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Lyme Disease: Alternative management

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  • pheets Original Poster pheets
    Topics Started: 5Replies Posted: 475

    I have a beloved little Ara-Bean that has had several frustrating bouts of Lyme over the past three years. The initial Tx was the standard Doxy regime with excellent results. Subsequently, as he was diag’d as chronic, the following flare ups responded poorly to the Doxy and we moved on to the IV Oxytet and again had good results but only once. Now, as he has flared again, I am out of luck with how to treat him effectively. The best I have been able to offer him is Bug Check, bi-daily grooming, pink swat slathered around the pasterns, his muzzle and under his jaw, keeping the fields low cut. So far, so good but I can’t seem to eliminate, ease or even comfort the general malaise that he seems to suffer ( not truly suffering but not right enough to please me, I hope there is more I can do for him). It’s not bad, he IS ridable and pleasant about it but he is stiff, short, mellow (normally he canters one stride into everything, including the halt…he is Arabian : ). What else can I do for him? He is a mature imp (‘mature’ used loosely here), 23-25 and normally well kept, generally healthy, UTD on everything from teeth thru to feet, but for this Lyme biz. I have spoken with several vets on more than one occasion and with the horse’s lack of response under traditional remedies, I have been told to just watch him : ( Any ideas? Any and all suggestions, anecdotes, tales of success greatly appreciated, I love the little guy, hate to see him low and have no recourse for him. Anybody have any info, experience or links that discuss Ledum(sp)? I have heard of this herbage but know nothing about it yet… Thank you, in advance!

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    SmartPaker Sarah SmartPaker Sarah
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    Hey Pheets – sorry to hear that your boy is not feeling well. I’ve been there with my own horse’s Lyme as well as my own, so I know how frustrating and exhausting it can be. Neither my horse’s nor my condition was chronic, so I don’t have any personal experience to offer there, but I did find an Ask the Vet blog that you may want to check out and discuss with your veterinarian: http://blog.smartpakequine.com/2009/07/help-for-a-horse-with-lyme-disease/
    Good luck, and keep us posted on how he’s doing!
    -sp-

    Rider, Runner, Stuff-Riders-Say-er, SmartPaker

    pheets Original Poster pheets
    Topics Started: 5Replies Posted: 475

    Thank you for the link, Sarah, much appreciated! At the moment, he is free of his perceived earthly bounds and grazing arrogantly in the stolen back yard. Naughty thing he is but when he’s naughty, we know he is healthy : )

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

    SmartPaker Sarah SmartPaker Sarah
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    Too funny, but so glad to hear he’s feeling better :-) One of my favorite calls as a vet tech came from a client whose horse had been a bit colicky early in the afternoon. When we called to check on him that night she said, “No worries, he’s all better and back to being a jerk!” Ah, horses…

    Rider, Runner, Stuff-Riders-Say-er, SmartPaker

    TBxQH TBxQH
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    I as well have a horse suffering from chronic lyme, and my problem is that he flat out doesn’t eat the doxy. No matter how I try to disguise it.. My latest trick is the peppermint flavored doxy with additional crushed peppermint in it and made into a branmash. We shall see how long this lasts. Along with the Doxy, we are treating with the Ledum and a Lyme supplement from Dr. Xie’s Chinese herbs.

    Also, I stuck him on SmartProtect Pellets, which seems to help lengthen the results of the treatments. He just started showing signs of Lyme again and its November, as opposed to earlier in the season.

    I feel your pain, it’s heartbreaking!

    "I thought I knew how to ride, then I took dressage lessons."

    pheets Original Poster pheets
    Topics Started: 5Replies Posted: 475

    I would offer you support, TBxQH, but as you already read, I am not having great success, either. You DO have my sympathy! As for dosing, I went straight to the oral syringe, crushed the Doxy in a Bullet with a few peppermint chips, added it to warm water and some applesauce and gave it to my little guy that way. HIS protocol is that anything goes as long as a family member be on each side of him and there just better be a few extra pepps after the deed but I had/have no problems with him other than that. I am lucky to have such a fine gentleman in the herd, ‘specially where The Pheets is the POLAR opposite : ) Currently, he seems to be Lyme symptom free but we are now into oak leaves and the resulting dance on THAT front. I am exhausted, yes 😀

    The best I can do is wish you luck (really lame, I apologize), and if I hear of anything new and improved, or even remotely effective, I will certainly let you in on it! I DO appreciate hearing that I am not alone with the frustration of this obnoxious disease. Small comfort, but I’ll take it. Thank you for writing, TBxQH, I hope you as well as your horse(s) fare well : )

    Sure there's right and wrong but mostly there's just a whole lotta different.

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