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My dog has suspected Lyme disease, while we wait for the test

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My dog has suspected Lyme disease, while we wait for the test results my vet wants me to give him penicillin injections. I have given him two so far, (one yesterday and one today) the directions say to give inter-muscularly which I also did. I am more comfortable giving sub Q shots than inter-muscularly can i do that instead?

Dr. Drew :

Hello, thanks for your question today! I am Dr. Drew, and I am a licensed veterinarian. I'll be happy to help you in any way I can.

Dr. Drew :

I would suggest adhering to the instructions that your veterinarian provided.

Dr. Drew :

While some types of penicillin might be OK to give subcutaneously, some can absorb poorly, or cause an abscess, if not given intramuscularly.

Dr. Drew :

I cannot recommend that you go against the instructions provided in this situation.

Dr. Drew :

Oral medicine is perfectly acceptable for treatment of Lyme,

Dr. Drew :

so if you are uncomfortable, I suggest asking your vet for oral medication.

Customer:

we tried oral, it was impossible to administer. I forgot to ask how soon typically results are seen with the antibiotics? he's been ill a little over a week but recently has had a return of appetite just prior to vet visit on Thurs, I originally thought he had just sprained a toe.

Dr. Drew :

I have noticed an improvement within 2-3 days of starting antibiotics, for dogs with a confirmed diagnosis of Lyme disease.

Customer:

ok thank you, XXXXX XXXXX able to bear some weight on the limb this morning which I assume is a positive, I am just hoping to avoid/concerned about migrating limb pain which seems the bigger issue now that his appetite has returned.

Dr. Drew :

Lyme disease can have a slow process of recovery in some cases, so there may be some setbacks along the way. As long as the general direction is improving, that's a good thing.

Customer:

Yes I have been researching that. Ok thanks so much.

Dr. Drew :

you're very welcome -- best wishes to you both!

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