When you’re trying to figure out what’s wrong with your dog, sometimes the obvious is the answer. Sometimes, though, your veterinarian might be missing a part of the picture.
BooBoo is a rescue who loves hiking in the woods with her family. Her mom is sharing her story to help save lives. That spring, the whole family went for a lovely hike and they often did. It was one of the first nice days and they took full advantage of it.
As always, a thorough check for ticks followed the outing. None of the dogs seemed to have picked-up any.
The next day, when BooBoo was running after a squirrel, she slipped and fell. Being clumsy wasn’t like her, though. BooBoo continued chasing the squirrel nonetheless.
It wasn’t until later that day when BooBoo started limping and wouldn’t put any weight on her hind right leg. Could she have damaged her cruciate ligament? A knee injury was the first thing BooBoo’s mom was concerned about.
She talked to their veterinarian and then gave BooBoo a pain medication she had in case BooBoo’s hips were bothering her.
Over the next five days, BooBoo got better and then regressed.
At the veterinarian
BooBoo’s mom brought her to a veterinarian to see whether it was indeed a CCL injury. The veterinarian also suggested running a Lyme test even though they did one recently and BooBoo was on tick preventive.
BooBoo’s parents were convinced that the slip was behind her lameness though, and passed on the blood test.
BooBoo gets worse
The next weekend, BooBoo was curled up on a couch and whimpered as she tried to change position. The pain medication clearly was not helping. And BooBoo’s mom became concerned that there might be something else going on than a simple injury.
The made an appointment for early morning Monday but it was not soon enough.
On Sunday morning they found BooBoo on the floor, lethargic and reluctant to move. She wouldn’t eat anything and was running a high fever. Her parents rushed her to an emergency clinic.
At the emergency
The first thing BooBoo needed was bringing her temperature down. In the meantime, her mom explained the events of the past week and the attending veterinarian too recommended a Lyme test. But the in-house snap test came back negative.
Because of BooBoo’s symptoms, though, the veterinarian felt she does have a tick-borne disease and decided to run a full tick panel. Because it was going to take a few days to get the results, they started BooBoo on antibiotics right away.
With treatment, BooBoo’s fever broke and she was able to come back home with oral medications.
BooBoo gets worse again
A couple of days later, however, in spite of the treatment, BooBoo’s temperature spiked again and she ended up back at the veterinary ER.
What could be wrong with BooBoo? They discussed all the things that could cause these symptoms which would not respond to antibiotics, starting with autoimmune disease and ending with cancer. A battery of further tests ruled all that out.
At this time, BooBoo’s care team consisted of five veterinarians all of which were bamboozled by what was making BooBoo so sick.
What do you figure was wrong with BooBoo? Do you think it was a tick-borne disease after all? What would you do if it was your dog?
Read Booboo’s story here.
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