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Unhappy @#$% Ticks!!!

I had to take Kodi to the vet this afternoon. Poor little guy is not feeling well at all. He seems to be hurting all over, doesn't want to move, just wants to sleep, and he didn't eat supper last night or breakfast this morning. (and he is NOT a picky eater!!!) At one point when I went to check on him, and just gently stroked his side, he growled at me!!! Not a big mean growl, but a grumpy, "leave me alone" growl. He's never done that in his life!

Yesterday when he was tired in the morning, I thought it was because of our busy day on Sunday. But when he kept getting worse instead of better, I knew there was a problem. I called the vet first thing this morning, and set up an appointment for him.

The working hypothesis at this point is that although he tested negative for tick diseases, that's what PROBABLY is wrong with him. They also took blood to do a complete panel, and I'm supposed to bring them a stool sample tomorrow, just to rule out other possibilities. But I guess they can act sick before they develop enough antibodies to show in a titer, so a negative titer doesn't mean no tick-borne disease.

The problem is, he's not eating, so they can't start him on oral Doxy, or it will just make him sick to his stomach and likely to vomit the meds. So they gave him injections of an anti-inflamatory, Penicillin (which I guess is also effective against these diseases) and something to settle his stomach. Poor guy thought he was a pin cushion by the time he left the vet's office! And the whole time there, he either lay on the table, or lay on my lap. He looked so pathetic.

He's still pretty miserable tonight, but I made him boiled chicken and rice for supper, and he did eat a little of that before disappearing into his crate again. Tomorrow, when the full blood panel comes back, they'll decide exactly how they want to treat him. Right now I'm going to take him up to bed with me so I can keep an eye on him!


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OH MY GOSH Karen!! I am SO saddened to read this news... poor sweet Kodi.
I will be praying for him and that the Drs can figure out what is wrong asap!!

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Poor Kodi . . .so sorry he's feeling so puny . Is it not extraordinarily early for ticks up there? Though I have heard much of the country's mild winter will make for a nasty bug year. Keep us posted.




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oh no..I feel so sorry for your poor little guy..( and you too..it is so hard to watch our pups when they don't feel good) Hope things get better soon!!

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Poor Kodi! Hope he feel better soon!
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Awww...poor Kodi. Sure hope he's back to his regular self soon.

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Poor little buddy. I hope they get to the bottom of what is making him feel so awful. I know when Scudder got Lyme it was instant. He was running around and then it was like he hit a brick wall. I took him to the vet immediately and he tested positive for 2 tick born diseases. Good luck and keep us posted. Give him lots of kisses and hugs.





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Oh No. I totally agree. @#$% Ticks!!! It is good you got him right on abx. I am totally for being better safe than sorry? what is it that made the vet think TBD? Does Kodi have joint pain? a fever?

No pun intended (well I guess it is intended) ticks suck!!!

please keep us posted and belly rubs to Kodi.




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Karen - I'm so sorry Kodi feels so rotten. He surely couldn't ask for a better caretaker than you - hey, it's just really rough for us when our dogs don't feel well.

Prayers flowing for Kodi and you; please keep us posted!

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Poor Kodi . . .so sorry he's feeling so puny . Is it not extraordinarily early for ticks up there? Though I have heard much of the country's mild winter will make for a nasty bug year. Keep us posted.
Unfortunately, he has come in with ticks on him several times this winter. It's just never been cold enough to beat them back. (no snow to speak of either). And that's even with Advantix on him at all times.


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