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The calendar showed it was time for Landon’s annual vet check as well as his three-year rabies vaccination, but he scored lots of treats too.
Asked if he wanted to go for a Jeep ride, Landon eagerly bounded down the steps and jumped up in The Herd’s limousine. Only once he realized that none of his siblings were on the trip did he question where we were headed. Always shy around people, he carefully inspected the room and was settling in for the visit when he overheard the word “vaccination.”
His three-year rabies booster applied, bloodwork showing good health (see our comments about Lyme below), and everything else checking out well, Landon decided this wasn’t a bad trip after all. That might have had something to do with the plentiful treats used to help win over our reluctant patient.
Our surprise yesterday was learning that Landon tested positive for exposure to Lyme bacteria. We can’t remember ever removing a tick from him and regularly use a tick repellant on all of the dogs, but he also came to us as an adult just like everyone else, so we don’t know much about his early life.
The good news is that the vast majority of dogs who test positive remain asymptomatic for their entire lives and never develop Lyme Disease. The standard treatment in cases like this is to do nothing but observe. With the new knowledge, we will keep a keen eye for any signs of lameness and can treat if the disease does develop.
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