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Haemobartonellosis / Hemotropic Mycoplasmosis

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I mentioned on the forum over the last few months how Max has been 'out of sorts'. Background is we live half the year in Las Vegas and half the year in the Republic of Panama.

He is very allergic so instead of giving parvo/distemper vaccines all the time he gets Titer tests. This year his blood work for the Titer came back with high levels of ALK Phosphates = 1546 way above the average. Nobody could figure out why. My vet in the US put him on a daily dose of Marin which reduced the enzyme level to 740 after the first month. We also did an ultrasound but that proved inconclusive.

He seemed to be out of sorts a lot and just not his usual happy self - then this week he went off his food and wouldn't touch it.

Long story short I took him to the vet in Panama as we are there now and she took some blood. She sent the blood to the government lab and the results came back today that he has Haemobartonellosis - a large amount in his red blood cells that affect his liver and symptoms are weight loss / loss of appetite and decreased appetite/thirst.

Anyway I don't know much about this and Max is now on antibiotics and an immune booser (Transfer Factor) for the next month...

Am wondering if anyone else has gone through this - the vet here explained it is predominantly found in more tropical climates and I am just keeping my fingers crossed that the antibiotics work some magic and Max goes back to being healthy and happy.

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so sorry to hear this. Poor guy . Saying a prayer for him . Keep us up to date.

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don't know anything about this, but hoping Max gets back to his old self quickly

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I've only heard them referred to as bartonella and anaplasmosis. Both are tick borne diseases. Good thing they were found. antibiotics can cure these. Don'tbe afraid to ask to keep him on longer than a month if he is not back to normal. TF factor will help his immune system regulate. Again, I think longer than a month would be worthwhile.




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Thanks Missy - I have been worried for a while but because nothing was conclusive while in the US I had nothing to base my worries on.....I called my vet in US after I got these results and they said cases are so few and far between it would not have been on their radar.....I am willing to have him on the antibiotics for longer as long as it helps him.....just such a worry - he makes our family complete and we just want him healthy and happy like he used to be ...
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Yikes! I spend a lot of time in Costa Rica and I have friends there with dogs. Many of the dogs there also have Ehrlichia as well. Dogs native to the area have a bit of resistance, but North American dogs are very suseptible. Are you dogs platalets low? You might want to get tested for ehrlichia as well; the combo of both it hemobartonella is particularly bad.

Both are spread by ticks are very common in central america. What do you use for tick prevention? I know they are very bad down there certain times of the year. I helped my friend pick about 20 ticks off her dog one day only to find him covered with him again the next (and that was after a shampoo with tick/flea shampoo and application of revolution)

Hope your pup feels better soon.


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Take care, Max! Get well soon.

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His erlichea results came back negative.....we live in a condo and use Frontline although I am careful when he goes out not to go near any really grassy / bushy areas as I know how bad those areas are. What do your friends in Costa Rica use for their flea/tick prevention ?
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My friends use whatever they can find or get people to bring from the US. They don't have much available down there and the ticks are really bad in March/April/May when I was visiting last. Some give Doxycycline everyday to try and prevent infection.


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