10-26-2017, 06:07 PM
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| | tick-borne diseases in USA dogs
Originally Posted by JohnR
One additional cause that you might want to talk about with your vet is tick-borne illnesses.
Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever can cause neurological symptoms.
I lost my 1st heart-dog to UNtreated, mis-diagnosed Lyme disease -
he went from healthy & active to barely able to get up from lying down, in just 2-weeks' time.
[My then-vet blamed it on "rheumatoid arthritis", which made no sense - how could a dog with severe RA have swum an eighth of a mile in cold spring-fed quarry water, rested 20-mins with me, & swum back again easily, just a week B4 his mysterious symptoms began?
And RA does not explain his night-time anxiety, when he'd come to me with his heart galloping erratically, pounding so hard i could see the feathers on his brisket tremble with each heavy beat - he'd be panting, with a fever of 102'F or a little more.]
for the USA, here are good websites on tick-borne diseases & dogs:
7 Major Canine Tick-Borne Diseases - Wide Open Pets
RECORDED cases of 4 tick-borne diseases [USA & Canada]
Map of ticks and diseases ? dogs and ticks
Ehrlichiosis, Lyme disease, anaplasmosis, & heartworm -
click on Ur state to see Dx'd cases for Ur area; bear in mind that many cases are never Dx'd, & thus numbers are under-reported; the risk of infection could be higher than the data here indicate, but will def not be 'lower'.