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When the Vet Says, "Your Dog Has Lyme Disease"

Posted July 27, 2011 12:01 AM by SavvyExacta

My normally energetic dog was lethargic. Although her appetite was fine, she didn't want to spend much time off her cushion, and she had formed a slight limp. Over a period of a few days, the limp worsened until she could no longer put any weight on a front leg, and walking became nearly impossible.

At first we thought she'd hurt herself by slipping when she'd jumped off the couch; this had happened before. But as her condition continued to worsen, we knew a trip to the vet was in order.

It Could Be a Number of Things

The vet clinic saw Speckles, our beagle, right away. Upon examining her, the vet determined her issue could be caused by any number of problems, including:

  • Bursitis, arthritis, or an injury of the shoulder
  • Lyme disease
  • Bone cancer

Finding a Diagnosis

Because lameness and stiffness are telltale signs of Lyme disease, we decided to order a simple blood test before subjecting Speckles to X-rays - those could always come later.

Speckles had never tested positive for Lyme disease before; if she tested positive this time, we could be pretty sure that was what was causing her pain. We had found just one tick on her earlier that spring; however, the vet said he'd noticed an increase in Lyme disease cases. Some of the symptoms of Lyme disease include:

  • Recurrent lameness of limbs
  • Stiff walk
  • Fever
  • Lethargy
  • Difficulty breathing

A C6 SNAP test was run on a sample of Speckles' blood. This tests for antibodies to Lyme disease while also getting her annual heartworm test out of the way. The SNAP test is similar to a pregnancy test - it gives a yes or no answer. Speckles came up with a faint positive result for Lyme disease.

Treatment and More Answers

We started Speckles on a course of doxycycline right away. The vet said we should see improvement within 48 hours; if not, it was likely she had an injury to her shoulder or even cancer. At that point we'd need to order some X-rays to see what was going on inside.

Before leaving the office, a second blood sample was drawn. It was sent off to the lab for a Lyme Quantitative C6 Antibody Test. This test checks to see how strongly present the Lyme disease is in the dog. Our vet told us anything above 30 U/mL was definitely Lyme disease - Speckles' results came back at 250 U/mL!

After 30 days of doxycycline doses both morning and night, Speckles is "cured" but will probably always test positive for Lyme disease antibodies.

You can read more about Lyme disease and tick prevention in a previous blog entry.

Resources:

http://www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/infectious-parasitic/c_dg_lyme_disease

http://www.caberfeidh.com/Lyme.htm

http://cr4.globalspec.com/blogentry/8567

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07/27/2011 2:09 AM

All's well that ends well, we hope. Especially if a prior infection immunizes against a future infection. (I don't know if Lyme disease works that way, though.)

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07/28/2011 12:29 AM

I got Lyme in Robbinsville, NC two Springs ago. It's for real.

My ex-wife and her daughter got it 4 years ago in Southern Indiana.

Two friends of mine here in Florida who lived in Connecticut for 13 years have Chronic Lyme and it caused one of them to have a stroke when he had heart arythemia in his sleep a year ago.

Almost 70% of the horses all across the wooded temperate part of the USA have Lyme.

More than 200,000 cases a year of human Lyme are occurring now and it is almost impossible to detect in your blood stream if you don't get treated right away.

Good Luck to you and your doggie! Glad you had a Lyme Literate Vet who recognized the crippling pain in her knee joints.

Doxycycline treats the dormant type of Lyme that hides outside the blood circulatory system. Minocycline can cross the blood barrier and kill any of the spirochetes that have bored their way through the blood vessels and are living in the spinal fluid and cranial fluids.

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07/28/2011 3:47 AM

In humans (I don't know whether it's also true for for canine and equines), Lyme disease can be a contributor/pre-cursor to a number of auto-immune diseases such as forms of Lupus and gluten "allergies".

I guess with an all-over fur coat, the effects of sunlight on skin are far less pronounced in our four-footed friends.

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07/28/2011 9:15 AM

I have 5 years experience with this solution and the results are with out exception wonderful. I am also certified as a Dr. in MMS and have helped numerous persons as well as my self. MMS is Sodium Chlorite and when mixed properly with citric acid forms chlorine Dioxide. The protocol for a dog the size of your pet would be 1/2 drop of activated MMS diluted in water given every hour for 8 hrs per day. Duration of two weeks however Lime disease is one tough customer to kill off. MMS in proper concentration will do no harm to you or your pet. Some sources for info as follows. but be aware that FDA has made a lot of negative noise about MMS since it has the potential of cutting into the profits of their drug company associates. These two web sites should give you all the info you need however I am available if you need personal attention for NO CHARGE. www.mmsanswers.org and www.jimhumble.biz.

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07/29/2011 2:58 AM

Please explain what constitutes a "certified Dr. in MMS", and also what the poorly explained "MMS" is. (And why sodium chlorite would be designated as "MMS")

This sounds like medical fraud. It doesn't help that you later misspelled Lyme disease.

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07/29/2011 7:21 AM

MMS stands for Miracle Mineral Solution, It is quite simply Sodium Chlorite a very common water purifier activated with citric acid and is used in most food processing facilities from meat to vegetables to kill of pathogens. It requires no rinsing since it reverts to common table salt after it does it's cleaning. The Genesis II Church of Health & Healing operates a training center in Dominican Republic and I took the training to become a minister of health and Dr. in MMS. One week in the classroom and one week in the field treating native Dominicans. It was a very good experience. If you follow the links in previous reply you will have a very good understanding of the Activated Sodium Chlorite (MMS) Bishop Jim Humble has years of experience in South America and Africa treating Malaria,Aids, and a host of other diseases successfully and for pennies. My experience with MMS covers 5 years and I have taught people as far away as Sudan how to use it successfully. Quite simply it uses oxygen to kill pathogens similar to hydrogen peroxide and ozone. Main difference is it has one extra oxygen atom in the activated form (Chlorine Dioxide) and is harmless to normal tissue if used according to protocol. Our dose percentage is .00004% so it is very gentle on the system but devastating to pathogens. For clear understanding use the links in previous reply.

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07/29/2011 4:46 PM

What hogwash! No wonder the FDA frowns on this. I think you ought to be sued or prosecuted for medical fraud.

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07/29/2011 9:10 PM

Hogwash from some with no knowledge of the product or the protocols. We will never get that response from those that are made well after all else has failed. I do not treat I teach--there is a big difference also I and my group save lives what is your track record. Next comment from you will be that we are making money from this. Not so we give it away to our students free. But we do ask for a donation to the Church when you are well and within your means. Take that to your friendly MD. I will stand on my reputation any day over a mealy mouth know it all. The very fact that FDA and Health Canada (Corrupt Criminal Organizations) are against it is proof of it's effectiveness both in food processing which is approved 100% and in killing off pathogens in living beings.

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07/30/2011 2:12 AM

Now I'll just call it FRAUD in all-caps. Two weeks and you're a "doctor"?

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08/01/2011 12:44 PM

hmmm...tornado might be washing his hog afterall.

thanks for the link, 129CBRider.

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08/01/2011 1:32 PM

Tornado is dead right (period).

Although, I will agree that a half a ppm of clo2 is a better drinking water disinfectant than none at all.

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