Monday, January 2, 2017

The 24 Hour Mark

We hit the 24 hour mark in antibiotic treatment this morning and Ben started to show some improvement.

A rare bit of sunshine didn't hurt.

By this evening, at 36 hours, there is definite improvement.  I am thrilled by this, but also a bit depressed and scared.  I am certain now that this whole episode is Lyme disease.

Again.

That adds up to a 100% infection rate for this property.  What the hell am I supposed to do about that?  Nukes really do seem like the only answer.

Happy New Year.


13 comments:

  1. We have Lyme here also. Morris .. the dog and I have both been infected. I don't know the answer to how to keep it from happening. I'm pretty sure there isn't a vaccine for it for equine? I think you wrote about that already.
    That little tiny tick is a bugger to spot on a dog, I'm not sure you could find one on an equine.
    Will you have Ben tested?

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  2. I know you can't undo what is, but, have you thought about getting ginny (sp) hensl I know they can be a 'pain' & they're almost as bad as keeping peacocks, BUT, they eat ticks. Good luck. By the way, I think 'nukes' would upset your neighbors. Sandy L in CAL.

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    1. Nukes would most definitely upset me!

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  3. Can the vets tell from a blood test? I'm so sorry.

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  4. I'm so sorry you're having this kind of trouble - again. I am no help because we've never had to deal with that and don't think it's very common around here. I sure hope the donkey will have a complete recovery and hope for all your sakes that they develop some sort of immunity.

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  5. I am sorry that this is happening!

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  6. In my ignorance, I thought you would be safe from tick bites in the Winter. So sorry.

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  7. I am so sorry to hear of your news of Lyme Disease for sweet Ben. Just hate the buggers that cause so much illness and stress . Being out here in Carlsbad, I know we have ticks, but I've been fortunate with my dog. She is pretty much a city dog with a very big back yard. He is under your excellent care and I hope he has passed the critical stage. Power up Ben and I wish you all wellness. I can relate to how you think a "nuke" would be of assistance.

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  8. I am so sorry to hear of your news of Lyme Disease for sweet Ben. Just hate the buggers that cause so much illness and stress . Being out here in Carlsbad, I know we have ticks, but I've been fortunate with my dog. She is pretty much a city dog with a very big back yard. He is under your excellent care and I hope he has passed the critical stage. Power up Ben and I wish you all wellness. I can relate to how you think a "nuke" would be of assistance.

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  9. So glad he is better and that there is some sunshine. Maybe a move to Montana? LOL I sure am glad that we are not affected by that.

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  10. Poor Ben. At least you can hope he will recover like the others did. Your fast work in spotting it and treating it early will have helped a lot. Do you think the vaccinations have helped the others not to get it again?

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  11. I've been reading that possums are very effective tick eating machines. Do you have possums where you live?

    http://www.caryinstitute.org/newsroom/opossums-killers-ticks

    lol.....you can come get some of mine....

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