Dear Dr. Lenny,
Please do not apologize for the detailed answer. I am desperately trying to educate myself about Lyme disease and autoimmune disease and very much appreciate your taking the time to talk with me.
Lucy was always very active and in the beginning of her treatment, I really had to work at restricting her running and playing due to the bruising that was occuring. Since she has been on the doxycycline and prednisone, I have noticed her activity waning. I can see she wants to play, but doesn't appear to have the energy to exert herself. However, yesterday she was more active and alert and this morning she ran a bit in the yard. Hopefully, this is a good sign!
You asked me earlier if Lucy had other blood work done and I apologize for not answering that question. Yes, she did and the results were all in the normal range.
I should also tell you, I had another golden retriever who contracted Lyme disease and died 2 weeks after her diagnosis. The disease was so advanced in her. I didn't even know anything was wrong, until she stumbled one day at home and I took her to the vet. She tested postive for lyme and exhibited restlessness and heavy panting and was put on doxycycline and a diuretic. Xrays showed excessive fluid in her body, that we couldn't even see her heart.
I live near Reading, Pennsylvania in the United States. I discovered I live in a high Lyme area. My home is surrounded by farm fields and woods. After the death of my other golden, I was very proactive in Lucy's health. I had her vaccinated against Lyme when she was a puppy in addition to all the regular required shots. I do understand that the Lyme vaccination is only 80% effective. She is also treated with Frontline Plus however, the vet switched her to ProMeris when we discovered she had Lyme disease. I honestly don't know what else to do as far as protecting Lucy from this disease. Since this is the second dog to have contracted Lyme disease from our backyard, I am equally concerned for myself and my family.
If there is anything else I can be doing for Lucy, please let me know. I so appreciate your time.