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Q. I have a 6 yr old wolf/Alaskan husky, how do I know if he's a reacurance of Lyme's disease? He had that and the backwards sneeze at the same time.

A. the most common blood test for lyme disease will not be reliable in his case as he has been exposed to the disease in the past and for this reason will show antibodies for the disease, but there is a more specific test called PCR that can detect the presence of the bacteria in the body, however it's not 100% accurate. The more realistic way is to monitor for symptoms. The most common symptoms are a fever of between 103 and 105°, lameness, swelling in the joints, swollen lymph nodes, lethargy, and loss of appetite.

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DAVID ELBEZE, DVM, MRCVS

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