I am really not sure what to think now. The vet today took more blood that he wants to run another CBC and do a tick serology. He also put Chase on a antibiotic (Doxycycline) He seems to think that Chase has an infection that is causing him to be tired and back end to be so stiff. Today it was like Chase was walking with stiff & straight back legs. The vet said his elbows felt a little swollen too.
He seems to think that the high Bilirubin number is an error, he too says that it doesn't make sense with all Chase's other numbers. He really doesn't feel that it is a liver issue. He explain something to the effect of the hemolysis is why the number could be falsely high.
Also he is doing a tick test, the regular vet on Monday was suppose to have done it and apparently there was some major miscommunication and now there is no results so the new vet is running a new one.
If it is not an infection, the vet thinks it possibly could be arthritis, lupus or some anti immune issue. He wants the results back from this lab work Monday or Tuesday and then we will go from there. We are hoping Chase is going to start feeling a lot better on the antibiotic medicine.
I am keeping my fingers crossed that he will be feeling much better once this medicine gets into his system!
I'll be crossing my fingers with you. Hope it all turns out well.
Been there ... sending positive thoughts your way!
We got the results from the CBC and the numbers were normal, so we are ruling out anything with his liver.
Now waiting on the tick test results early next week.
I have to say that Chase is certainly feeling better today so I am pretty sure the antibiotics are fixing whatever it is!!
I am glad he is feeling better. Given the fact that he has responded so well to the doxy I suspect that he may have Lymes. Please also take into consideration that it is possible to get a false neg depending on what type of test was done (by that I mean Western Blot, immunofluorescent antibody test (IFA), C6, ect.). Can you find out what type of test was done? I have a girl here that after 2 years tested positive to Lymes but only by using the Bowen test. More info on it here: http://www.bowen.org/NewSite/LymeDisease.html
The first vet I went to refused to treat her for Lymes so I took her to another vet that I use and she agreed to do a trial on doxy. If you want any more info on Lymes please feel free to pm me.
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I can tell you this-there are many dogs affected with Lymes that are negative but if the Doxy works keep it up. Also, many of these dogs need to stay on the Doxy a long time or need several big rounds of it. You will see a difference in how he feels after the Doxy is stopped. I know a dog that was on it for close to a year as a young dog and at 10 he is still running hunt tests.
This sounds like good news!
Was he tested for leptospirosis? A dog I train with had painful rear/spine issues but negative tick titers. The owner insisted on treating with doxycline anyway. This turned out to be a good thing, since doxy is also effective against lepto. It was only confirmed when another dog in the household came down with the same symptoms and a leptospirosis test was run.