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    Long story short-
    I switched vets, took Carbon (the 3 year old golden) in for a well check on a hunch. For 96 dollars they send out a blood panel and urinalysis. Darned if Carbon did not come back with a UTI, protein in his urine and a low thyroid. Did a free t4 and it was normal. The assumption is that he has another problem as he was asymtomatic,(the last weekend he was in obedience 3 days, picked up dead ducks on Monday) so we are checking for tick diseases as his kidney function is good.
    So, he is on lots of drugs, and she is looking into a "new" tick panel Amteck (sp) is offering, which also tests for parasites (sp).
    Honestly I am so thankful I did this, because if he had gotten sick, I am afraid we would not have checked for all the other stuff.
    I have not picked a tick off of him in over a year, but we were all over the place last summer.
    Was he sick? yes. Less than 24 hours after the first dose, he was tearing up stuff and wild. And here I was thinking he was finally growing up
    Christine
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    to accept its awful gaps, we still would live no other way. We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the necessary plan." Irving Townsend.

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    I don't think my golden will ever grow up! She ate a broom last night! I hope you get things figured out and taken care of!
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    Please keep us abreast of the findings. I have two that I am fighting TBD's with.
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    From Carbon's vet- by email. I love a vet who emails, as I teach, and it is so hard to play phone tag.

    I think we should should start with the fast panel PCR tick profile that we send out to a lab. It tests for Anaplasma, Babesia, Bartonella, Borellia, Erhlichia, Neoricketsia, Ricketsia, and Mycoplasma
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    So, it will go out Thursday. I have meetings tomorrow and won't make it. I just can not say how thankful I am that I did this. He is a different, rude, obnoxious dog, who I need to train. I am giving him a couple more days, and we will run some blinds. The cat CHASED him down the hall today-cool to watch.
    Also, she is a young vet from U Penn, which is nice because she is up on the newer protocol. Even nicer is my old horse vet is there, and he reminded me he knew me when I was "Demi". So the best of all worlds for now!

    I have always been an advocate of tick testing, but got to say, the difference is unreal!!
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    Christine
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    to accept its awful gaps, we still would live no other way. We cherish memory as the only certain immortality, never fully understanding the necessary plan." Irving Townsend.

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    Please keep us posted, Demi.....hoping that "Carbon" does not come up positive for the awful stuff....and is back to training ASAP.

    Judy

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