My beautiful sweet St. Bernard went to the Rainbow Bridge on Saturday at only 2 years, 8 months and 14 days and my heart is just broken. I feel it is my fault....she contracted Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and just couldn't beat it. She was on Frontline Plus, but in August I got so busy with the the kids that I was a week late putting it on her....I just forgot. I remembered when I found one on her, but it was too late, it had already started destroying her precious body.
On Sunday September 9th, we noticed a terrible rash and ear swelling and called the vet and she met us at the office. It was itchy and appeared to be hives so she was treated with a steroid and she looked better Sunday evening. Monday morning, she looked terrible, so I called vet back and she had me bring her back in. She was given a tick panel and everything was negative, so she again treated her with steroids and kept her. Early Tuesday she called and said she had been consulting with other vets and they suggested Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever so she began giving 1500 mg of Tetracycline (she was a big girl). Scarlett couldn't tolerate the meds and vomited them up, so she switched to a different one that was coated hoping that would help. It didn't.....she started her on IV antibiotics, but they are weakened.....Thursday evening there were signs her kidneys were shutting down, so she did everything she could to keep that from happening and finally as a last attempt at saving her life, she ordered an antibiotic they treat horses with as their stomaches are very sensitive. She started that on Friday and by Friday evening appeared to be getting better....Saturday morning September 15th, she got up and walked on her own, went to pee and walked back to her kennel, laid down and took her last breath.
I never in a million years would have dreamt something like this could happen. According to my vet, she has been in practice for 30 years and never seen RMSF in a dog....we have had 2 cases in humans this year and only 12 in the past year. There is not a test for RMSF....there are other tests you can do that will point to it, but nothing that tells you straight up. Most cases of it are reported to be contracted in August and most cases are in dogs under 3 years old.
I am sooo sorry I failed you Miss Scarlett! RIP