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Old December 15th 06, 02:57 AM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
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I just recently moved from Southern Arizona to Northern Virginia. I
took my 4 year old Black Lab to the vet within 1 week of moving. They
took a blood sample and said he had a high count of ??? and possible
had Lyme disease. The vet prescribed doxycycline. An extra sample was
taken and sent to the Laboratory for further testing (C6). I received a
call from the vet today stating that the normal level would be under
30. His count is 264! My lab seems to be in perfect health and shows NO
symptoms of Lyme that I have read about. My question is:

Is it possible to get Lyme disease from a tick in less than a week
during the winter? I ask this assuming that there was no chance that he
got this in Arizona.

Also the count of 264 seems outrageous and I am wondering if there is
anything that may show a "false positive" Any feedback would be
EXTREMELY appreciated as I am VERY worried for my dog!

Thank you


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Old December 15th 06, 03:18 AM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
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On 14 Dec 2006 18:57:14 -0800, wrote:

I just recently moved from Southern Arizona to Northern Virginia. I
took my 4 year old Black Lab to the vet within 1 week of moving. They
took a blood sample and said he had a high count of ??? and possible
had Lyme disease. The vet prescribed doxycycline. An extra sample was
taken and sent to the Laboratory for further testing (C6). I received a
call from the vet today stating that the normal level would be under
30. His count is 264! My lab seems to be in perfect health and shows NO
symptoms of Lyme that I have read about. My question is:

Is it possible to get Lyme disease from a tick in less than a week
during the winter? I ask this assuming that there was no chance that he
got this in Arizona.


I'm not sure why you would assume that. I'd think it was more likely
that he did pick it up in AZ.

Also the count of 264 seems outrageous and I am wondering if there is
anything that may show a "false positive" Any feedback would be
EXTREMELY appreciated as I am VERY worried for my dog!


I don't know where your vet sent the blood; some labs are better than
others for tick-borne diseases. Protatek in Arizona is one of the
best labs for TBDs, so if you have any doubts, you could have a sample
sent there for a TBD panel.

Mustang Sally


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Old December 15th 06, 04:08 AM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
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Thanks for the reply. According to my vet in AZ and further research, there
really are no cases of Lyme disease in dogs around that area.

I'm not sure why you would assume that. I'd think it was more likely
that he did pick it up in AZ.


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On 14 Dec 2006 18:57:14 -0800, wrote:

I just recently moved from Southern Arizona to Northern Virginia. I
took my 4 year old Black Lab to the vet within 1 week of moving. They
took a blood sample and said he had a high count of ??? and possible
had Lyme disease. The vet prescribed doxycycline. An extra sample was
taken and sent to the Laboratory for further testing (C6). I received a
call from the vet today stating that the normal level would be under
30. His count is 264! My lab seems to be in perfect health and shows NO
symptoms of Lyme that I have read about. My question is:

Is it possible to get Lyme disease from a tick in less than a week
during the winter? I ask this assuming that there was no chance that he
got this in Arizona.


I'm not sure why you would assume that. I'd think it was more likely
that he did pick it up in AZ.

Also the count of 264 seems outrageous and I am wondering if there is
anything that may show a "false positive" Any feedback would be
EXTREMELY appreciated as I am VERY worried for my dog!


I don't know where your vet sent the blood; some labs are better than
others for tick-borne diseases. Protatek in Arizona is one of the
best labs for TBDs, so if you have any doubts, you could have a sample
sent there for a TBD panel.

Mustang Sally





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Old December 15th 06, 03:09 PM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
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wrote in message:S

I just recently moved from Southern Arizona to Northern Virginia.


From one Northern Virginian to another, Welcome!

Is it possible to get Lyme disease from a tick in less than a week
during the winter? I ask this assuming that there was no chance that he
got this in Arizona.


He probably caught it back in Arizona. According to the CDC, there were
only 45 human cases of Lyme in Arizona in the past 10 years, but I read
elsewhere that the disease is seriously underreported/underdiagnosed in that
part of the world, and the estimate is that only one in 1000 are reported.

I am VERY worried for my dog!


Honestly, it is very treatable. Mid-Atlantic appears to be Tick Central, so
you will need to be quite vigilant about the whole tick thing. Don't rely
on top-spot treatments like Frontline, and always do tick checks, daily if
possible. I've gone through 3 cycles of Lyme treatment between 2 dogs, and
they're both fine now. Two of the times we caught it, neither was
symptomatic.

Suja


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Old December 16th 06, 01:26 AM posted to rec.pets.dogs.health
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Default Need Help!!! Lyme disease

Lymes can clear up with one round of doxy but it's not uncommon for the
levels to not go down for over a year so don't expect that this will clear
it up especially with a level this high.

Buddy didn't show any signs of Lyme when I got him but her had a level of
132 and even after treatment he's still a high positive. I'm getting him
tested again in June and if it's still high he gets treated again. He still
shows no signs of Lyme but it's a nasty disease that can cause permanent
irrevocable damage so it has to be treated even if they dog appears fine.

I suggest you join the Tick_L list for more information. They are the
experts on this since many of them have been battling this with their dogs
for a long time

http://saluqi.home.netcom.com/ticklinks.htm




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I just recently moved from Southern Arizona to Northern Virginia. I
took my 4 year old Black Lab to the vet within 1 week of moving. They
took a blood sample and said he had a high count of ??? and possible
had Lyme disease. The vet prescribed doxycycline. An extra sample was
taken and sent to the Laboratory for further testing (C6). I received a
call from the vet today stating that the normal level would be under
30. His count is 264! My lab seems to be in perfect health and shows NO
symptoms of Lyme that I have read about. My question is:

Is it possible to get Lyme disease from a tick in less than a week
during the winter? I ask this assuming that there was no chance that he
got this in Arizona.

Also the count of 264 seems outrageous and I am wondering if there is
anything that may show a "false positive" Any feedback would be
EXTREMELY appreciated as I am VERY worried for my dog!

Thank you




 




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