|Toto, CD, RN, CGC|
We don't do- doodles!!!
|Barked: Sun Jul 7, '13 5:35pm PST |
|Freya, it's a toss up with Lyme vaccines/treatment. I know with the older vaccines/testing, if a dog had ever been vaccinated, it would show up as a positive on the Lyme test whether or not the dog had ever had Lyme disease. I believe, but am not sure, that the newer vaccines OR tests do not cause this positive reading. According to Lymediseaseguide.org, "The Lyme disease vaccine for dogs is only thought to be about 60-70% effective, with some dogs going on to develop Lyme disease even after vaccination." That said, in a Lyme endemic area that is a pretty high protection rate when they go on to state that 65% of the general dog population is ALREADY exposed to Lyme, but only about 35% of those will go on to become actively sick from the disease.
Our vets definitely promote the vaccine, and as a groomer, I pick ticks off dogs daily! Most of these dogs ARE vaccinated, and most of them will never have any issues with Lyme disease.
However, that said, I do not vaccinate my own dogs against Lyme. They are all toy breeds, kept clipped short and they are confined to pens that are regularly patrolled by my tick eating chickens and Guinea fowl. I have a regular practice of going over each dog after we come back inside from our romps in the big fields or woods, and again the next morning so would hopefully find any ticks prior to the period at which they can become infective to the dog. So far this has worked great and I have never had any one of them test positive on the snap test.
However, since you already DID test positive, I would agree with Chandler (who, btw LIVES in serious Lyme infested country), and consult with a vet who is knowledgeable in tick borne diseases. I am not sure what effect the prior course of antibiotics would have on any further testing but a vet who knows Lyme should be able to answer that for you.
As for the yearly DHLPP vaccine, newest protocol indicates that every three years is more than adequate for core vaccines.