Hoping not to be flamed... as I've already feel as low as subterrianean dirt over this.
End of June one of our cats of 10 years past away. What with 3 months worrying about her, then dealing with her passing... it occured to me that neither of the dogs had gotten Heartworm or Flea/Tick Preventative since that time.
I had them tested for Heartworm and Lyme yesturday, the results came back today and thankfully negative for Heartworms. But they did test positive for Lyme. They are now on Doxycycline for the next 3 weeks.
Have a few questions, wondering if someone could confirm/answer for me.
-The vet told me that the Heartworm test doesnt show up until the worms are in the adult stage, which is after 6 months. So technically the dogs could have them. And that by giving them HW medicine, it wont be deadly to them (as its the adults that can kill a dog) and will work at killing the (not saying there are) babies. And then retest them in the spring. -Regarding the lyme, after the 3 weeks are over.. do we immediately test them afterwards to see if they still have it - or are the meds a guarentee to get rid of it.
And am also wondering if there is anything out there, whether herbal, holistic, whatever.. that would allow Kiba to start feeling better soon. All this time I just thought she was being a lazy spoiled pup, but its been because she've felt like crap.
Sorry Merico about the rotten Lyme disease and heartworm worry. If she was my dog I would treat for heartworm prevention (test first), and keep her on the doxycycline for at least a month. The bacteria for Lyme disease are slow to reproduce, and can come back if you don't treat with antibiotics long enough. I hope your dog is feeling better. I would be tempted to feed a homemade concoction to boost her immune system.
Did your vet do a direct HW test or a snap test? The direct tests are cheaper and you know right then. They simply put a blood sample on a slide and look through the microscope, any creepy crawlies and it's positive.
I'm sorry about the Lyme Disease. Our last dog had it. Don't be surprised if they have to be on the medication longer than 3 weeks. I believe KC was on medication for almost 12 weeks. I hope they are feeling better soon.
It is true about heartworm tests taking 6 months to show a positive, but I didn't know why. So I looked around online and apparently its because the heartworm tests for antigens produced by female adult heartworms, and it takes about 6 months for a heartworm to produce those antigens. So even if the dog does have heartworms if they are immature it won't show up as being a positive result. Hopefully your dogs are negative and are supposed to be negative. If they do have immature heartworms, the infestation is so 'new' that having them on the heartworm preventative won't really hurt them. It's when a dog's heart is saturated with heartworm that using the preventative can be deadly, because they are dislodged and clog up the arteries all at one time.
Now regarding lyme disease, I've heard that some dogs do have relapses or that it does take longer than 3-4 weeks to get rid of. It's hard to tell whether or not your dogs are going to get over it quickly or long term. Lyme disease is a PITA to eradicate, from what I've heard.
***Edited By: Minniyar on 11/14/2007 4:27:55 PM*** Reason: add
Never trust a tall dwarf... he's lying about something.
Merico, Kiba's joints are all sore and she feels like crap. You can ask the vet for some analgesic for her, since this takes a while to go away.Since this disease is famous for being hard to get rid of because of the slow bacteria reproduction, I would ask your vet to extend the course of antibiotics. Of course every dog is different, and mabe she'll be one who bounces back quickly. If you want any recipes that I feed my sick dogs, or any other moral support, just PM me.