Red River Animal Emergency Clinic
Remington was seen at RRAEC in early 2016 because he was limping and had some swelling in one of his legs. He also stopped eating after a week of a waxing and waning appetite. His owner noticed he had also been drinking more water the past 3-4 days.
Remington was not on flea/tick preventative, and ended up testing positive for Lyme antibodies. His blood tests also showed that he had Thrombocytopenia, meaning he had low platelets in his blood causing a decreased ability for his blood to clot.
The diagnosis for Remington was Lyme nephritis, a condition in which Lyme disease attacks the kidneys. The doctors were not optimistic that he would recover from this. We called a criticalist and spoke with her and she told us that 90% of the cases she sees do not survive.
Remington was hospitalized and put on IV fluids and medications. He wasn’t eating on his own, so he had a feeding tube placed. He stayed at our hospital for 4 days and then went home with his owner. When we heard from his mom a few months later, she told us Remington is doing great!