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Hi there. My name is***** to hear that your cocker spaniel is unwell. What is his name? I will do my best to help with your question. First I have a few questions to help me better understand your situation.Can you describe the nature and location of the bacterial infection he had? Was it from a wound, for example?
Do you know the name of the antibiotic(s) he was/is on, and what dose?
Have the seizures occurred more frequently while he has been dealing with the infection?
What was the parasite identified in your puppy?
Do you have a copy of his recent bloodwork handy?
That's fine with me. I'm interested in the blood work and the antibiotics in particular because the typical muscle enzyme (CK) is not highly associated with liver disease (but it can be in smaller amounts), and high white cells are more indicative of inflammation or infection, than of liver disease. We can continue chatting later if you would like.
No worries. We'll chat later.
Thanks. Sorry about the delayed response. I just got home from my day job.If the blood was taken soon after a seizure (sometimes even an undetected one), there can be a residual elevation in CK due to the excessive muscle activity that occurs during a seizure. This would typically drop off over the following days, and I would not expect it to be continuously high after a week (unless the CK at the time of the seizure was extremely high and has a long way to return to normal).Given the high white cells combined with the high CK, another possibility worth ruling out is protozoal parasite infection, such as Toxoplasma and Neospora. Both can be tested by your vet through blood tests, by serology (antibodies indicating previous exposure), and possibly PCR (depending on what your local labs can run). Both parasites can infect the brain and spinal cord, as well as the muscles, liver, lungs, eyes and various other organs. Typically, disease is detected in the form of neurological abnormalities, including seizures. I would say it's worth testing for, since you can actually treat both conditions and "cure" the disease.