Tuesday, October 09, 2012

Gracie is off the Doxy, yeah!

Mum, Gracie and I took off to the vet for Gracie to get her follow up blood and urine (she peed on command, good girlie!) tests for the her bout with Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and Lyme the other day, and we got the tests back yesterday!

Gracie's titers indicated that she has Lyme present in her system, but is now symptom free! And the RMSF tests also indicated that she had a pretty bad bout of it, but now it's completely non-existent in her system both of which are pawsome news! The RMSF tests were so good that they are going to run them again, they just couldn't believe she recovered so well and so quickly! We're so happy she is feeling good we thought maybe we should get the band back together complete with fender bass at Guitar Center and celebrate with some dancing, I tell ya!

When she got sick her white cell count went up too high, as well as her thyroid levels. But they are back to super good normal now, as well!

The not so good news is that as she was recovering from the tick yuck, her snotty nose came back. So they took snot samples (BOL!) and are sending them into the lab for tests as they saw some white cells in the snot under initial examination. If those tests don't show anything causing the snot, she may be going in for a rhinoscope (to search for foreign bodies and/or parasites) and perhaps x-rays of her head and teeth (to check for foreign bodies or hidden dental problems) again.

The interesting things is Gracie's nose gets a lot better, but when a weather front comes in with rain (like when bands of Hurricane Isaac came through), she gets snotty and sneezy again. Then it dries out and so does her nose.

In the meantime, Mum has her on an herbal recovery program from the Doxy (acidophilus) and Vitamin C Echinacea/Goldenseal and Astralgalus (all immune boosters) for her nose, and saline solution nasal rinses which really helped the last time to clear it up.

But the super great news is that she feels super good! She did agility a couple of weekends ago and got a Q and was running really great on most of her runs.


  1. I am so very happy to hear how well Gracie has responded to the doxy!!!!! I cannot believe how bad the ticks have been this year, poor girl had Lymes AND RMSF :(

    Here's hoping that the snotty nose is nothing to worry about.

  2. What great news, Gracie! We're so happy to hear that you're back to your agility!

    Love ya lots,
    Mitch and Molly

  3. Hooray Gracie! P.S. Mommy gets a snotty nose when the weather shifts too.


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