Ramona Blais

by Ramona
(Mass)

Hello, I am searching for help with my mini schnauzer! She is going to be 5 years old in March. She was diagnosed with Lyme disease when she was 2, and was treated at that time. She has been acting strangely for a while but seems to be getting more severe now. She has issues walking on the floors, she literally will wall backwards at a turtle speed and then Turn and try to "peel out" of the kitchen as fast as her legs can go. She started last winter with not wanting to come thru the door, and having us pick her up and carry her into the house. She also will come up on the porch, bark to be let in and as soon as you go to let her in she runs back down the steps and starts kicking the dirt, snow, or just air kick her paws and takes flight. We have had to go out side in the rain, snow and sleet to try to "catch" her and bring her inside. She was healthy at her las vet appt. and is eating and drinking, pooping fine. She also will stay under the table and just give us a bark, witch means come get me, for us to get her. I Have done some research on dogs with Lymes disease trying to see if it causes mental or psychological damage/ changes to the dogs affected by it but couldn't reall find any info. Then I found you, ask any questions , so here it is. Lol. Thank you for your time, I will be anxiously waiting for a response from you. Thank you , Ramona

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Lyme diesease in dogs
by: Linda and Max

Hi Ramona,
We don't have much experience of Lyme disease as it is not common in the UK.
This is what Pet MD says: "Lyme disease is one of the most common tick-transmitted diseases in the world. It is caused by a spirochete (bacteria) species of the Borrelia burgdorferi group. Dominant clinical feature in dogs is recurrent lameness due to inflammation of the joints. There may also be a lack of appetite and depression. More serious complications include damage to the kidney, and rarely heart or nervous system disease."

We have heard of it affecting the nervous system (it sounds like your dog's problem may be neurological - unless she has had a stroke, although the Lyme Disease was three years ago) -or she may have some other neurological complaint. Either way it sounds like she needs checking out.
What we would do is keep a diary of her behaviour for a week. If possible, film her strange behaviour on your phone or video camera, then go and see your vet and he or she will be able to see how she is and make a judgement.
Good luck, let us know how you get on.

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