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  •  Thanks. (7+ / 0-)

    I usually get vet meds from farm supply, so I'm already there with that -- but the B complex I didn't know about.  Thanks.

    I don't know about the ehrlichiosis -- the reason the vet called it atypical is that he actually tested negative, but I understand that's not uncommon.  When the doxy made such a sharp improvement, we took that as a confirmation.  

    "He that would make his own liberty secure must guard even his enemy from oppression." -Thomas Paine

    by sierrak9s on Sat Jul 31, 2010 at 11:55:56 AM PDT

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    •  Yea, it might be subclinical then (9+ / 0-)
      I'm not a vet, not by any means, but horrible experience has taught me the difference. With acute, they usuallygo through a round of antibiotics, then are okay. Subacute, theycould be on antibiotics the rest of their lives.

      The liquid vitamin B with iron suggestion actually came from my first experience with erhlichiosis and was suggested to me by the vet. It can work wonders.

      I was living very far from town at that time and had to make due with Geritol, I believe?  

      Also watch for sugar crashes. It seems to mess up glucose metabolism, at least in my experience (although I have never seen that mentioned in any literature on the disease or by any vet), so a sugary treat once or twice a day might help the poor fellow's spirits.

      He needs nutritional support for all his organs and bodily functions, but the B vitamins and iron are the most crucial.

      Feed him liver.

      Damn you and your faint praise!

      by indubitably on Sat Jul 31, 2010 at 12:02:46 PM PDT

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