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Hi,

I've been searching the internet for all the causes and illness, but I'm stuck. So this is the situation. We are living in a small town, and 10 days before, my Labrador retriever was bitten by a tick. I thought nothing serious and removed that tick myself. Four days passed, I was walking in a park with my lab(it was a sunny hot day) and when we get back home I noticed that he started panting fast and heavily even when lying on the ground.

I thought something is wrong and took him straight to our local vet. Told him about that tick and he injected something against Babesiosis. Also some antibiotics. My dog's body temperature was 102. Now he has been on antibiotics course for 5 days and his condition is getting even worse.

He is very tired all the time, wants to lie, sleeps all day, breathing fast and drinks lots of water. Urinates for like a minute, but not that frequently. Eating is normal and he wants to eat, also no diarrhea. Today that vet tested a urine sample and said that everything looks normal. He doesn't know what could be that inflammation cause... I don't know what to do, how to help my boy and it's breaking my heart :( :(
 

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If you can, get a second opinion. Lyme disease can cause all kinds of issues on organs, some of which could cause shortness of breath. It is possible that your dog might need a different antibiotic, or perhaps it is not related to the tick bite at all.

The vet might need to run different kinds of tests to see what is going on. If it is kidney or heart related your dog might need other meds besides antibiotics (my dog needed diuretics to help expel excess water in her body, for her heart issues). One thing for sure, shortness of breath is not normal and your dog is suffering.
 

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If you can, get a second opinion. Lyme disease can cause all kinds of issues on organs, some of which could cause shortness of breath. It is possible that your dog might need a different antibiotic, or perhaps it is not related to the tick bite at all.

The vet might need to run different kinds of tests to see what is going on. If it is kidney or heart related your dog might need other meds besides antibiotics (my dog needed diuretics to help expel excess water in her body, for her heart issues). One thing for sure, shortness of breath is not normal and your dog is suffering.
Thanks so much! I'm taking him to another vet tomorrow who will perform a blood test. I hope it shows something so we could start the right treatment...
 

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Grundig, did you find out what was going on with your little guy? What was the outcome? I'm hoping to hear he is doing better.
 

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Keep pushing for answers. Its uncharacteristic for a 10 month old Lab to be lethargic and have breathing issues. You might need to take him to a specialist, I would start with an internist, and go from there.
 
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