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I hope someone can help me. My dog who is approx. 13 years old started feeling sick about a month or so ago. He was just laying around not doing much when he is usually full of energy. He tested positive for the rapid lyme disease test and was put on antibiotics (doxycycline) and temaril-p. He also gave him a shot of dexamethasone , after he was done with the antibiotic, I took him back to the vet who had bloodwork sent away and that test came back high for lyme. The vet said it was supposed to be 30 and it was 122. Now he is on amoxicillen. But he is not getting any better. He is just laying around, barely gets up. Shakes when he is resting. Can't walk up the stairs. And now the area around one of his eyes has a bald spot. Poor appetite. Although when he was on the Temaril -p, he was eating a lot more than usual but he isn't on that anymore. My dog is usually full of life and I feel like he is dying in front of my eyes. I don't know what to do. I've already spent over $1000 dollars that I can't afford in vet visits with xrays and bloodwork. The xrays showed a collapsed trachea and a slightly enlarged heart. Also , on his blood work, even though the vet said it all came back fine,I asked for a copy and according to it.. he has low lymphocytes and a high platelet count. He also had a blood chemistry test but that didn't show anything other than slightly high AST(SGOT) , slightly high ALK Phosphatase, and slightly low Calcium. Could this all be from the lymes disease or could something else be going on?
 

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That happened with mine he had to take two rounds of the antibiotics. The meds cause a stomach ache so they don't want to eat. I have never seen a dog so sick.
Mine also drooled a lot.
 

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If your pet has Lyme's disease for a while, some of the damage is done and getting rid of the organisms may not alleviate all the symptoms. You may have to stay on the cortisone for an extended period of time, or some other antinflammatories. As for the other blood test results, none are very significant. Not sure what you mean by a 'slightly low Calcium' but if just a few tenths below normal it would hard to attribute anything specific to that. If more than a whole point below normal, that could be a problem. Should just ask your vet (usually free to do that).
 

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I've had Lyme

myself for more than 30 years, doctors think. I've been taking antibiotics in an effort to eradicate it for more than three years. I joined this forum just so I could respond to your post. First of all, please don't allow them to give your dog any steroids. They can make the infection worse. Most ticks infected with Lyme are also infected with other diseases. I tested positive for Lyme, Babesia and Anaplasma--most likely all contracted from the same tick. Do you know whether your vet tested for co-infections as well as for Lyme?

Here's the problem--all of the tests for Lyme and the co-infections are notoriously inaccurate. Even if the vet DOES test for co-infections, there is a high likelihood that the results will be inaccurate. But if they test and they DO come up positive, at least you'll get treatment from the vet. For how long did your dog take doxy? He'd need it for at least 30 days, if not longer. But Babesia requires a completely different medication, and your dog won't feel better until all tick-borne diseases are under control.
 

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Doxy is not a very effective lyme treatment. I have lyme ad well and I took Doxy for the required amount of time which did not eradicate it. I had to go for a second prescription of Doxy and again it did not eradicate.

There are herbs that can keep the disease at bay but once lyme disease is established it is almost always impossible to get rid of. I don't know if the herbs that I know of are good for dogs but here are two that I know of.
1. Colloidal silver
2. This: Ultimate Lyme System - Results RNA

Those are both natural antibiotics that people with lyme have seen a difference with. But for dogs it could be different.
I hope you find something. Good luck.
 

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First, let me say I'm sorry this has happened to your dog - and you!!

I am a member of the lyme advisory board of our local support group. Info here is correct such as no steroids (causes way more problems) and the notorious inaccuracy of tests. Doxy will hit the borreliosis bacteria, but it doesn't do much for the co-infections that come in with the bite (babesia, bartonella, erlichia, anaplasmosis). If the infection is new the best bet is to do at least 2 months of doxy In addition, do the research and do all you can to build the dog's immune system. Herbs, homeopathy and diet are the tools. Also, milk thistle is helpful to remove the toxin build up.

Here is a website from a holistic vet who lays out his approach to lyme.

It is not unusual for bloodwork to be completely normal while lyme is raging in the body. It truly is a stealth infection. The shaking most likely is an indicator that the bacteria are in the central nervous system.

Lyme can affect the heart in some people, so I guess it would be the same in dogs. It's lyme carditis.
 

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Jeru, do you have any first hand experience with Results-RNA? I get so many requests from people that cannot afford lyme literate doctors that are looking for natural treatments. I have things I recommend, but am always looking for more.
 

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Jeru, do you have any first hand experience with Results-RNA? I get so many requests from people that cannot afford lyme literate doctors that are looking for natural treatments. I have things I recommend, but am always looking for more.
Unfortunately I do not have any first hand experience with this stuff yet. But I will soon. I have heard the most successful treatment stories linked to this stuff, so it does give me a glimmer of hope. Hopefully not a false one.. There are no lyme literate doctors any where near where I am at, so I have had to research and do things for myself.
 

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I second to stay away from steriods. They are a very nasty drug!
There are people and animals that do well with natural treatments that are out there....Be careful when searching, make sure you get help from someone and products from a company that is legit. Don't look for cheap deals you usually are not getting the real product in these cases. Have you heard of a company by the name of 4 Life?
 

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laure8929-I have a 13 year old lab/shepherd mix that has been on doxy for a week and is getting worse. Her hind legs aren't working right and she is not eating. If you or ANYONE has had results PLEASE respond asap!!!! This dog is my everything, and I don't want to lose her. PLEASE HELP!!!!
 

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Dog with Lyme NOT getting better

PLEASE HELP!!! My 13 year old lab/shepherd mix has been on doxy for a week. Only improved for a day and now is worse again....can anyone help?!?:(
 

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northernlitez, I'm not a vet and cannot guarantee anything, but please give the doxy time. In treating humans with lyme, they tend to get worse before they get better due to bacteria die off. It may be the same for your dog.

Here's hoping that's it and she will recover.
 
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