Need Your Input

First of all thank you. All of your comments and concern really did wonders to get me out of my funk yesterday. You guys rock, I mean that, thank you. Now I need some input. I know many of you live in areas where Lyme disease is pretty hot.

When we called the Vet yesterday asking about Encore’s blood work he said “all of the blood work came back negative.” I decided to go and pick up the report so my own vet back home would have it. While sitting in the car I decided to read each individual report. He was mostly correct. Almost all of the tests came back negative except for the one for Lyme disease.  That one came back as

“Borderline(1)” and from what I can interpret from all of the numbers, a # (1) is giving a serological range of= 1:64-1:128

At the bottom report was an interpretive comment that stated:

“There is no serological evidence of exposure to Borrelia Bubgdorferi, the causal agent of Lyme disease. These results are most consistent with vaccination and/or natural exposure to Borrelia burgdorferi. A Lyme western blot test can differentiate between vaccination and natural exposure. If clinical signs of Lyme disease are present consider instituting treatment.”

So I know Encore absolutely has never been vaccinated against Lyme so wouldn’t  a dog showing the symptoms and showing even a low level of circulating antibody be a candidate for the antibiotic treatment? In fairness to the Veterinarian I haven’t had a chance to speak to him personally. Hopefully I will hear from him today. In the mean time I would love to hear from any of you that have an opinion.

Both Encore and I are hoping we can get back to training soon.

She is not currently lame, nor can I make her lame with exercise today (although yesterday she was limping slightly).

Am I crazy to think she should be treated??  I have a call to my own regular veterinarian at home. But I thought I would throw it out there to all of you that have seen more of this disease in your area. Is this a common scenario? Do you treat?

Today I am grateful once again to all of you blog readers. I can’t tell you how much better and more focused I felt after reading all of your comments and suggestions yesterday. Thank you once again.

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