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Old October 28th, 2009, 11:43 AM
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I am sorry to hear about the problems with Simba. Doxycycline is the treatment of choice for most tick borne diseases. Since 1980, there have been more than 15 different tick diseases described and discovered. There are many strains. In Arizona, USA I saw a lot of tick fever (ehrlichiosis). A 2 - 3 month course of doxycycline would be prescribed. Clinically they would usually improve fairly quickly -within days to a couple of weeks. (this was my experience in the years I worked in Arizona, USA).

Again doxycycline is the treatment of choice. Imidocarb dipropionate was used earlier but replaced by doxycycline as it works better. Doxycycline's success rate is usually fairly high.

So... why are we not getting better. I would be concerned that there may be something else going on as well. I would recommend additional blood testing and radiographs. I know that you don't want to put Simba through more tests if he is not going to make it anyways - but we just don't know that yet.

If testing is just not something that you are able to do, then I would recommend that you ask your veterinarian about adding in prednisone or prednisolone. It is used in conjunction with treatment for tick fever when there is platelet destruction. It is can also assist with other possible problems. This is not my first recommendation though! I would strongly urge further testing. But in lieu of euthanasia, you might want to try prednisone.

I hope this helps.
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