Our dog(age 2) was adopted over 18 months ago and came with a history of many ticks (his previous home was in CT). His first and only lymes
titer was done recently and the results as conveyed to me from the vet were that they were borderline, meaning that
he at one time I suppose was infected with the bacteria. He has been asymptomic since he has owned us. Q: If I decide not to treat a borderline titer, could this cause problems in years to come? Does the bacteria or virus live dormantly? Should I treat my dog with antibiotics? I do not understand the disease(Lymes) or its process. Please explain.
Lymes dz is caused by a spirochete, transmitted by the deer tick. Polyarthritis is the most common clinical sign. Other signs include, weight loss, enlarged lymph nodes, and lethargy. If you pet is clinical for the disease and has a rising titer then I would treat for lymes dz. the treatment is usually doxycline fo 21 days. Animals with an active infection will show a rapid response to the ab's. Good luck, vetcarerx vetteam