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I'm looking for info on canine lyme disease. I have a 7 yr. old beautiful dog I adopted 4 1/2 yrs. ago. Although he came from a shelter in Denver, I don't know where he lived the first 3 years of his life. He has had infrequent seizures (every 6 months), and last Friday had a different type of episode that lasted over 12 hours. I did take him to my vet, they did blood work and checked him out but couldn't really find anything. He was having trouble with his front legs, would try to go to the door to go out, but would lay down and start crying. He also had trouble jumping up onto the couch. Anyway, a friend mentioned lyme disease affecting front legs. Can you suggest any websites or research on canine lyme disease? Thank you.

Turns out Buddy was tested for lyme disease last summer, so I guess that rules that out. Thanks.


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I'm looking for info on canine lyme disease. I have a 7 yr. old beautiful dog I adopted 4 1/2 yrs. ago. Although he came from a shelter in Denver, I don't know where he lived the first 3 years of his life. He has had infrequent seizures (every 6 months), and last Friday had a different type of episode that lasted over 12 hours. I did take him to my vet, they did blood work and checked him out but couldn't really find anything. He was having trouble with his front legs, would try to go to the door to go out, but would lay down and start crying. He also had trouble jumping up onto the couch. Anyway, a friend mentioned lyme disease affecting front legs. Can you suggest any websites or research on canine lyme disease? Thank you.

Turns out Buddy was tested for lyme disease last summer, so I guess that rules that out. Thanks.


Sorry to hear about your pup. Lyme disease is a disease that can hide and linger for months before it causes symptoms, but it is pretty unusual at this altitude. If your pup has traveled out of state with you in the last year, then it is more likely.

In general front leg pain and crying can be neurologic (i.e. neck pain masquerading as front leg pain), orthopedic (i.e. sprained shoulders or elbows especially from slipping out the ice), or something more systemic (such as tick-borne illnesses or meningitis/encephalitis).

If your pup is still painful he probably needs to be checked out again, and possibly even referred to a specialist if no obvious diagnosis is found. Good luck and hope he feels better soon.


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Thank you so much for your input. Buddy's vet did call today to check on him, and I'll follow up if he doesn't improve.


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i'm so sorry, mirsh, it's horrible to hear your baby crying and not know how to help him - good luck and keep us updated!


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Thanks wildgoose2. Sometimes I wish dogs could talk, but that might open a can of worms.


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We've always thought that if Daisy could talk...................she would probably never shut up! LOL

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I was going to say the same thing, not specific to Daisy though. :lol:


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o gosh mirsh, that tears me up. my dog had 'freezures' after any self-perceived trauma so i learned to be very cognizant of what she may interpret from incidents, and thankfully they were mostly under control the last 8 years of her life. but the crying of your guy? that would kill me. most dogs aren't very expressive regarding pain so you often have no idea without constant observation, but this guy's talking! has your vet recommended rimadyl to possibly relieve some of the pain while you figure out the true problem? please don't delay - this doesn't sound like it's going away on its own!


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Buddy seems to be back to his perky self. The best Christmas present for me was his laying on the couch with his head on my lap and wanting me to pet him. The vet did have him on Rimadyl (I use Novox-it's less expensive) for 2 days. He hasn't cried since Saturday. Thank you all for your thoughts and concerns.


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so glad to hear, mirsh! i've stuck w/ rimadyl since ranger treats it as a, well, treat. aftr he cleans up his spilled food, he gets his 'dessert'. before i used the generic - carprofen? - but peanut butter & cheese don't work for this guy. after buying & messing w/ canned food or pill pockets to hide it, i was paying just as much. i'll ask about novox. merry late xmas!


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