still wasn’t doing well. At this point it has been 6 months later and she still shows symptoms. I have seen 3 vets and I swear that they know nothing but how to empty my wallet. She gets a fever time to time, non stop depression, stiff joints, arched back, can walk slowly but can not get off the bed herself. She eats as she always has but went from healthy 55lbs to bony 30. She still has control of her bladder and her mind is all there. Not sure what to do with this poor loved one at this point. I don’t want her to suffer, but it has been 6 months with no improvements…

  149. Nicolette M
    Posted February 24, 2015 at 6:19 pm | Permalink

    My 11 year old beagle just this Sunday woke up not being able to walk. He had a limp and was in a lot of pain. He was dignoised with arthritis before this so that’s what we thought it was. We took him to the vet and they gave us pain meds. Next day we was worse he could not walk at all not even go to the bathroom without help. Went to the get again this time different doctor. Said it was Lyme tested him and the next day blood work came back positive. Started him on antibiotics. Said he should be fine. But i am worried if he might not. Even tho he tested positive for Lyme, what if him not being able to walk wasn’t the Lyme disease and he does not get better? Is there other diseases that can cause this?

  150. Kami
    Posted March 3, 2015 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    I have an 11 year old Beagle as well and she has had intermittant limping in her front leg for years now accompanied by pain in her spine when she goes through her dog door. Some days she will not use her leg at all and I know that can not be good for the rest of her body compensating. X-rays show nothing except good bone structure. We thought it was arthritis but there hasn’t been any pain or muscle medication that helps for more than a couple of days. We have recently started her on Gabapentin along with her muscle relaxers and pain meds. We have a secondary Vet that has just started treating her with accupunture, red light therapy and manipulation. She recommended we start her on a bone broth and grain free diet and we started that about a week and a half ago. She recommended we have her tested for Lyme. We are taking her friday to have her tested. She told us that she has a lot of inflammation present and suggested we start her on Zeel 2xday which we have done. Is there any advice you can give on top of what we are doing or meds we should take her off of?

  151. Rich
    Posted March 17, 2015 at 9:48 am | Permalink

    I believe my dog had Lyme disease took many many ticks out of her in the past, is it safe to treat her without a costly vet bill, the doxycycline should be safe to give her without a diagnoses correct? I saw you state there have been no known short or long term side effects from the antibiotic she just out of nowhere got lazy with limping in the hind legs, We have stairs to the outside so very worried.

  152. Melinda
    Posted March 18, 2015 at 11:34 am | Permalink

    I have a Bichon and in 2013 he was tested a low positive and I gave him a round of antibiotics. Just had him in the vets office for a check up and regular shots and he has tested for a low positive again. We are in New York and our warmest day in about 3 or more months was 45 degrees a few days ago. No ticks seen. Since he has shown no symptoms, should I start the antibiotics again or not?

  153. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted March 18, 2015 at 12:27 pm | Permalink

    Given he has no symptoms, I would NOT treat routinely for this condition. A positive test only indicates that he has prior exposure to lyme disease, not current infection with clinical symptoms.

  154. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted March 18, 2015 at 12:30 pm | Permalink

    Doxycycline should not be a problem, although we dont like to use antibiotics for noninfectious conditions, this antibiotic has known anti inflammatory effects.

  155. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted March 18, 2015 at 1:22 pm | Permalink

    Sounds like good approach, although I think lyme disease testing a waste of time and money, as even if positive for exposure, that likely has nothing to do with chronic symptoms. Zeel is fine to try short term, but dont use more than a few weeks if it does not help. Other options include Tumeric at dose of 10 mg per pound twice daily added to your regimen, as well as great joint supplement like glycoflex III from 1800petmeds. You could also consider totally new and alternative approach like classical homeopathy. To find a homeopath trained in your area, see list of vets at

  156. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted March 18, 2015 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

    Sorry to be so late in getting back to you on this, but in this breed I most commonly think of intervertebral disc disease and inflammation as causing these issues, even if lyme test is positive, that only means animal has been exposed to lyme, not necessarily causing current symptoms. Even the antibiotic doxycycline has anti inflammatory properties, so even using it in pets WITHOUT lyme infection can help. I hope your dog is feeling better.

  157. Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian
    Posted March 18, 2015 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

    HI Matt. Sorry to be so late in getting back to you, but most of these cases of chronic lyme like symptoms are NOT due to the organism but due to an overactive or autoimmune response. In most cases immunosuppressive meds like prednisone and/or atopica/cyclosporine are needed. I would recommend you consult with a veterinary internal medicine specialist

  158. Sandy
    Posted April 12, 2015 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    I have a 3- or 4 yr-old Pitbull/Lab mix. He’s a rescue, so not extactly sure of his age. Took him out a few weeks ago for a good run after a long winter mostly spent inside. Next day I noticed one front paw very swollen. He wasn’t limping or favoring it in any way. Later in the day, I noticed the other front paw a getting slightly swollen. Again no limping or favoring at all. Made a vet appointment for the next day. All swelling had gone down by the morning of the vet appointment, but I took him anyway. He was diagnosed with Lyme disease, vet said it hasn’t affected any organs, but put him on 300 mgs of Minocycline for 30 days. It’s been two weeks now. I’ve had to skip the pills several days already as he is not interested in food like he used to be and I can’t give med without it. He’s also had diarrhea since starting the med, so vet suggested another antibiotic for that. I said no way. Vet then suggested Immodium, 2mgs every 12 hours. That only seems to help on days that I’m not giving him the med. I’m conflicted… if I give him the med, he doesn’t eat and has terrible diarrhea. If I don’t, I may be making his Lyme disease worsen? Really not sure what to do here at all. Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you for your time!!

