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    Freaking out....
    Iím in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Both of the dogs are on flea/tick routine (nexguard) from
    April-November.
    This weekend my girl Layla was really lethargic (even more than normal
    for the insane heat weíve been having). She stopped eating, wouldnít drink, was so hot and wouldnít settle... I started to suspect a fever and I was worried she was getting dehydrated. I had planned to see my vet today, but last night she was in such distress ( as was I) and a large swelling was forming in her throat. She was shivering and burning up.

    By 3am I was at the emergency vet, thinking I would be bringing her home with some antibiotics. Instead she is admitted to critical care - she has basically zero platelets in her blood and elevated kidney protein levels and tested positive for Lyme. I donít know how long sheíll be in, if she has permanent kidney damage, or what is going to happen.

    Lyme was never on my radar. I know ticks are prevalent, as is Lyme, in my area, I thought I was taking enough precautions for my dogs. The emergency vet said yes. April-Nov is the recommendation for tick meds but if there is a January thaw or any day above 4 degrees ticks can be active. Of course here in Ontario we have thaws and above-freezing days in March, this must have been when she got bit. I am devastated that I somehow didnít notice a tick on her, we all know how much we have our hands all over our EBs. I am devastated that I never even thought about Lyme. Since Wilbur got sick last fall, I havenít taken my dogs walking on my forest path, they havenít been to any dog parks, basically they havenít left my fenced yard...

    I guess the lesson here is that Lyme is out there and very real. I will be keeping my dogs on tick prevention year-round now. I am praying that a month of antibiotics will rid Layla of the bacteria, that her kidneys are not damaged, that the mass on her neck is due to swollen lymph glands. If your babies are lethargic, weak, not eating, fever.... donít dismiss Lyme.
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    OMG - so sorry you and Layla are going through this. That is so scary. Hoping and praying and wishing Layla a complete recovery!!

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    OMG this is horrible, your poor girl... I have seen SO many people affected by Lyme's disease and NOW the pets. I've been making my pups wear protection year round here too because the weather is so unpredictable.

    I hope your baby feels better soon... what can they do for her at this point?

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    How awful. I am so sorry to hear about this and hope she fully recovers, poor baby. Please keep us up to date.
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    Sending you tons of healing prayers and positive thoughts.... please keep us posted and I so hope she recovers from this quickly.

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    So very sorry for precious Layla !!! Prayers that she'll be okay!! Many (( hugs )) to you!

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    Thanks everyone... today (July 25) she is still in the hospital. We go to visit her everyday and we brought Wilbur to see her as well. He is missing her so much.
    When we saw her Monday she seems a little better, but yesterday she was shivering again and very tired ... the specialist says her body is working hard fighting the bacteria. The major concern are her kidney values. It looks like this is the strain of Lyme that impacts kidneys. The specialist still has hope that the fluid therapy will help.
    I’m having a very difficult time coping with this and I’m trying not to read up Online about kidney failure secondary to Lyme.... I already know what that means. I’m completely devastated, my dogs are my top priority and I truly feel that I have failed her. This was not even in my mind... I always make sure they have their tick meds, I just never thought this would happen. Wilbur’s illness took over the household, and she was always so perfectly healthy and strong. For this to happen is more than heartbreaking.
    They will be checking her kidney levels again today, and she will have an ultrasound as well. I will be able to go visit her later this afternoon. My beautiful girl.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Momma2Bullies View Post
    Thanks everyone... today (July 25) she is still in the hospital. We go to visit her everyday and we brought Wilbur to see her as well. He is missing her so much.
    When we saw her Monday she seems a little better, but yesterday she was shivering again and very tired ... the specialist says her body is working hard fighting the bacteria. The major concern are her kidney values. It looks like this is the strain of Lyme that impacts kidneys. The specialist still has hope that the fluid therapy will help.
    I’m having a very difficult time coping with this and I’m trying not to read up Online about kidney failure secondary to Lyme.... I already know what that means. I’m completely devastated, my dogs are my top priority and I truly feel that I have failed her. This was not even in my mind... I always make sure they have their tick meds, I just never thought this would happen. Wilbur’s illness took over the household, and she was always so perfectly healthy and strong. For this to happen is more than heartbreaking.
    They will be checking her kidney levels again today, and she will have an ultrasound as well. I will be able to go visit her later this afternoon. My beautiful girl.

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    I am so, so sorry to read this. My heart goes out to you. I hope she can recover from this.

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    @Momma2Bullies, I've just cross Canada and should be back in Alberta tomorrow. I have the pups with me. When I read your post I swear I over sprayed both with this mixture use on them for ticks/fleas before crossing through Ontario. But there something I thought of that you should look into. It's MCT oil. Last spring, i was at a big health food chain store that holds my products and met this man looking for MCT oil. I told him where it was as I recall seeing it. I told him "it's great healthy oil." He said it's for his sister as she has Lyme disease. Now that caught my attention. Asked him how MCT works for his sister. According to him, he said his sister had Lyme very chronic and couldn't move nor get out of bed. She started taking MCT 2yrs ago and she lives a normal life as he put it. Days he said she can have an odd day but she doesn't let that bring her down. I know I use MCT in my salads or smoothies n it's such a great oil. I for sure would try it if it was my 2 dogs. I would start with one teaspoon per day as it will also clean your intestines. Look up MCT and read up on it. Just a thought.

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    May God be with you & your family. I join the strength
    & faith of the loving prayers lifting beloved Layla's needs
    before her Creator. DO NOT listen to any lies that you failed
    Layla...lies from hell. She is a strong girl and she fights!

    Sending love to all, we fight with y'all for complete recovery.


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    @hellsonwheels Thank you so much, I will look into it. I hope she survives and can come home... she’ll have complications from this for the rest of her life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Momma2Bullies View Post
    Thanks everyone... today (July 25) she is still in the hospital. We go to visit her everyday and we brought Wilbur to see her as well. He is missing her so much.
    When we saw her Monday she seems a little better, but yesterday she was shivering again and very tired ... the specialist says her body is working hard fighting the bacteria. The major concern are her kidney values. It looks like this is the strain of Lyme that impacts kidneys. The specialist still has hope that the fluid therapy will help.
    Iím having a very difficult time coping with this and Iím trying not to read up Online about kidney failure secondary to Lyme.... I already know what that means. Iím completely devastated, my dogs are my top priority and I truly feel that I have failed her. This was not even in my mind... I always make sure they have their tick meds, I just never thought this would happen. Wilburís illness took over the household, and she was always so perfectly healthy and strong. For this to happen is more than heartbreaking.
    They will be checking her kidney levels again today, and she will have an ultrasound as well. I will be able to go visit her later this afternoon. My beautiful girl.

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    sending tons of hugs and positive thoughts
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