Friday, April 23, 2010

Stupid pet ticks!

It's official: I have Ehrlichiosis. So the antibiotics M and J think they have been hiding in my liverwurst and cheddar cheese treats twice a day will now continue for six-to-eight weeks, instead of stopping after just two. Marvelous. Truth be told, I've been feeling pretty wiped-out the past few days. I don't understand how some piddly thing that looks like this:

carried in something that looks like this:

can kick the slats out from under something that looks like this:

GRRRR!!! It just doesn't make sense. Oh, well . . . what-ever! We do what we have to do, right? At least we found out that I don't have Rocky Mountain spotted fever. And my serum titer for Lyme disease is just borderline, so I probably don't have that either.

Of course, it could be the heartworms that are making me feel puny. Heartworms, which get into dogs by way of mosquito bites, can look like spaghetti if you let them go untreated. That makes it pretty impossible for the heart and lungs to do their job.

I don't mean to spoil anyone's appetite, but these are things you need to know about if you have a dog. I'm glad I corralled M and J when I did so they could reform my health care!

The next post will be more upbeat, I promise. Can I hear an A-men?


Anonymous said...

Hi Buddy - my name is Sophie. I am a 1 year old Rat Terrier and I live with Linda and Russ Weber. I will be reading your blog. It was funny to read about how fast you can tear up a toy - I'm pretty fast at it too. You are lucky to have found M & J to live with. Wait until you find out comfy their bed is. Hope you are feeling better.

Anonymous said...

Hi Buddy - Thank you for adopting your new family!
I miss saying hello every night, but do not miss waking up on stormy or cold nights and wondering if you are ok.
Take it easy until you feel better -there is a wonderful new world to explore.