|Purred: Thu Apr 21, '11 12:08pm PST |
|Yes, my dears, Lyme Disease is still very much out there. And scary as any cat lover's nightmare can be.
My latest addition, Ragamuffin, has Lyme Disease. And let me tell you it is scary as all get out and every more scary to get him back to good health. Here goes.
A week ago I found Rags just sitting outside, very meek and quiet. Not his personality but I figured he was just having a bad day. Cats do that nwo and then. two days later I found him in the Cathouse with three bloody holes under his right arm pit, fresh blood leaking. Damn, he had been shot. It was storming that night and I ran inside to get a towel. He was gone.
I looked, I yelled, I hollered (and got soaked much to my neuro's dismay) but couldn't find him. Two days later, I found him in the cathouse again. He was not moving; I wasted no time in snatching him up and brining him inside (storms again!) He tolerated - uh, he just looked at me - a physical exam and I found thre of the biggest bloated Deer Ticks I have ever seen in my life. And I'm not young. And I was raised in the country. Yep, that big. They were bleeding around the mouth. I got them out and immediately treated him for anemia. I had enough stuff at the hosue to get that started.
Fast forward: I live in a town with a pop of 120. The nearest "real" town is Nashville and for an emergency vet that would be a near 2 hour drive. This was one a weekend to boot. I could not stress him out anyfurther. I hit my RESEARCH mode button, found something called Colloidial Silver which is used a great deal here on dogs, horses and cows, found a local place to buy it ($$) and I did. That with the Liqi Tonix (??) for cats and water - all administered via syring and hourly - got him back.
Please hear me clearly. I am NOT advocating CS (Collodial Silver) as a sole antibiotic source. I did my research and used what I had available with a dose of common sense and even bigger doses of fear and despiration. YOU: When in doubt, research and ask your vet.
Little Rags is now exploring the whole house (follows me like a pretty little shadow), talks a lot, eats a lot (yeah!) and drink. I don't know where he is doing his business and, frankly, at this point I don't care. He is alive and now starting to thrive again. He is slowly gaining some of the weight he lost and muy other house babies are starting to tussle with im which means he no longer smells sick.
To my knowledge, Lyme is not cured and he will always be in danger of a relapse. Fine, I'll be on the ready.
There it is - our story, our commentary. Hope it helps some out there.
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