|Barked: Mon Dec 11, '06 4:15pm PST |
|Hi! I'm glad to hear that your fever went down and you are feeling better
I just went through the process of treating a dog with a tick bourne disease. Like your pup, he lost his apetite and had a very high fever. He actually tested negative for all tick bourne diseases, but my vet said that they might test negative:
1. Because they have not yet had time to produce antibodies
2. If the disease is in the chronic stage, the immune system may be compromised to the point that it is not producing antibodies at all!
The titer test for tick diseases looks for these antibodies to be present in certain significant amounts. So it could be that your dog may still be suffering from a tick bourne disease, which is nothing to take lightly, believe me!
I imagine if his fever goes away completely that you are in the clear, but if the fever remains, I would suggest speaking to your vet about treating your pup with doxycycline just in case there is a tick disease lurking there. The earlier you catch these diseases, they less likely they are to cause significant damage.
Unfortunately, we did not catch it early with my Dallas and it ended up really taking a toll on his immune system and bone marrow. He is on the road to recovery but it has not been easy.
Good luck to you, and it sounds like you may be in the clear (we sure hope so!!)
Kim, Dally and Lilly
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