My Dog Tested Positive for Lyme Disease

 
Filed under Dr. Dym's Vet Blog
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.

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42 Comments

  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?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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

    Hello,

    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!!!!!

    Andrew

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  3. NANCY SMITH
    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

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  4. NANCY SMITH
    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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Limping on both front legs is not typical presentation.

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  5. 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?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  6. 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?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  7. 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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Answered above.

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  8. 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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  9. 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?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  10. 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?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  11. 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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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 http://www.beyondflatearth.com or my website http://www.doctordym.com Many homeopathic vets like myself do offer phone consultations.

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    Lindsay Reply:

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

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  12. 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.
    thanks

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  13. 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 )\

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  14. 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?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  15. 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?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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

    The ticks were found on him early this past fall.

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  17. 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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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 http://www.beyondflatearth.com as well as my website http://www.doctordym.com Many homeopathic vets do offer phone consultations.

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  18. 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?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  19. 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!!

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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 http://www.doctordym.com

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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    Kelley Reply:

    Thank-you!!

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

    hi,
    I would appreciate your reply regarding my query on Ehrlichia and rimadyl please.
    Thanks,
    Louise

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  21. 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

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

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

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  22. 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?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  23. 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.?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  24. 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?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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 http://www.beyondflatearth.com as well as my website http://www.doctordym.com Many homeopathic vets do offer phone consultations.

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  25. 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?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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

    Hello,
    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.

    Cara

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    hi Cara. You could try Bio Tic clip which you can find on line as well as http://www.wondercide.com

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  27. 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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  28. 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.

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  29. 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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  30. 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.

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  31. 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?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  32. 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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  33. 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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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 http://www.beyondflatearth.com as well as my website http://www.doctordym.com 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.

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  34. 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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  35. 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?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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 http://www.beyondflatearth.com as well as my website http://www.doctordym.com Many homeopathic vets do offer phone consultations. Advanced situation of kidney failure/nephritis, but hoping you can still help her

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  36. 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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  37. 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?

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  38. 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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  39. 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..

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    Sounds like a great case for homeopathy. Learn more about homeopathy by seeing booklet on http://www.beyondflatearth.com 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 http://www.doctordym.com

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  40. 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!!

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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 http://www.doctordym.com

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  41. 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.

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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.

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  42. 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

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    Dr. Michael Dym, VMD veterinarian Reply:

    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

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