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Old 12-03-2015, 12:35 PM
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Just so you know you never "get ride of" Lyme Disease. I got it when I was 5 years old and have "flame ups" of symptoms multiple times in my life (mostly when I am stressed).

The other thing to know about Lyme is that your second, third, fourth, etc infection occurrence of it is progressively worse. Antibiotics tend to be less effective. The second time I was bitten I ended up in the hospital for 3 days when the first time I only slept for 24 hours straight. Also once a person/dog test positive for Lyme they will always test positive for Lyme because those antibodies are there and that is what they are testing for.

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I am pretty sure that Lyme attacks the immune system the same way for dogs (causing kidney failure) as it does for humans.
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The SNAP test where I work measures only for the presence of Lyme antibodies, which indicate previous exposure, but not necessarily current disease process. If a dog is positive on that test, but not symptomatic, possible options might be:
1. dog is treated with antibiotics as a precautionary measure
2. blood antibodies are measured by another test (quant. c6 or other) to determine if there is "active" immune response/infection, then treatment is done pending those results
3. owner monitors dog for symptoms, will treat if they become symptomatic

Which of those is chosen depends primarily on owner choice, though different doctors will push some options harder than others. If treatment is done, usually follow up bloodwork is recommended to see that the titer levels are falling accordingly, but I would say a large percentage of people we see don't do it if their dogs are doing well.

This sounds similar to what your vet is recommending, though you didn't say whether they had already done a quant. c6 or just a 4dx at this point
What is Lyme Disease? | Testing & Treatment for Dogs | VCA Animal Hospitals

This has 2 short blurbs from Internal Med specialists debating both sides, apparently even the experts have differing opinions

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ACVIM Small Animal Consensus Statement on Lyme Disease in Dogs: Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention - Littman - 2008 - Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine - Wiley Online Library

Guessing that probably didn't help much, as there are so many differing opinions, even among vets. It doesn't sound like your vets prescribed treatment is out of the norm
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My experience was what Busannie said about her vet. Cady tested positive for Lyme at 1 year old on a snap test. She had no symptoms & it was up to me whether I wanted to treat it. I did, only because she was crawling with ticks only a month before when we hiked at Christmas during a warm spell, so I felt it was likely a new infection that hadn't shown symptoms yet. She never showed any symptoms. I heard she will always test positive, so if she gets symptoms I guess you treat again. I really worry about erlichiosis, so will continue to do a snap test every year.
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