Not the most eloquant title for a blog post I know. But ticks are becoming a serious health hazard. On the weekend I noticed that my Australian Shepherd, Belle was off her food. However, it's not unusual for her to be fussy about her diet so I didn't really think much of it. Sometimes she will hold out to see if there are any better offerings.
I was away Sunday night through Tuesday to attend course. On Monday I recieved a text from Ed that Belle was not only not eating, she was just laying around refusing to move. He took her to the Vet's on Tuesday who found a scab from a tick bite on her neck. She also had a high fever. The vet suspected it was a bacterial infection from the tick- specifically she was thinking it was 'Anaplasmois'. They pulled blood work and it was negative but this is, apparrently, common in the acute phase of the infection. We opted to treat it anyway. If we treated for that then we should see a response in 24-48 hours. If she didn't respond then further tests would be needed.
Belle recieved a shot of anitbiotics and then pills for follow up. By Weds morning she was much more like her old self so it looks like that was the cause.
I'm considering advancing the chicken agenda to tackle this problem.