  159. Melissa
    Posted April 13, 2015 at 6:28 pm | Permalink

    I just adopted a 155 Great Pyrenees from the SPCA. He tested positive for lyme disease and they gave me a prescription for doxy. Because of his size, he has to take 16 pills a day which have led him to throw up and lose his appetite. I called the vet and we took him off the Doxy for now to get his stomach back to normal. I was wondering if it is beneficial to give my dog a lesser dose for a longer than 30 day time period so that it doesn’t upset his stomach OR if given him a lesser dose, won’t provide him with any benefits. He is not showing any symptoms of lyme disease at this time. He has a good appetite and seems perky.

  160. Bryan Kollwitz
    Posted April 27, 2015 at 9:37 am | Permalink

    my 5 year old female yorkie tested positive for Lyme disease by the vet. she isn’t eating and hasn’t been for almost 5 days now. when she first started acting ill we took her to the vet and she spent 3 days there on iv and getting medication.. well after spending almost 2000.00 there the vet basically threw there hands up and told us to take here to Purdue animal hospital.. Purdue called and said it was going to be about 3000.00 to get things rolling… We decided that we would bring her since she was acting better and hopefully she would eat… well 2 days later and she’s still not eating does anyone have any advice she was a little porker and im thinking that has helped her so far however I know she has to eat and we have tried everything even giving her baby food with syringe for the past 2 days please help she has being treated with .5 doxycycline

  161. Posted May 2, 2015 at 12:10 am | Permalink

    My 11 pd Doxie had a Lyme Blood Test taken and tested Positive for it. The next day I got her 1st morning urine sample and took it to the vet. She said they would call the following day and give me the results. They never call so I called them. They said it would be in that day. It’s been 3 days and no call. They told me if it was positive they would start her on antibiotics for 30 days and she would need the vaccine every year. She has no symptons at all. Should she take the antibiotics & vaccine? Thank You So Much For All That You Do !!

  162. Cynthia
    Posted May 10, 2015 at 8:08 am | Permalink

    I got my 6 year old shi Tzu treated for lyme, doxycycline 2x 3 weeks. He was fine taking them with his food and there were no changes in his body (he was having bouts of lameness and limping before he was treated) Now, a week after finishing his treatment he is having difficulty moving (like before with the lameness and not walking), whines if u move his forelimbs and has a slight fever. Is this normal after treatment?

  163. Rose
    Posted June 1, 2015 at 6:21 pm | Permalink


    I have a purebred, 15 yr old Jack Russell. I found a tick on his face about 4 months ago. He was showing some lameness on his legs but quickly recovered. Recently, we noticed some weight loss and sleeping a lot but up until last week, he was able to walk with me with no problem. This week, he was unsteady on his feet, abdominal pain (when pressed by the vet), weight loss, moaning and groaning at times, and at times, breathing heavily. Took him to a vet this morning, ran some tests (blood test/x-ray/lyme disease). He tested positive for Lyme’s and it now being given antibiotics/IV fluids. He is taking doxy starting today. His lab tests showed abnormal values in his creatinine and BUN level. Other than that, the rest of the blood test was normal. Question is what is the best treatment (I like to treat my dogs holistically) for Lyme related kidney disease? Thanks.

  164. Krissy
    Posted June 5, 2015 at 1:08 am | Permalink

    I’m very worried about my Pomeranian he is 4 yrs old, I found a tick on him today, but he has been having loss of appetite fevers and even seizures could this be signs of Lyme disease, we have an inseparable bond and I don’t want to take him to our vet in my area she always suggests I have them euthanized please help I’m desperate

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  166. Lisa
    Posted June 25, 2015 at 9:44 am | Permalink

    Dr. Dym,
    Last Tuesday, my 8 month old Great Dane became non weight bearing on her left hind leg. My first thought was an ACL tear so the following day I took her in for an exam. On exam, she had a fever and was very sore and lethargic. She was admitted and started on fluids; injectable doxy and penicillin. We did inhouse bloodwork and sent out a tick panel and lepto test. The inhoise blood panel showed an extremely high WBC count and a fairly low RBC count. Thankfully the lepto test came back negative but the tick panel showed a positive lyme result. As she presented with the symptoms of lyme, she was released and sent home with doxy, deramax, and clavamox. After her first dosage of these meds she vomited 4 times and one instance had what appeared to be a blood clot. Her stool was dark and tarry in color so the doctor told us to stop the deramax and come in for sucralfate and cerenia. Since stopping the deramax and starting the sucralfate and cerenia, she has had no more instances of vomiting. My new concern is that she is inappetant. She will pick at her bland diet, chicken and rice, and gnaw on the chicken but spit the chewed pieces out. I have resorted to syringe feeding her i/d so she is getting some sustenance. Is the doxy causing her inappetance or should I be concerned with some other underlying issue? She seems interested in food but unable to eat. Not sure whether this is due to the lyme, a side effect of the doxy, or some other unrelated issue. Is it time to visit a specialist? Any help you could give me would be much appreciated.

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