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    Default Dogs, Lyme Disease & Geocaching

    Heads up to all of you that bring your dogs out caching with you....

    Our dog was bitten by a tick last summer and this past friday was diagnosed as having a severe case of Lyme disease. There is no way to tell where she got it, but we're all out there in the woods together and Lyme disease is out there. I cannot begin to tell you how badly I feel for her, she is in a lot of pain and hopefully this will make a few of you at least aware of this fact and maybe prevent you and your dog from going through what we are right now.

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    I'm so sorry to hear of your dogs problem.. I've owned dogs all my life & they're my best friends so I know what you're going thru. I also spend a lot of time in the wilds..ie toolieweeds.. so it is a concern of mine as well. I get my girl "Friday" vetted twice a year & keep her on the heartworm+ repellant year round as well as a flea collar & if the "skeeters & blackflys" are bad I hit her with a light coat of a 20% DEET spray. When we return from an 'outing' she gets the bath (as do I) & I check her all over for any cooties that may have attached themselves (as do I).
    Again.. I'm real sorry your pup got nailed with a tic. I wish you and your pup all the best..
    Take care & best wishes.

    ..JW..

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    Unhappy So sorry.....

    Thank you for sharing this as a lesson to us all, to be careful of ticks and the risks they pose. I've owned dogs (or they've owned me!) for my whole life as well, and I am sorry to hear that you and your dog are facing this.
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    Lyme disease sucks! I'm so sorry to hear your dog is having to go through this. Is she on antibiotics now? We were able to get a lyme vaccine for Moxie last year, and she's due for her booster soon. We have her on Frontline Plus and Heartguard as well.
    Wishing you and your pup the best!

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    After my last pup had a severe case of Lymes, I had the REAL Quoddy given the vaccine as soon as he was old enough, and regular boosters too. Unfortunately that didn't help me when my Lymes went undiagnosed for a long time, and even after a long treatment I never really physically got back to my former self.
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    Yes, she's nearing the end of the first week on antibiotics and will need a booster shot soon, Oi! this sucks!

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    What are the symptoms of lyme disease in dogs?

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    Well this winter she started being really lame, especially after a walk or lots of play time so I took her to the vets after a return home one night and she couldn't stand up. I tell you what, that broke my heart! She's an American Bulldog and they are bred to withstand pain and take down bulls if asked to I knew she was hurting, also the breed is prone to hip displasia so I thought it might be that, the vet took an x-ray and said thet her hips looked great and said that she might have over done it and strained muscles. Gave her pain meds and we went home. Well, I took our Boxer puppy in for rabies and ended up taking the Bulldog in for a lyme test because the vet told me that they were seeing lots more of it so they took blood and tested it and it immediately came back positive. Now there is no way to tell where she got it since I take her almost everywhere I go and especially geocaching. She's now almost done her three week dose of antibiotics and will go back for a lyme booster on may 1st and hopefully that will put it into remission, (so I'm told) we'll see. I will say though I think she's feeling better from the antibiotics, not nearly as sore and lame. Since my dog was diagnosed, I've been telling other people I know about this and a friend of mine who owns two dogs went looking for them just to see, found 2 tick on 1 dog and 1 on the other, just sunday my sister found a tick on her dog as well. These are people right in this area!!! Hopefully they will be ok!

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    Just so no one really gets all alarmed about finding ticks on their animals though but not to downplay it there are a few kinds of ticks and only the deer tick is the one that carries Lyme disease. Most ticks that you will find on an animal are wood ticks and quite large. The deer tick is really small, about the size of a pin head. I think we had some good info posted in pur links section if you want to know more about the specifics regarding ticks.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haffy6
    Just so no one really gets all alarmed about finding ticks on their animals though but not to downplay it there are a few kinds of ticks and only the deer tick is the one that carries Lyme disease. Most ticks that you will find on an animal are wood ticks and quite large. The deer tick is really small, about the size of a pin head. I think we had some good info posted in pur links section if you want to know more about the specifics regarding ticks.
    uhhh the link doesnt work to the lyme disease website...
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