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    5 year old female FCR. We were in western PA over the weekend for a field trial. Started with diarrhea yesterday, took her to my vet who gave her a 2ml syringe of Diagel, which I gave orally. Also started her on 500mg of Flagyl/Metronidazole twice a day. This morning she sits up fine, but has allot of trouble standing from a seated position. Once up, she's moving very slowly. Any ideas? Hoping to get a solid stool sample to test for Giardia. Can that present with rear- end lameness?
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    I should add that they did a 4-way heartworm/tick panel (Snap test) while we were there and it came back negative.

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    I've never seen giardia present that way. I would be thinking a tick borne disease. Also a musclethe strain or knee injury.
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    Even with a negative 4 way snapp, I would not rule out a tick borne disease. your dogs travel. They pick up tick born disease all over and they all cannot be identified on a four way. Doxycycline Won't hurt them. Treat the symptoms for these things not just Rely on a four way.
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    The snap test doesn't test for Rocky Mountain Spotted fever. I'd have to do the full tick panel and have it sent to a lab. Could clinical symptoms show up this quickly?

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    I would not wait for a test to come back. I would just start treatment immediately. If the dog starts to get better in a couple of days you got your answer. They respond quickly to Doxie. You are shooting fish in a barrel trying to figure out which one it might be. I'm not saying don't test. I just would not sit around and wait. And with the way your dogs travel, you have no idea of when the exposure could have taken place.
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    Dan--

    Raven has been fine in terms of mobility, etc., but she came home with diarrhea. I gave Immodium right away, and she was fine Monday, but yesterday and today she has had loose stools--I have attributed it to too much rawhide and too long a day (I'm working extra hours--she panics sometimes), but now you have me wondering.

    I haven't been concerned. I'll let you know how she is tonight some time, and if you find anything out, let me know!

    Atticus is fine, by the way, and he's usually the one with the queezy stomach, so it could be something going around...
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    I agree w/Susan. I had a client call me at 5:30 am the other day ....RUH RO..... his dog could not walk with rear limb lameness, literally . Took him to his vet who immediately said hip dysplasia let's xray... owner said no he was fine yesterday, test for TBD. It came back neg , but owner insisted on Doxy , 2 doses later dog is running around the yard. No xrays . The problem is, the Doxy market is (I believe) being manipulated and is tough to get . If you can get it, it is now expensive....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bridget Bodine View Post
    The problem is, the Doxy market is (I believe) being manipulated and is tough to get . If you can get it, it is now expensive....
    Doxy appears to be available and much cheaper through online Canadian pharmacies. Need a written prescription and it takes time to get it. Still, it may be an option for those using it long term or wanting to keep a supply of doxy on hand, just in case.
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