We checked to see that his gums were red and his eyes clear. Everything seemed fine but agreed to take him to the vet if there was no improvement in his listlesness by morning. Right on queue the poor wee thing then started to tremble all over and within five minutes fell into a trance like stupor. A quick call to the angel of a vet who was just closing up for the night and we were off with him to the surgery. Within two minutes of taking a blood test she came back with the diagnosis - tick disease. The fifth case she had diagnosed that day. A dose of steroids and then an anaesthetic before administering the large and painful anti-parasite injection in a vinegar solution. Despite Frontline, a tick collar, and finger tip checks Digby had been bitten by a brown tick which had infected him with the haemorrhagic disease.
Digby finally fell asleep at four this morning after a sleepless night ( both for him and for his nursing team ).The question now is whether we've caught it before the organs start to haemorrage. We'll know later on today . I'm off for a nap now while he's still out of it and will post later. Wilf with the processionary caterpillars and now Digby with the brown ticks. Children are much easier patients.
Poor baby. Hope no damage was done...humans should wear tick collars or some equivalent as well!!!!!! It's serious stuff unfortunately :(((ReplyDelete
oh dear! Hope Digby feels better soon!ReplyDelete
and please, tell the boyz, no more insect bites allowed!
wags, wiggles & slobbers
Poor, poor Digby. Hope he's feeling better. Can't believe he got one despite all the prevention. Good luck for the rest of the summer.ReplyDelete
XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella
Oh poor old Digby. That sounds really nasty. I think that some ticks are Frontline resistant. Hamish often used to pick up ticks after walks in the hills, and, despite him being liberally dosed with Frontline they would hold fast for days if I didn't pull them out. And it's so hard to spot all the ticks with the shaggier dog breeds. At least old H. never caught tick disease. Is it more prevalent down where you are, I wonder? Anyway, we are thinking about you and have fingers and paws crossed for Digby.ReplyDelete
Gail and Bertie
Woo, Digby, lots of paws crossed for you here at Chez Herd. We will be thinking of you.ReplyDelete
Poor Digby. I pray he has no damage from this and that the nursing team gets some rest. This is scary stuff. Makes me realize that I need to be more diligent with the Frontline tooReplyDelete
oh my! i hope he is ok...i need to read about this particular tick....so sorry to hear about this....all our paws in wisconsin are crossed for him!!ReplyDelete
i guessing he's on antibiotics too!?ReplyDelete
I thought you were going to say he's lovesickReplyDelete
Poor baby. We so hope it was caught in time. We've had occasional tick flurries, especially after one of the hurricanes that seems to awaken the population and blow it around. Not pleasant!ReplyDelete
How soon before you know how serious it is?
Joan and the Barkalot Boyz
Hi - Thanks for keeping in touch. He started off his day in much better form but has weakened the closer we got to lunchtime. We're off with him now to the vets to see what else can be done.ReplyDelete
Oh my, we will send healing thoughts from Virginia and keep all paws crossed for him too!! Please let us know!!ReplyDelete
Best wishes on Digby's recovery!ReplyDelete
I hope & pray that it was caught in time also. I just love your boyz! We have a "wheatie" and they look a lot alike. Love reading your blog and alway tell Mickey what your guys are doingReplyDelete
OH NO! I'm thinking of you. I fervently hope that he bounces right back. It certainly sounds like you acted as soon as there were any symptoms so you couldn't have done anything more.ReplyDelete
I am so surprised that this happened despite all your precautions. K is lethally allergic to ticks so we have a preventic collar on her. My vet said that it works so well that I didn't need to do the fingertip checks. I think, based on your experience, that I'll resume them. We have a steroid syringe and needle at home just in case...
I'm thinking of you. Please give Digby some gentle pats from Colorado.
ohmygoodgoogleymoogley!!!!! SHE thought that was a Congo virus thingy? Like sub continent? But you have an outbreak in your wee little village...dang! Isn't that one of the skeeree type viruses that can cross over to peeps? I'm starting to itch just thinking about it. I think I'll go find my fine toof brush and submit to a full over. Toxic ticks n caterpillars...who knew France was so dangerous! We will be pawraying for a good recovery. Poor Diggers...I hates that he's illin' and feelin' so poorly.ReplyDelete
Soft woofie kisses to the boyz,
keeping Digby in our thoughts at the farm. all of us have serious wishes for him to be right back to normal! hugs to allReplyDelete
My dogs do get ticks no matter what I do so I will now be even more careful about checking not only for ticks but changes in habit :(. Prayers for Digby.ReplyDelete
Oh no, poor Digby (and M'ongoose and The Font, as well as Wilf who must be bewildered at what's going on.) We'll say our prayers that he will recover in no time. Then Petey's sending tickets for the Boyz to come to New York. Much safer here than in the country.ReplyDelete
I'm so sowwyReplyDelete
I will cwoss my paws and send all my tewwiew Zen to make suwe that he doesn't have any pawmenent damage..how whowwid to be bitten despite all those pwecautions.
I'm also sending a hooge bag of healing smoochie kisses
oh dear. poor digby!! we will be thinking of him and hoping for a full recovery. please give him a big hug for us.ReplyDelete
the booker man's mama