Slice of Life Day 6

There’s never a dull moment when you own dogs.

On Tuesday we were at the vet for Navan’s annual exam. Part of the exam involves sending off a blood sample for the 4dx test. This is a blood test that checks to see if a dog has antigens to heartworm disease or antibodies to one of five tick-borne diseases (Ehrlichia canis, Ehrlichia ewingii, Borrelia burgdorferi, Anaplasma phagocytophilum and Anaplasma platys).

Because we live in Lyme disease central I always expect the dogs to test positive for something. Last year Dubs tested positive for anaplamosis but we didn’t treat it because he never showed symptoms.

So when the vet called today I knew almost immediately, from the tone of her voice, that something had come up in his test. Not surprisingly, Navan’s test showed antibodies for Ehrlichia. Again he’s asymptomatic. But Ehrlichia can cause dogs to have a low platelet count, so they want him to come back in next week for another blood draw. That blood draw will tell ya if he needs to be treated for Ehrlichia.

Of course, Navan hates the vet, so this will be an ordeal. But I’m grateful to have an awesome vet and that this is an easy illness to treat (if need be). But man oh man do I hate ticks!