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Surprising Cause of Lyme Disease in Dogs

Discussion in 'Doberman Health and News Articles' started by strykerdobe, Apr 4, 2017.

  1. strykerdobe

    strykerdobe Hot Topics Subscriber

    Interesting read about Lyme disease in dogs.

    Dr Patricia Jordan forwarded an interesting email to me and I’d like to share it with you.

    But first, I want to take a look at what conventional veterinarians think is the cause of Lyme disease in dogs. So I went to PetMD, one of the largest and most used veterinary sites in the world to find out what vets are telling pet owners.

    And I got what I was looking for nearly instantly. I say nearly instantly because I had to watch a commercial for pet insurance first.

    Vets Are Ignoring Important Research
    So once the commercial was over, I found a video and article by veterinarian Dorothy Jackson from The Veterinary Cancer Center.

    In the video and accompanying article, Dr Jackson has this to say about the cause of Lyme disease:

    Lyme disease “is one of the most commonly transmitted tick transmitted diseases in dogs but isn’t caused by the tick itself.” And human research would agree with her on this point.

    Lyme disease isn’t as simple as a bite from a tick.

    Lyme disease researchers and specialists have found that the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria we used to think were the cause of Lyme disease aren’t the real cause.

    In most cases, Lyme disease only occurs when there is an existing health issue in the patient … called coinfection.

    Tick Bites Are Not The Primary Cause Of Lyme Disease
    Swiss researcher Dr Thomas Rau studied groups of farmers who lived in areas where Lyme was common and were most likely to be exposed to Lyme and he found something interesting.

    80% of the farmers were diagnosed with Lyme disease.

    But of that 80%, only 2% showed any symptoms.

    That means the vast majority of the farmers with Lyme disease were able to fight it off on their own. So Dr Rau set out to discover why some people were more susceptible than others.

    And this is where it gets really interesting …

    Dr Rau discovered that 100% of the people who developed full blown Lyme symptoms had other viruses, which stressed the immune system.

    This is inline with current research that revealed the link between existing health issues and Lyme disease symptoms back in the 90s.

    The Real Risk Of Lyme Disease
    The Borrelia bacteria found in ticks typically causes flu-like symptoms. Dr Rau’s research shows that about a third of ticks carry Borrelia.

    So if your dog is bitten by a tick, it’s only 33% likely to carry the potentially harmful Borrelia bacteria.

    If the tick is infected, then you or your dog will typically develop flu-like symptoms and possibly a rash at the site of infection. This is the first stage of Lyme disease.

    Dr Rau and other researchers estimate that only 10 to 20 percent of tick bites will lead to stage 1 Lyme disease.

    If untreated however, 30% of stage 1 cases will lead to stage 2 (where bacteria can infect the skin, joints, kidneys and sometimes the heart).

    So your dog has about a 1% to 2% chance of stage 2 Lyme disease … the kind of Lyme disease that can really make him sick.

    Stage 3 Lyme is the chronic stage, which can appear months or even years after infection. The most common symptoms are joint and muscle pain.

    Only 1% of stage 2 cases of Lyme progress to stage 3.

    This mirrors research done in dogs.

    Most Dogs Never Get Sick
    In a study conducted at the University of Pennsylvania, beagles were experimentally infected with Lyme disease. Yet none of the adult dogs showed any symptoms of the disease.

    Beagle puppies, who would have weaker immune systems than adult dogs, showed about four days of transient symptoms of infection such as fever and lameness in the same study.

    After four days of on-and-off symptoms, the pups became asymptomatic; which means their bodies cleared the infection without any treatment.

    According to Meryl P Littman (University of Pennsylvania’s School of Veterinary Medicine), exposure to Lyme disease is common, but the disease isn’t:

    “Ninety-five percent of exposed dogs don’t get sick, but they become Lyme antibody-positive on tests, which may scare people into thinking they need to be treated,” she says. “In some areas in New England, 70 to 90 percent of healthy dogs are Lyme-positive. At PennVet, we found about 40 percent of healthy dogs are Lyme-positive in our area.”

    So it seems that Lyme disease isn’t all that common and dogs aren’t that likely to get it, even when infected.

    So why are we so worried about Lyme disease?
    Read more here:
    Lyme treatment
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  2. WiglWerm

    WiglWerm Hot Topics Subscriber

    Funny you just posted this...I was just reading about this yesterday!
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