Calling all vets…
I’m looking for information on nephritis and other complications brought on by Lyme Disease in Labrador Retrievers. Specifically, information on therapies, long term prognosis etc.
My fiancee’s Chocolate Lab (Luna) has been in Veterinary ER/ICU since Sunday with systemic inflammation, a heart murmur, extreme lethargy, very low albumin and exceptionally high protein levels in the urine. Also, platelets were significantly off normal. Further testing has revealed it’s most likely mid-stage Lyme Disease. (She had Lyme several years ago but responded well to treatment - the presence of antibodies evidently confuses results) Last night in the wee hours she had a kidney biopsy and bone marrow extraction as well
After a liter of plasma, IV antibiotics and human albumin therapy, she’s shown marked improvement but we won’t know more until some time as passed - her albumin is up but still only 2.1 (from a high of 2.6 with the therapy) She is generally a very healthy dog - 80 lbs, not overweight, and active.
The hospital is cautiously optimistic, but warned that in addition to general concerns, there are additional breed specific issues with nephritis. We are looking for info on what to expect, and any longterm therapeutic options.
Thanks in advance!
- Luna and her people