putt wrote:What were Vic's symptoms?
The symptoms for the infection started out with over all tiredness not quite himself. At first I put this off as being caused by a little over hunting, on Monday and Tuesday we were up north grouse hunting with treerooster and his dog Pine. Put 4 dedicated hunters together and you would expect to end up with 4 very tired hunters. But in Vic's case he was slow to recover so I inspected him, detecting nothing let him rest and he seemed ready to go so we opened the pheasant season on Saturday. He performed very well putting up some roosters. After limiting out Saturday (1 rooster is the limit) we went out Sunday and after the initial out of the truck euphoria Vic didn't seem totally normal but still pretty good. We got our Sunday rooster within 20 minutes so off to re-gear for some turkey hunting but suddenly Vic looked terribly tired and soon began drooling (a very bad sign).
The vet instructed me to examine his mouth for injury or foreign objects, I found a couple of thorns in between his rear molars and lips, removed these and made an appointment for him first thing Monday for tick disease screening.
The vet found inflamed lymph nodes in his jaw under the tongue and back at the joint. She determined this a bacterial infection perhaps from something piercing his mouth while hunting. He also tested positive for anaplasmosis a disease transmitted by the black legged tick. General tiredness and flu like symptoms are common with this one.
Steve_In wrote:Seems to reason if the dogs are infected the owners can't be far behind.
You are correct, if the dog has it I usually have it too. I take a regimen of doxycycline every Dec and Jan because the common screening test for humans only detects Lyme and not always.
Gopherlongbeards wrote: Seems strange to me that they are seeing all these cases suddenly, I haven't seen a single tick all fall.
There were fewer ticks this fall. However according to reports there were a couple of late tick hatches in Eastern MN and Western WI.
eggshell wrote:Our dog (ginger) had lyme disease late summer.
So sorry to hear that. It is hard to know what bothers our canine friends since they can't tell us how they are feeling, we have to guess a lot.
A few years ago we lost one of our huskies to Ehrlichiosis a tick disease that is not suppose to be this far north. The vet misdiagnosed (he had not heard of it in WI) and treated with the wrong antibiotic; then it was too late.