Thursday, June 04, 2009
skippy in the woods - tick disease problems
The woods near my garden are so lovely now. The ferns and grasses are lush. And so many woodland critters. Skippy and I enjoy a nice evening walk on the paths.
But I'm feeling badly for Skip. He had a check up with his veterinarian yesterday and he is positive for three of the four local tick-borne diseases. He tested positive for Anaplasma and the Lyme and Rocky Mountain Spotted fever pathogens. His doctor said, the good news is he doesn't have Ehrlichia (the fourth local tick-borne pathogen). And, she said, the Rocky Mountain is very low and could be a cross reaction.
So Skippy is on antibiotics now (docycylin). I'm wondering is there are better tick medications available for Skippy - he gets Front-Line monthly. And I'm wondering is this topical medication is effective in a dog who is bathed weekly and swims daily. Hmmm. At least the antibiotic is available and does clear up the condition.
Skippy has had both Lyme and Anaplasma previously - one last spring and the other two springs ago. He never shows symptoms, to my eye. Its such a joy to see him romp through the woods and fields. Maybe these infections are just something we can't avoid. Hopefully effective vaccines will be available soon. In the meantime, I clip him short, do a "tick-check" many times a day, and get him checked every spring at his vet.
Information on Lyme in dogs
(BTW can you find the chipmunk in one of the photos above?)