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chinquapinryder



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PostSubject: Lyme Disease   February 3rd 2008, 9:42 pm

Anyone have any experience with it?

Our 4 year old was just diagnosed with it and now has to be on thyroid medicine the rest of her life
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PostSubject: Re: Lyme Disease   February 3rd 2008, 11:23 pm

ticks are nasty bad news for everyone that is for sure really need to be careful with them! Get some good spray and don't try to pull them off yourself just spray them and wait for them to die you can catch disease just from pulling them off yuck! Ive done quite a bit of reseach on Lyme Disease and humans not horses and it is nothing to mess around with never heard of it affecting the thyroid hmmm it is more of a neurological disease but there is a lot we don't know about it really.

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PostSubject: Re: Lyme Disease   February 4th 2008, 8:37 pm

hey,

We have only had her less then 6 months and the vet said she most likely has had this since before we bought her. I am fanatical about tick so we have the good sprays and stuff. Everyone gets checked all the time.

Was wondering alot on luck showing with all this.
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PostSubject: Re: Lyme Disease   February 5th 2008, 11:01 am

Hi

Im so sorry to hear that.
Our boy got Lymes disease when he was a yearling.He had to have injections everyday for 7 days then a 3 week course of tablets,70 a day.

Every horse is differnet on how they react but with ours its ruined him,he has now a very low immune system.We are hoping when he matures as he only 4 this year that his immune system will kick in and he wont be susceptable to everything.

Many horses go on and lead very normal happy lives and you would never know they had the problem.Once theyve got it theyve got it for life too.Interestingly though where we live the vet said if he tested the Wild New Forest ponies that 90% would have it.Its just how they cope with it thats the problem.Many things lie dormant in our horses without us realising.

Our poor boy had a thorn lodged in his jaw and he ended up on 90 tablets a day as his immune system couldnt deal with it like a normal horse.
It can effect there joints,gives them slight arthritic appearance,can swell the joints.There are many,many side affects but you may be lucky.

Bear in mind a tick only has to suck on a horse etc for 2 hours and your horse can be affected.All it needs is the one tick carrying the disease.
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PostSubject: Re: Lyme Disease   February 12th 2008, 10:41 pm

now the vet is saying her test results say she is negative for lyme and thyroid problem so he is totally puzzled especially because the doxycycline and thyro L are working and she is feeling better.

She went back into training today and the trainer said she was okay just weak.
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PostSubject: Re: Lyme Disease   February 13th 2008, 9:35 am

Yes, we had one that got hit super hard with Lyme this past Fall... high fever, all four legs swollen like stumps... Cornell stated he had one of the highest readings they've seen..... 5 days of IV and a month of antib. "knock on wood" he's been 110% since and currently in training.

Try the paste meds, they are easier then crushing all the tablets... more expensive, but worth the time.
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PostSubject: Re: Lyme Disease   February 13th 2008, 10:48 am

Thanks, the trainers say that she is a talented menace about the pills they crush them add some sugar and water and she will still spit them back out if they do not hold her head up till his arm gets tired.


Any one have any idea or seen anything like what going on Lyme symptoms but negative for lyme.
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PostSubject: Re: Lyme Disease   February 13th 2008, 2:22 pm

Did they run a blood test to rule Lyme out? Lyme can be very damaging if not treated immediately..

http://www.lyme-disease-info.com/horses_lyme_disease.htm
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PostSubject: Re: Lyme Disease   February 15th 2008, 8:25 pm

yup,

the vet was 90 % positive it was lyme so we went ahead and started treatment to get a jump start on it. Then we got the results back a few days ago and she is negative for luyme and her thyroid levels are normal.
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