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Hi guys, I have a 10 month great dane puppy he was diagnosed with ehrlichia more than 3 weeks ago, he was wobbly at first and is having problems standing up and walking but on the third day of taking doxycillin he could not walk.

20 days had already passed and he is still on meds, he seems to improve in terms of appetite, and he looks good already overall but he is still paralyzed, I believe it even gotten worse, since he now can't change positions without our help. He lost considerable amount of weight, yet he eats a lot but it seems only his upper body is gaining weight but his lower body, from the hips down, is still very thin. We tried pinching his legs, his right leg gets a reaction, while his left leg seems to rarely react. We are massaging and stretching his legs daily, but still no progress.

Has anybody had experience like this with ehrlichia? That their dog was paralyzed this long? Or is this another thing I need to worry about?

FYI: his vet already checked up on him regarding this and they prescribed steroids(prednisone) for 7 days as he might have nerve damage, but still no reaction and response after the 7 days.

Thank you very much for the help.
 

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I'd be asking for a referral to a specialist. It really sounds like there is something going on beside ehrlichia.
 

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My silky/maltese/poodle mix is currently diagnosed with Ehrlichia. We haven't really experienced anything as far as paralyzing goes.. although she is VERY lazy, but my vet explained that as the disease does lower the blood count, it also can make them very stiff and sore, so possibly that could be why he doesn't want to move? Although what you explain seems like a very extreme case of lethargy, I'm not sure. I'd maybe get a second opinion.. especially if he isn't showing improvement already, because lily perked up right away, and is only making progress.

I know that vet bills can be so pricey, and financially draining but sometimes, it's just what you have to do, and sometimes, some vets are better than others.. just like with humans, you have to get more than 1 opinion.

I know my vet prescribed us Doxycycline as well as Mirtazipine to entice her to eat, and we're currently feeding her a higher calorie food.

Good luck! Keep us updated!
 

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I have no experience with Ehrlichia in dogs, but I did contract it myself several years ago. Very scary with some wild symptoms, as I recall. Luckily, one dose of doxy had me feeling better and a weekend of sleep (along with continued doxy) had me back to normal.

I agree with Pawz here - maybe see a specialist because this could be more than Ehrlichia.
 
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