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What state do you live in?
Do you know anything about Buckeye's life before you?
Any vomiting or diarrhea?
Do you know if he was mainly an outdoor dog before you?
Do you know if they did any blood work at the shelter?
If you press on his joints a little (knees, elbows, etc), does he act painful?
Does he seem warm to the touch at all?
Do you notice any limping at all?
Okay...great. Thanks for the additional information. I really appreciate it.
This honestly and truly sounds like Lyme or Anaplasma to me. The two big symptoms your dog has: transient lameness in the limbs and the sudden onset lethargy are both huge red flags when it comes to diagnose these tick borne diseases. There's a website that outlines some of the symptoms here: http://www.provet.co.uk/health/diseases/lyme.htmOne of this problems is that a dog can have a silent infection for years before they become symptomatic...which means he could have gotten a tick on him last summer, it could have transfered the disease and it could have simply been dormant all this time.I think the best thing to do is to have her tested for tick borne disease. In my opinion, one of the best (and fastest) options for that is the 4DX test. It only takes 3 drops of blood and 8 minutes for you to have a 'for sure' answer. You can read more about 4DX testing here: http://www.idexx.com/view/xhtml/en_us/smallanimal/inhouse/snap/4dx.jsf?SSOTOKEN=0I strongly suspect he's going to come up positive. Then it's just a few weeks (usually 31 days, actually) of Doxycycline, and she should be back to normal.I hope this helps.
No....we actually don't give products containing acetaminophen (Tylenol), ibuprofen (Advil) or naproxen sodium (Aleve) to dogs because they can damage the kidneys. I know that you did already give Buckeye some, but I'm sure he'll be fine if you don't give any more.
I would recommend giving your vet a call and asking them to move up the appointment. The test cost depends on the clinc...I know the last clinic I worked at, they were about $30.
No. It's transmitted via tick bite, so an infected tick would have to bite your other dogs. So no worries about him giving it to either of the other dogs or you.
The snap test only takes 8 minutes.
They should have it there. And it's all part of the cost of the test..