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post #11 of 15 Old 01-13-2018, 12:00 PM Thread Starter
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I'm so sorry to hear about the foal, pets, and humans that were affected by Lyme, but it does prove that testing is not a waste of resources.

Thank you for posting the articles and map. I had come across some of them, and they provide more reasons why I didn't understand my vet's reluctance to test.
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I'm so sorry to hear about the foal, pets, and humans that were affected by Lyme, but it does prove that testing is not a waste of resources.

Thank you for posting the articles and map. I had come across some of them, and they provide more reasons why I didn't understand my vet's reluctance to test.
He was a rescue to begin with, so no telling what kind of compromised health he already had. This was several years back, I never met him myself.

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A friend that is a vet in another state says "there always has to be a first case" ... if the symptoms match then go with your gut which is what you appear to be doing. Let us know how things turn out.
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I noticed that my former vet's office's Facebook page posted a warning about getting dogs tested for Lyme disease; so I decided to call them to schedule Lyme testing from Cornell for my horse. The receptionist said she had never heard of that, but that she would ask the vets and call me back. I thought that was a little strange. I'm hoping I just confused her with too much information. She asked about his symptoms and said it sounded like EPM. It very well could be, but I'm hoping not since he has already been treated with three rounds of medication.
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post #15 of 15 Old 02-02-2018, 02:53 PM Thread Starter
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I wanted to give an update on this post. I had blood work done on my horse, and he tested negative for Lyme disease. However the vet's receptionist said he appears to be hypothyroid. I'm having them email me the blood work so I can see how out of range his numbers are. Does anyone have any experience with this? He's at a pretty good weight.
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