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My 3 year old bordercollie/ Spanial mix just had s routine

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My 3 year old bordercollie/ Spanial mix just had his routine annual checkup and my vet told me that his anaplasma test came out positive again . He was tested positive last year too and went through the whole treatment and then another test was taken ( pcr) which was normal ) . We had to spend lot of money for the whole treatment and it seems we are heading the sandgrouse once again which will make our financial situation in a huge mess . What should I do now .... Go through the pcr ? Or wait .... Please help .
Appreciate your time
Rajashree Menon
Submitted: 11 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 11 months ago.

Hello and welcome. I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and would like to help you with Willie today.

Now in this case, the best next step here is to have this result confirmed by PCR. The in-house tests are very good first line tests but they detect antibody (this is what our immune cells make in reaction to infectious agent). And sometimes our antibodies can be long lasting and present even after we have cured the infection (as they are the body's way of being ready if there is risk of future infection).

Therefore, in a case like this and before starting treatment, we would be better to use that more sensitive PCR test. This is because PCR detects the Anaplasma's genetic material and that cannot be there unless the organism is there. So, if we have any doubt (or have dog like Willie who has been infected before), we'd always be best use this test to look for this component of the Anaplasma instead of testing to see if he has antibodies (since those are expected if he had an infection). So, that would be ideal now before we start treating (since PCR negative results would mean we don't need to) and may be a better option in the future with him to get a clear diagnose of whether its present or whether he just has antibodies to it.

All the best,

Dr. B.

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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 11 months ago.
Hi Rajashree,
I'm just following up on our conversation about Willie. How is everything going?
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