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Sorry to hear about Perry. Tick diseases are scary. Here we have Ehrlichia which can be transmitted in three hours so the preventatives donít help much. I use homemade topical natural repellents instead. While not foolproof, they do help immensely.
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The thing is (and the reason I think I didn't catch it) Perry has been completely normal the whole time. I guess Thursday he was actually having some diarrhea and was a little less energetic, but otherwise he hasn't acted sick or off at all this whole time (makes it harder to realize something's wrong!)
Iíve been there, with my cat. Itís such an awful feeling when you realize that they werenít doing well, but it wasnít obvious so nothing was done to fix it from the start. Itís too bad we donít get to really communicate with our 4-legged children. I am glad it worked out well, though.
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Reminder Heart Meds are important not to forget, too. I'm wondering even if you give them flea and tick meds on a routine basis, the tick or flea has to bite the dog before it dies. So, I'm wondering if an infected Tick bits a dog will the dog get sick? Or, does the tick med offer protection against infected tics or fleas? Hummmm....

And .... this is good reminder if your dog is behaving differently such as starting to pee in the house and more frequently, that probably means something is going on. When Patti went into Heat she peed constantly and had several accidents in the house. As soon as she was over her period ... things went back to normal.

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Deer ticks are in our area. I have found a tick on Scout's head a few times. The tick has to be attached more than 36 hours to transmit disease. I give my two NexGard. There was some information here about the medications adverse side effects. I asked the vet about seizures. He said it has happened, but it is rare. Because Scout and Truffles have been on it for a few years without any side effects I have continued to give it once a month to protect them.

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The purpose of flea and tick meds is to kill the tick before it has time to transmit a disease. There are many tick diseases and some are transmitted faster than others. In our area, Ehrlicia is epidemic and it can be transmitted in three hours. There are many dogs in our area that test positive for Ehrlicia who are on preventatives. My own Mia is Ehrlicia positive. This means she was bitten by a tick with Ehrlicia and her immune system mounted a defense against it. She does not have the disease. I donít think there is any preventative that will kill a tick in three hours. Therefore, I use topical preventatives and do frequent tick checks. I also keep her hair short and run a flea comb through her every day.
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The ticks in our area can carry Lyme disease which can cause serious problems.

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Haven't been in the forum in ages . . . Was worried when I saw an update on Perry was needed, and was relieved to see things are resolving. Thinking of you all on the forum even though I've been absent a lot lately . . .
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Reminder Heart Meds are important not to forget, too. I'm wondering even if you give them flea and tick meds on a routine basis, the tick or flea has to bite the dog before it dies. So, I'm wondering if an infected Tick bits a dog will the dog get sick? Or, does the tick med offer protection against infected tics or fleas? Hummmm....

And .... this is good reminder if your dog is behaving differently such as starting to pee in the house and more frequently, that probably means something is going on. When Patti went into Heat she peed constantly and had several accidents in the house. As soon as she was over her period ... things went back to normal.
I do give Perry his heart worm meds every month, just that I haven't been doing the tick meds... will start giving them regularly now too.

So, update - Perry had his repeat blood test last week and all is good - completely clean.

BUT - the silly bugger has started to limp/ not use his back leg AGAIN! The last time this happened the ortho said that it was his cruciate ligament and put him on crate rest (it was the 2nd time it had happened in the space of 6 months - the time before that was also crate rest while we were here in Kampala, the 2nd time we saw an ortho in the US). He healed up fine, it seemed, after that, but she said if it happened again she would want to do surgery - 3rd time is definitely NOT the charm! So, this will be the 3rd time

Good news and bad news at the same time - this is right before we have another trip to the US (3 weeks so Perry will come with us) so good timing to try to see the ortho again (if we can get a quick appointment since we're only there 3 weeks) - but if surgery is needed I don't know if we can get it done and the right follow ups done in 3 weeks.

So question for those who have gone through the surgery -- what was the vet follow up like after the surgery - when/ how often/ what did they do during the follow up visits/ etc.?
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I'm sorry to hear Perry is having a leg problem Melissa. It has been two years since Scout's ACL surgeries so I don't remember all the details. He had surgery in the morning and stayed overnight on an IV Fentanyl drip. We went to see him during the night and he was able to stand. The next day we met with the surgeon and she explained what was done. The surgical assistant reviewed activity and medication instructions with us. I was surprised to see Scout walk normally down the hall to us! He needed to be crated or could sit need to us if on a short leash for eight weeks. We had to carry him outside to potty. We followed the instructions to the letter! The first week he was pretty uncomfortable and would whimper. He was on an antibiotic for a week. I gave him Tramdol and an NSAID for pain and Acepromazine to keep him sedated. I applied cool packs to the incision for a few days and then warm packs. He had a two week post-op visit with the surgeon and the staples were removed. I didn't see the exam. I'm sure they have seen some get anxious watching. �� She said he could now go on a very short walk, but needed six more weeks of crating. Scout had another recheck at four or six weeks. Eight weeks was his last post-op visit with the surgeon. He was good to go. �� Unfortunately a few weeks later he started limping on his other leg. This time the ACL ruptured, but the meniscus was not torn. Poor Scout had eight more weeks of crating. I'm grateful he had a wonderful surgeon and has made a full recovery. He runs like crazy now! I'll be thinking of you and Perry.
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