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TREATMENT

Suggested protocols and case studies.

TREATMENT PROTOCOLS

Treatment protocols vary by region and veterinarian and depend on the specific case. Decisions on treatment are best done as an agreement between the veterinarian and the pet owner.

A POSITIVE DOG WITH SIGNS IS A SICK DOG

  • Dogs that test positive and show clinical signs should be treated with antibiotic therapy immediately.
  • Most practitioners prefer doxycycline because it will also treat other tick-borne diseases, such as canine anaplasmosis, that may exist as a co-infection.
  • After treatment, Lyme vaccination should be considered to help protect against future disease.


TREATING A POSITIVE, ASYMPTOMATIC DOG

  • A positive dog is not necessarily a sick dog.
  • At the time of the test, the dog may not show any clinical signs.
  • Treating or not treating a positive, asymptomatic dog is up to the veterinarian and the pet owner.
  • The dog may develop signs weeks or months later and need to be treated then.
  • His immune system may overcome the infection and he may never be sick.


TWO CLINICAL CASES

Two cases from a practitioner in a veterinary clinic in a Lyme-endemic area in Minnesota demonstrate how treatment protocols are based on a combination of testing, clinical signs, risk factors, and the approval of the dog owner. The cases show treatment procedures for a positive, symptomatic dog in Case 1 and the complexities of treating a positive, asymptomatic dog in Case 2.

CASE 1 — ZOLA: A SYMPTOMATIC DOG THAT TESTED POSITIVE FOR LYME DISEASE

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CASE 2 — ARCHIE: AN ASYMPTOMATIC DOG THAT TESTED POSITIVE FOR LYME DISEASE

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CANINE RISK FACTORS


Learn the facts about how to assess risk by geography and exposure to deer ticks.


PREVENTION


Lyme Disease is largely preventable through tick control and vaccination. Get important details.


CASE STUDIES


Read about real dogs that were diagnosed with Lyme disease.