Rebecca, Irena Farm Posted July 11, 2007 Report Share Posted July 11, 2007 Ben's been under the weather the last couple days and I thought I recognized the signs of yet another bout of tick borne disease. He was very ill this morning and so I rushed him to the vet. My instincts were right. Ben has Rocky Mt. Spotted Fever. He had a 107 degree fever this morning! The vet almost dropped the thermometer when he read it. "I don't know why this dog isn't seizing," he said. Maybe because God knows I would die on the spot if that happened? Especially after Kris . . . The good news is, Ben doesn't have anything WORSE - bloodwork looks excellent considering, and as soon as he got some antibiotics on board and had a nice cool bath, his temp went down and within a couple hours stayed down. In six hours the doxycycline will have kicked in completely and I can give him another dose, too, and he should be out of danger entirely. This was really weird. He was fine Sunday - we had a really nice day of walking, playing ball, and putzing around the farm. He was bright eyed and bushy tailed. Then he woke up Monday looking like death warmed over and progressed to death not-so-warmed over this morning. But the vet said that's typical of RMSF - it comes on really hard and fast. RMSF is a new one for us - Ben's had Lyme once - it took eighteen months for us to completely get rid of it - Ehrlichia canis twice, and Neorickettsia risticii once a couple years ago. The vet stared at me when I rattled off the last one. "Wow, you sent away for that test!" Actually, my former vet happens to be quite friendly with Dr. Ed Breitschwerdt at NC State, who happens to be a leading authority on the rickettsials and ehrlichia in particular. Thankfully for us! N. risticiii isn't even a tick vectored bug - Ben probably picked it up drinking from a puddle. The other odd thing is that with Ben's history, he's on double protection for ticks - he is on both the collar and Frontline this time of year. Watch out - there are some determined ticks out there! Well, give a little thought to Ben tonight and for the next few weeks while he has to take the nasty doxy again. I hate that stuff but I love the magic it performs on these diseases. Oh, and the good news is that I found a great new vet into the bargain! Today's little adventure only cost us . . .drumroll please . . .$32! And he's nice and very knowlegeable - tick disease still isn't something all GP type vets know a lot about right off the top of their heads. But he was well-versed, gave me the right dose of meds, and even told me something about doxycyline I didn't know - it makes you sensitive to the sun. Not that I really wanted to add more to my ever-increasing body of knowledge about TBDs. Between Ben and rescues I know way too much already. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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