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Every once in a while we have one of those episodes that are just bad luck. This time, it's Romã who is sufering trough it. The exact same thing happened last year to Pitanga, so I guess this year was Romã's turn... Who would have guessed that a thing that has a 0,1% chance of happening would happen to me....twice???

Romã woke up yesterday with no hunger, and feeling a bit under the weather, but with no fever or anything that would make me too concerned. This morning, she looked white as a paper and had a fever of 40ºC. I've seen this before, so I searched her for ticks, and found ONE, even thoug they currently have a very effective flea collar and a spot on. With such an agressive protection, every tick, flea and mosquito should be dropping dead as soon as they landed on their coats!

We rushed to the vet, and of course that ONE tick gave her Erlichia and now she has to go trough 21 days of antibiotics. Since this alone was not enough, her platlets are very very low, so there is a low risk for hemorragies, wich means I get to spend my entire weekend worrying, staring at her to make sure she is not bleeding from any place. At least her liver and kidneys are fine, and she is eating and drinking on her own, so she got to come home with me.

Hopefully, she'll improve in the next 24hrs and my concerns will be over. We'll be repeating her bloodwork next Tuesday to see how she is doing, and I'm hoping there are now complications until then.

I feel like we won a very bad lotery (twice)!

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Comment by martina mckeag on April 21, 2012 at 9:32am

So sorry about your girl hope she recovers well 

Comment by Susan Stone on April 21, 2012 at 10:04am

All the best to her, good thing you were keeping a close watch!

Comment by Sue Paterson on April 21, 2012 at 10:55am

Hope all goes well. You got it spotted very quickly so well done there.

Comment by Catherine Carter on April 21, 2012 at 12:43pm


what bad luck! I hope she makes a quick recovery. You are really getting all the 1st hand experience for your vet studies. I am sure you would have prefered not to experience all this with your own dogs.

Comment by Howard Glansfield on April 21, 2012 at 1:03pm

I hope she gets better really soon.Thinking of you.

Comment by Cornelia on April 21, 2012 at 1:15pm

Oh dear, we will certainly be thinking of you and hoping for the best of outcomes for your darling Romã. I wish we would be closer and could help you with the night watch. Wishing her a quick and full recovery, bless the little girl - Joy sends kisses xxx.

Comment by silvia on April 21, 2012 at 1:30pm

oh teresa i am so sorry!!!! extremely bad luck :((( I hope she'll be over soon and that these awful thicks will  stay miles from you from now :((

Comment by Teresa on April 21, 2012 at 1:44pm

Thank you guys, for all your nice words.

The Antibiotics seem to be kicking in, her fever is down and she is feeling very playful right now. I'm allowing some playtime in the yard with Pitanga, with a close watch of course! They are both miserable from being apart, wich does not help anybody! She is also regainng her apetite and wanted to eat her dry food with all the other dogs, so right now I'm confident she'll be back to herself very soon!

Comment by Melinda Auld on April 21, 2012 at 9:55pm

Oh no.  I hope she is feeling better very soon. xx

Comment by Chantal McIlveen-Wright on April 22, 2012 at 6:28am

So very sorry that you had to go through that again  :-(  poor girl  :-( at least she is very lucky to have a vet as a Mum!!!!!  Wishing Roma a very quick recovery, big cuddles to her from Ireland.


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