Dog's Platelet count low
Hello everyone, I'm really hoping someone here can ease my mind a little.
We rescued our precious Lily in Sept of 2008, things were perfect up until Sept of 2009 when we noticed her eating was not what it used to be and her energy level was very low. We took her to the vet, over several weeks and many tests later it was discovered she was a carrier of Rocky Mountain spotted fever. IÂm not sure if she got it while with us or if she had it prior but she was covered in ticks when I brought her home, but the symptoms for RMSF did show up for over a year? Another question, I'm not clear what the difference of having it and a being a carrier are, some clarification would be nice :) We noticed after all the vet appts she hated to ride in the car. She used to love to go bye bye, so we figured she was scared she was going back to the vet. We were making progess on that then About 3 weeks ago, we noticed her energy level and appetite were again low. Then, about two weeks ago tomorrow, I came home from work and she was going through a seizure, the only one that I know of she has had. I took her to the vet and all we did was just wait until she came through it. My boyfriend and I were about to leave for a trip to Santa Barbara that following Saturday the 15th. We both seriously contemplated calling off the whole trip off. She is very attached to both of us and she can usually pick up on if one of us is feeling off or if we're worried about something. I'm hoping my concern didn't set off her seizure, I was a little concerned because she is only alone for about 45 min a day because I work days and my BF works nights. While we were gone, a lady I work with agreed to watch her, so that meant she was going to be left alone most of the day, this stressed me out a bit (I know dogs do it every day but I was worried). My coworker would check on her during her lunch hour. Well after the seizure my mom agreed to watch her and this eased my mind, her and my dad are self employed so they are home all day and they have a lab gussie and lily loves her and vise versa. Needless to say, I was extremely overjoyed and our trip went as planned and lily had a good stay with grandma and gussie. Ok, when we got back from our trip on the 20th, that weekend she was extremely lethargic and her eating wasnÂt right at all. I called Monday and could get her to the vet this past Friday. He did a blood test and found her platelets were low. He put her on prednisolone and doxycycline. Is this something she will have to take on and off when the symptoms come back for her RMSF? Is she going to get worse? Are these common meds for this?? IÂm sorry for all the questions but help from someone who has gone through this would be greatly appreciated