We were in Asheville last week - early March! We took both Maddy and Busby to a dog park - which I've done numerous times before.
Two days later, I noticed she was holding up her rear hind leg. Lameness -I've now since learned is the classic first symptom of Lyme disease in dogs. Anyway, I thought she had hurt her foot, and so looked for something in her pad. Nothing.
Six hours later, she had trouble going down the stairs. Now, I was getting concerned. But she had 'shifted legs' in terms of the lameness. Another classic sign.
In bed, that night, she cuddled so tightly to me that I knew something was wrong. She seemed so depressed - DEFINITELY not my Maddy. Again, another classic sign.
When I woke the following morning, with her on my chest, and tried to stand her on the bed, she couldn't support herself and collapsed.
ZOOM! Called the best vet/hospital in Asheville and we were seen within the hour. We were blessed to have found one of the best veterinarian clinics in the region and a vet who Paul and I think walks on water, Dr. Susan Wootten.
Went through the litany of questions - yes, she was still eating well and drinking water - no, no signs of diarrhea or vomiting. Then, a complete exam with the first FRIGHTENING diagnosis that Maddy might have a neurological problem. MY HEART SANK!!!!!!!!!!!
Then, it was time to give our story. Me, well, I just jumped right to the morning's events. Then, as only Paul could do, he gently interrupted me and using his wonderful internal medicine expertise, he gave Dr. Wootten a history of Maddy, her activities and her behavior over the last THREE DAYS.
After Dr. Wootten had heard the WHOLE history - from Paul - she started the lab tests - and speculated Maddy might have contracted Lyme disease.
Maddy was given Doxycycline and Deramaxx - an anti-inflammatory for a week.
4 hours later -She's sitting.
6 hours later, she can slowly walk on the lawn and do her business.#1 and
Next morning, she's walking down the stairs and walking on the lawn.
By that afternoon, she's 80% back to her old self.
By the 3rd day - a miraculous change. She's back! All of her.
I am so very grateful to Dr. Wootten and the staff at the Animal Hospital of Asheville.
I had no clues about the symptoms of Lyme disease - and NEVER expected ticks to be a problem in early March. And, I was SO impressed with Dr. Wootten's thoroughness, her bedside manner, her follow up and again more follow up.
Hugs and singin' your praises,
Note: Maddy is a rare Lucas Terrier - there are only 300 in the world!