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Old 07-22-2016, 01:38 PM   #1
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Timi went to his (and Cheynie's) regular vet last night for a check up, a heartworm test now that he is 6 months old (!!) and to have his nails clipped. I was open-mouthed at how beautifully he behaved! He wasn't the least bit scared of anything and made fast friends with the staff and the human and furry clients in the waiting room. He is doing great and growing beautifully. He did, however, test subclinically positive for Ehrlichia and anaplasmosis so he will start a round of doxycycline and just have to have his blood checked again at next year's check up. His vet does want to see him again after he gets his prosthesis this winter just for a look-see. He was happy to see that Timi still has a bit of his ankle bone on his short leg which, he said, is even better news for the fitting of the prosthesis. Because he was such a good boy, he got to go to Petco on the way home and picked out two new toys... one for him and one to replace Cheynie's toy that he "accidentally" ate :-)


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What a good boy .Hope the meds work

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These two tick-borne diseases are very common, moreso in the south of the US and very prevalent in the islands where Cheynie and Timi are from. So many of these pups come from straight out of the bush and are covered with ticks and fleas when they are rescued... even the tiny babies :-( Heartworm and parvo are also very common there. Ehrlichia and anaplasmosis are very treatable and usually cause no problems at all when treated. Most pups out of the bush are routinely given doxy when they are rescued. It is, though, important to note the positive finding in the blood in case symptoms ever develop so that it can again be treated with doxy and not confused with any other disease as the symptoms are similar to many others. Sometimes the disease can be chronic, a bout will occur then subside when treated, and not reappear for years. At the subclinical level Timi should be just fine and the vets around here routinely test for these diseases when yearly heartworm tests are done.

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Timi is such a good and cute boy. Sweet of him to get Cheynie a replacement toy. So glad that ehrlichia and anaplasmosis are treatable conditions.
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Good news about the vets visit Great pics of Timi and so thoughtful in getting a new to for Cheynie. Glad the Doxycycline is working is this a antibiotic? Doxycillion (part of the cillion family) if they keep prescribing this med could it become less effective as it is a antibiotic?
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Good news about the vets visit Great pics of Timi and so thoughtful in getting a new to for Cheynie. Glad the Doxycycline is working is this a antibiotic? Doxycillion (part of the cillion family) if they keep prescribing this med could it become less effective as it is a antibiotic?
Doxycycline is a member of the cycline groups..as tetracyclinen and is an antibiotic and has been around since the late 60's I believe. It's a very effective broad spectrum medication for many types of infections and conditions (and one of the few I, myself, am not allergic to!)
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The positive test for erlichia and anaplasmosis only mean that the dog has been exposed, most likely through a tick bite, and that the dog has produced antibodies to the organisms. The antibodies can last for one or more years after the infection, but they do not make the dog immune to ehrlichiosis - the dog could get reinfected (and these ticks are a constant problem in the islands and many other parts of the world, including the southern and Gulf states of the US). In the subclinical phase the animal may appear normal or show only slight anemia. During this phase the Ehrlichia live inside the spleen. This phase can last for months or years. Ultimately, the dog either eliminates the Ehrlichia from the body or the infection may progress to the chronic phase. This is why it is important to treat even subclinical indications. Doxycycline has not had any problems with reduced effectiveness, thankfully.
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I am glad they are subclinical and maybe you can get rid of them!
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I also am glad he is developing an ankle bone!
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Love that look in Timi's eyes, seems like a fun loving fellow, perhaps a bit of the clown

Ah the delight of power shopping for toys at the pet store...Naomi loves going to pick out toys.

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Great news then It's good to know that the Doxy tablets are still very effective Even after all these years!! Timi is definately a little fighter
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It is always so good when our dogs can like and trust our vets. My Kaycee was nervous of Rickey IN THE HOSPITAL, but fine outside. But then she remember all to well that he had cut on her knees (sugrgery for luxating patella on one knee at 16 months, the other knee 14 months later. She was little chicken golden retriever, anyway, Now Honey the golden we lost 2 years ago next month at age 13 LOVED Rickey. When she herd him coming towards exam room she was all tail wags and when he came in, smothered himwith stitches.

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