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the tick borne disease test was going to take 10 days to get the results (2 weekends)... so I told them to go ahead with the antibiotic they would use anyway if it was the bacterial disease. And I am sorry...I did not ask the specific name...they just said it was specific to the general category of tick borne diseases.
Would that explain why his back legs continue to be rigid, but he is very aware of his surroundings and he can wag his tail easily? He even tried to stand up this morning (we took him in yesterday at 11:30am),, but he could only stand for a moment on his front legs as his back legs were very rigid and he could not bend them or use them.
and it also explains the sudden onset of all of this? He does not act like he is in any pain... but he does not whine or "talk" and yesterday he had no control of his tongue...just his neck. It was so very odd, I have never seen this happen to an animal before... a bacterial infection can do all of these things? (sorry for my dumb questions...the vet was buried and could not talk to us much and her vet tech was nice, but not very knowledgeable about the details of the illness).
Can the disease stay dormant? We left him with a family friend 2 months ago (for 4 days) who took him to a wooded park and also to a prairie field with her dogs. We did not check him for ticks then, but he is an inside dog and stays with us almost constantly. We checked him for ticks yesterday and did not find any.
Will that 4dx test show if it tick borne even though he is on antibiotic?
Oh wow! can people get infected? We have 2 girls ages 13 and 7... could they get it from saliva or feces or something?
You have really helped all of us! Thank You!! I will tell the girls and now hopefully...no bad dreams or sad thoughts! And now maybe I can relax and not keep thinking that I will have to put him down on Monday. Happy thoughts for the rest of the weekend..he will get better...and we can love on him for at least a few more years! Thank You!