Ehrlichia Canis

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  1. Blondie

    Blondie New Member

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    Blondie, our 10-month-old Cocker Spaniel was diagnosed with ehrlichia canis back in September. It was caused by a tick bite, said the vet.

    Blondie's our first dog. When we didn't have one, I heard stories of dogs being bit by ticks and getting sick, and heard it was very bad, but I never had any idea how bad it was.

    Now the vet has explained me, that this kind of tick is very resistant to any kind of medication there is, and it's a special kind of tick that transmits it, mixture of ticks brought from vietnam after the war by the american army's dogs, and our native ticks. Those kind of ticks started coming down the continent and now this kind of resistant erhlichia is only present in Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. (We won the "lottery", huh) So, according to the vet, that's why there's no medication for it, because who would research to find a cure for an illness that's only a problem in 3 Third-World countries? :(

    It was kind of shoking because both of the vets I asked got very serious, looked at me, very sad and said "Your dog has ehrlichia". Knowing as little about it as I do, it meant nothing for me. Now I've come to understand it's like a kind of cancer, that it's never going to leave my dog, he'll never be healed, it's going to be in his blood all his life. Since there's no cure for it, we can only try to control the symptoms by giving him antibiotics, such as imizol and doxycycline... (I'm not sure I spelled those right).

    His hemogram showed ++++ erhlichia in September. Thursday he had another one made, and he had ++. He doesn't have anemia anymore but is shedding a lot, so he's taking vitamins again. I was wondering, and I know it's hard about ehrlichia because most of you people are in the states, but I'd like to know if there's someone around who has had the same problem with ticks or any other illness that won't go away. We were even thinking about starting a foundation here in Costa Rica, or an online club, or anything, to reunite people who have dogs with erhlichia and do something. Any comments will be very appreciated.
     
  2. Renee750il

    Renee750il Felurian

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    I think that's a very good idea. When people with common cause band together good things can happen.
     
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    JRT_Rattie_Mom Terrier Lover!

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    I'm so sorry to hear about Blondie having ehrlichia canis. I think your idea of bringing others together that are dealing with this illness is a great idea! Putting together an online resource (since this sounds like it limited to just Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama for now?) should work well, to reach as many as possible. I run several cooking related email lists on www.yahoogroups.com, and when our JRT Lucy went blind in September I joined a blind dog group there with close to 1,800 members! When I started researching "diet" changes after Lucy went blind.. I also found many diet/health related lists there. I just did a search for a list on "ehrlichia canis" and it looks like there is nothing there so far! Setting up a list on yahoogroups is very easy... and if you decide to start one, and have questions just let me know... I will be happy to help!

    Hugs to you & Blondie!

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    Thank you Renee and Karen! And I have bad news for you guys, I found an article about Ehrlichia Canis (also known as Canine Ehrlichiosis) and it says it can be found in America, too! :( I found it reading an article Renee posted on Ticks. Here's the link: http://www.workingdogs.com/doc0045.htm
     

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