I am been treated for (what the doctor suspects is) a Lyme infected tick bite. I mentioned this in a previous post, where I wrote about calling back my beloved deceased dog Juno to help me sort out the problem. Little did I know in the end how much this would all be so relevant to finding out what was wrong with her. In the last week I have been doing so much research about Lyme and what I can do to help myself overcome it* I have been fortunate because I feel that I have come across the right information at exactly the right time and I thank Juno for guiding me to type in the right search words and click on the right web pages (I asked her beforehand to help me find the information I needed to heal myself).
During that research, I had the urge to look up Lyme and dogs – it had never even crossed my mind to do so in the past; I had no idea that dogs (or any other animal) could get Lyme disease. I was absolutely astounded at what I discovered. Yes, dogs do get Lyme and there are many symptoms that can show themselves that will alert you (you can also get your dog tested at the vets). I believe that Juno had many of these symptoms and we failed to recognise them at the time.
The symptoms of Lyme in dogs are numerous: general lethargy, unexplained lameness, stiff joints, confusion, and searching for ‘Lyme and Aggression in Dogs‘ brought up scores of pages about how sudden aggression in otherwise normal dogs can be another sign that he/she has Lyme. It was then that a lightbulb went on in my head. She had been suffering from unexplained escalating aggression for a couple of years, she was very lethargic (would not get up to chase a ball, would not want to go for walks or play with us) and had stiff hips, so much so that she could not walk or run properly. We had asked the vet to try and give us a diagnosis about her hips, after it became very bad about three years ago but he never tested her for Lyme, only gave her a series of scans and x-rays and came to the conclusion she had had an accident when she was younger or had been born with a condition that gave her sciatica and it was exacerbated by the fact she was overweight (because she did not want to exercise). The only thing he was able to suggest was putting her on a diet to ease the pain and for her to take anti-inflammatories. If only I had further researched her hip and lethargy problems back then.
Juno had undiagnosed Lyme disease.
I have no doubt now that this was what her problem was. Here is her whole story. From a very young age, each summer I remember having to pull off tick after tick, some days she would come back from a walk and have more than ten ticks crawling on her and if I missed them, they would attach themselves around her face, neck, legs and sometimes even on her tail. It was a constant battle to remove them and in the height of summer, if she had been running free off the path, every day was a tick removal day. We used frontline and other brands throughout her life but I believe that they did not really work. I had no idea that these ticks could be transmitting, and obviously did transmit, Lyme to her until I had a tick bite myself and started to be treated for it. It was only then that I put two and two together.
By that time, it was too late for Juno.
My beloved dog. I have been so sad about you, feeling so desperately guilty, I did not see that there could ever be a way that I would resolve this pain and anguish about having to have you put to sleep because of your crazy aggression but since I made that Eureka discovery, things have been starting to get better. You indicated to me that you had headaches, and now I understand why. I know that you sent that tick to crawl up and bite my leg so that I may understand that you had Lyme yourself and now that I have found out, things can move forward and we can resolve this pain; I can get better and you can move on and be free. Please forgive us for this terrible misunderstanding, we had no idea whatsoever that you were suffering in this terrible way.
If you find yourself here because you are having issues with an aggressive dog, please ask your vet to test for Lyme before you consider euthanasia. Lyme can be treated with antibiotics and there are also other options to consider (such as natural treatments).
I wish you all the best on your journey.
*I have started the Buhner Protocol for early Lyme alongside antibiotics. Also, I have started to take other supplements based on what I have been reading on the net. In addition to these, I have been making changes to my diet and started to address my meditation practice, which had been non-existent up until now. Because I have done extensive research, and I am now doing this protocol on myself, I decided to write another post about it here, so that if you find yourself in the same situation as me, you could use it as a starting point in your road to recovery.