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    DO NOT DECIDE TO NOT TREAT!

    I have chronic Lyme Disease. I was misdiagnosed by my former physician for over 5 years. It was only when I ended up in the emergency room with what the doctors thought was a heart attack that I finally learned that I had chronic LD. I have done a lot of research about LD and have dealt with it with both one of my dogs as well as just recently with my SAR horse, Peso.

    Doxy was/is the drug of choice. However, when treating an 1000 lb horse, the cost becomes unreal. The treatment for Peso was a course of Doxycycline for 8 weeks. The current cost of Doxy is $11,200.00. I was lucky in that I had enough Doxy on hand for 9 days of treatment. Since I could not afford to continue with Doxy, my vet checked with Cornell and found that, since the shortage of Doxy and it coming back on the market at such an expensive cost, treatment is now being given by using Minocycline, an antibiotic in the same "family" as Doxy. The cost for the rest of Peso's treatment dropped to $940.00. We will still have to do a couple more blood workups to see if his LD titer is dropping and each one of those costs over $100.00. I just gave him his last dose of Minocycline last night. Now to wait 6 months to do another titer.

    Do treatment.....you don't want it to become chronic.



    (PS - Peso was prescribed 50 capsules of 100 mg Doxycycline twice a day; after I was out of the Doxy, he was prescribed 20 capsules of 100 mg Minocycline twice a day)
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    The research from the tick group I belong to indicates longer and stronger: 28-31 days of doxy dosed at 10 mg per kg is the recommended dose. Following the 4 weeks, I recommend pulsing on the weekends, Friday thru Sunday at the same dosage for the next 6 weeks based on the work of Dr. Hoskins at LSU. The tick groups I belong to does not recommend minocycline. You can get doxy cheap by joining the prescription Savings Club at Walgreens for $35 for a family membership, which includes dogs. Certain drugs are available, cheap. Doxy is on the list!!!!! as of yesterday.

    You can also get doxy cheaply from certain compounding pharmacies, but you have to shop around.
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    Both of my digs hot lymes. Give them the Doxy. They should be fine. When Thor got it he yelped when he would wag his tail. I didn't know what was wrong. I rushed him to the vet. I think she said their joints get swollen.

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    In case you haven't come across it, here's one breeder/trainer's info page on tick-borne disease:

    http://www.vintagegoldens.com/tick.html
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    I've heard that some people treat their dogs with Doxy annually as a "just in case" measure.

    I have been prescribed it by my Doctor after getting a lot of tick bites, no tests.
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    Quote Originally Posted by John Lash View Post
    I've heard that some people treat their dogs with Doxy annually as a "just in case" measure.

    I have been prescribed it by my Doctor after getting a lot of tick bites, no tests.
    Yes, there are people that give their dogs a round of Doxy every year. Some people do it twice a year. There is also a couple of people that I know that give a low-dose of Doxy every day. I personally think this is overkill and could lead to an antibiotic tolerance.
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    Thank you all for the comments. We'll definitely be treating her.

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