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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-26-2007, 07:28 AM Thread Starter
 
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Ewww, a tick!

Okay, I am grossed out and feeling bad. I found a tick on Skiver last night. I *know* this couldn't have come from Michigan, ticks aren't liking all the snow we have, and poor little skive doesn't like to go out in it, either, so I'm thinking he's had it all this time, and I didn't see it! And my house is clean So it must be from Florida where it was warm. 3 weeks! Doesn't look like that bad kind that gives Lyme disease, besides, he would have been lame by now, but we saved it for the vet to look at anyway.

Would it have been too little for me to see, and then grown? Please ease my guilt for not seeing it I used to look at my other dogs in the summer when they'd been out in the woods, looked at my kids, but in the summer, for gosh sakes, never thought to look for ticks in January in Michigan!!

Anyway, he slept better last night, maybe that was part of his problem. He is doing better now, still coughs a little bit, but I am thinking part of that is for attention now if that is possible.

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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-26-2007, 07:36 AM
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Joanne, Is he on antibiotics? AT least if it is lyme disease that might help it. I would def. take the tick to the vet right away to make sure that this wasnt his problem all along!! Poor Skiver - he has had quit a go of it lately!!
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Yeah, he's been on antibiotics for the last 10 days because of the kennel cough, but I really don't think it's lyme disease. He's not exibiting any symptoms of it, and the tick doesn't look like a deer tick or the kind that transmits it. BUT, we are taking it into the vet today for him to look at.

Yeah, this is the third thing we've had since we've gotten him from the breeders 3 weeks ago. Is Melissa really serious about listing our breeders? I don't think I should....

On the bright side, he is gaining weight (will probably gain more now that the nasty tick is gone!) is active, loves his home and us, and we couldn't love him more. One other thing, he never had separation anxiety when he left his breeder. Funny...
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Jeeze - big surprise!! He was probably planning an escape before you came to get him!!!
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What type of antibiotics has be been on?
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The pink stuff...amoxicillin. The vet didn't want to give him anything that would interfer with his growth plates. That isn't the normal antibiotic for Lyme, I know, but then again, we never suspected it, and again, he is not having any symptoms. No lameness, no fever, nothing.

I think it just bothers me more than anything. One, that *I* missed it. Two, that *they* missed it, if in fact it was there when we got the pup. I supose there is an off chance that a tick was living in the snow in 9 degree weather and jumped on Skiver when he did his business next to our sidewalk, but I have my doubts. But they do start out as really little ticks and then grow, right? Would have been easy to miss in all his fur?
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Joanne, your not a bad mom! That would be so easy to miss. I didnt know their would be ticks in that cold of weather either. Im glad your at least taking it to the vet, it will ease your mind.

Im not saying everyone should list their breeders at all, just if you want to. Or if a breeder wants to start a thread and show how they run things. Ok with me.
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