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My dog was first diagnosed with leukemia, Now my vet thinks it my be the result of a tick bite. The symptoms are the same or similar to both diseases. What do I do?
 

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Actually I have never heard of leukemia being caused by a tick bite. Did your vet explain where he learned this? I have a real problem putting my arms around it. Is he saying that the dog's autoimmune system was compromised due to a tick bite and this allowed the leukemia. Leukemia is a cancer and I am not aware of it being "caused" by something else. Having lost a young dog to leukemia this subject is rather dear to me and i would love to know what the vet meant.
 

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Also meant to add a tick bite is not a disease. What disease is he saying has the same symptoms as leukemia?
 

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I had a dog with Lyme. So I am assuming that is what they mean by Tick disease. I am not sure of the connection. I agree it would make their immune system weaker but it seems like apples and oranges ... Maybe you could ask the vet if there is some connection to viruses causing Leukemia and that is the connection he is making.
My never had an issue with leukemia. Mine took an antibotic for almost a year until his numbers went down .. through his blood...
 

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Your vet should run a blood test to find out if your dog has a tick born disease (TBD). If the symptoms are similiar to leukemia, confirming or ruling out TBD should be the first thing you do.
 

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After reading the other thread I have a better understanding of what Peggy's vet is saying.
Babesiosis and Ehrlichiosis can mimic leukemia. While ehrilichiosis is treated with doxycycline and has minimal side effects, treatment of babesiosis is much more tenuous.
Has the vet considered trying the doxy at this time to at least see if there is any improvement while running further tests to try and get the problem pinpointed?

I will post this also in Peggy's other thread.
 

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My dog was first diagnosed with leukemia, Now my vet thinks it my be the result of a tick bite. The symptoms are the same or similar to both diseases. What do I do?
I would take him to a specialist and get a second opinion.
 

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I, too, would get a second opinion.
Bumping up for more suggestions!
 

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I had a long and scary time when my dog had some serious anemia, and the vet wanted to do a bone marrow sample for hystiosarcoma. This scared the daylights out of me, so I went to a board certified Tufts U internist. Turns out, it was a tick-borne disease called bartonella that is really outside a regular vet's pervue in my geography, and needs a big tick panel to be taken. Is is red or white blood cell issues that are confounding your vet? When the white ones clutter up, it is tick anaplasmosis sometimes. With certain kinds of anemia, it can be some weirder tick things.
 
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