Obviously, L was not meant to be about Lyme Disease but that's the answer the vet came back with yesterday and so today I am blogging about Lyme Disease. I should probably thank Big for contracting a disease that lends itself so well to the A to Z Challenge.
So yeah. Lyme Disease.
I hate ticks. Now more than ever. I didn't even realize such a thing was possible.
We arrived at the vet yesterday afternoon and I launched into a monologue of what had happened between Sunday and our arrival at the office on Wednesday. We fertilized the lawn but I swear I didn't let the dogs on it! Big tripped on a chair at my mother's house on Monday! I gave him a cheeseburger Monday night! He hasn't eaten since breakfast Tuesday. He hasn't had water. He hasn't done this. He has done that. The Best Vet In The World very nicely listened to my
panicky ramblings calm, very calm, dissertation and then proceeded with the exam.
And came back with Lyme Disease.
Here's what I said when the Best Vet In The World told me:
Me: Lyme Disease? Are you kidding me?
Him: Nope. Not kidding you.
Me: But it's April.
Me: There's still snow on the ground. Especially where I live.
Him: I'm sure there is.
Me: Then how- when- how? Lyme Disease?
Me: But it's April!
Him: The incubation period can be weeks but it can also be months.
Me: But he was negative for it in August.
Me: And you vaccinated him for it in August.
Me: That can happen?
Me: (Beat) Lyme Disease? Really?
Here are the symptoms for a dog who has Lyme Disease:
-Reluctance to move or a slow, painful gait
-Swollen joints that are warm or painful to the touch
-Pain in the legs or throughout the body
-Fever, fatigue or swollen lymph nodes
-Loss of appetite
Okay, so maybe there is some credence to this theory.
The good news is that it's treatable in the form of an antibiotic. Because of Big's size, he gets five pills, twice a day, for the next four weeks.
This is what I said when I heard that:
Me: Five pills twice a day? So ten pills total.
Me: Ten pills a day.
Me: For the next four weeks?
Big's pretty good about taking meds but that's when I can put them in some peanut butter or a piece of cheese or something. This method will not work for these meds because he (a) still won't eat anything and (b) can't have dairy products with these meds because calcium renders them useless. They will also make him sun sensitive. Or, I guess since the dog's already sun sensitive, they'll make him more so. I now need to be on the look out for sunburns developing on his nose and ears.
And the fun just keeps on leaving.
The Best Vet In The World says the antibiotic will make him feel better soon. As in Friday or-- at the latest, by the end of the weekend. This is excellent news. And not just because Big just threw up bright orange bile all over my living room rug.
Clean up, aisle nine.