Golden Retriever Dog Forums banner

1 - 20 of 32 Posts

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
16,423 Posts
Discussion Starter #1
The specialist we saw today sleuthed out the problem with Tally's declining red and white blood cell counts. . . MoverKing and Tippykayak were very close and much closer than my regular vets. He has a doggy version of cat scratch fever (bartonella), and his young,primed immune system has already fought it off pretty successfully. He just has 14 days worth of medicine, and she says his CBC will return to normal by May. I danced around with all three dogs, and I am grateful for my sweetface after a rough month of uncertainty and scary big medical terms.
 

·
Thumper fan
Joined
·
998 Posts
The specialist we saw today sleuthed out the problem with Tally's declining red and white blood cell counts. . . MoverKing and Tippykayak were very close and much closer than my regular vets. He has a doggy version of cat scratch fever (bartonella), and his young,primed immune system has already fought it off pretty successfully. He just has 14 days worth of medicine, and she says his CBC will return to normal by May. I danced around with all three dogs, and I am grateful for my sweetface after a rough month of uncertainty and scary big medical terms.

Oh, I wish I knew how to do cartwheels! So happy for your good news! :D
 

·
Tracer, Rumor & Cady
Joined
·
10,683 Posts
What a relief!! So happy for you and Tally!!
 

·
In the Moment
Joined
·
20,515 Posts
Oh, what fantastic news !!!!! Having lived through the auto-immune anemia with Cody, I would not wish that journey on anyone. SO very, very glad for you ......and big kudos and hugs to that specialist.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
16,423 Posts
Discussion Starter #8
It's all the darn ticks. I am really reconsidering my devotion to some of the forest/field walks even though we love them. It's just not worth going through this, and the frontline doesnt seem to work well enough. I am wondering if anyone uses the preventic collar? At first I thought the doctor meant that kitty Delilah, who we rescued last year, gave it to Tally, but she said it is a common co-infection with any tick infection like Lyme, and that Delilah was innocent.;)
 

·
Missing my sweet Oliver
Joined
·
225 Posts
I am so happy with that news. I was worried about your beautiful Tally. I am sure you will sleep soundly tonight. I hate ticks. I'll keep my guys on the paths instead of the woods as soon as we defrost.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
21,134 Posts
:dblthumb2:yipee::yipee::yipee::party::party::--big_grin::--happy::D:D
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
16,423 Posts
Discussion Starter #13
How do they get Cat Scratch Fever from Ticks?
Lol, you'll have to wait for Tippykayak or Moverking to sign on and explain it(to me too) . My head hurts!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
43,252 Posts
That is great news!!!!
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
2,451 Posts
Lol, you'll have to wait for Tippykayak or Moverking to sign on and explain it(to me too) . My head hurts!

Hi Jill....you know how THRILLED I am to hear about Tally!!:) Thank heavens for the Specialist! I have been so worried about him. I have to say, I was wondering the same thing about getting it from ticks. Here in WA. we don't have as many ticks, but then....mine don't go in the woods either here. I know that in Oregon, they have more of a problem with ticks than we do here. I am anxious to hear their explanation.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
10,499 Posts
Wonderful news, Jill! I do know that some people have switched to Advantix from Frontline. My friend Lori who tracks and does some field also uses the Preventic collar and she swears by them
 

·
Inactive
Joined
·
11,326 Posts
How do they get Cat Scratch Fever from Ticks?
The Bartonella bacteria is the cause, and it can be carried by ticks, just like the bacteria that causes Lyme and the whole other host of tick-borne illnesses. It's likely Tally got it from a tick, but there isn't a whole lot of data yet about the way this disease is carried by ticks, how likely it is to get passed on by the tick, and just how many ticks carry it.

It got the name "cat scratch fever" because it causes a distinctive skin reaction when a cat who's carrying it scratches or bites a human, but that's not the only (and maybe not even the most common) way to be exposed to it.
 

·
Premium Member
Joined
·
16,423 Posts
Discussion Starter #19
Is she guilty??? Or was it a tick?


 

·
Inactive
Joined
·
11,326 Posts
Congrats, by the way, to you and Tally. And don't blame the sweet kitty. They can get Bartonella from tick or flea bites just as easily as from the cat directly (if she's even a carrier).
 
1 - 20 of 32 Posts
Top