Today I stopped at Ocean State Job Lot, a local discount store, to see if they had thistle sacks to make my own "Tug It," per Kathleen's recommendation. I bought three figuring they might not last long, and I was right. Two are already ripped to shreds!
I cut up a sample of the Natural Balance Duck & Potato which contains a protein both boys can eat. Apparently I have forgotten that Natural Balance rolls are like doggie crack. Wow. Ike thought the sack was fun and wanted to do the terrier death shake to it, while Bug just wanted to make off with it. Bug tore the first bag, so I placed the torn bag inside a new bag. Bug thought tugging on the sack was the BEST and proceeded to rip #2. So, it looks like this would indeed be a useful training tool for Bug and I should bite the bullet and order a "Tug It" since the thistle sacks don't last long.
In other news I heard from the New Vet today with the boys' C6 results. Bug's C6 was 138 (down from 424). HOORAY!!! That is a difference of 286!! Literature says if it drops by 50% at the six-month follow-up you can feel confident the Lyme was successfully treated; Bug's dropped by 67%. I will likely do another six-month follow-up with Bug - just to be sure his antibody level continues to drop (paranoid). Now of course, I do need to figure out why I think he is off. Hopefully the acupuncture will help that.
Ike's C6 is 254 and New Vet would like to treat with doxy. I am going to contact my homeopathic vet. My inclination is to treat, but I want to be open with my homeopathic vet.
Bug's good news overshadows Ikey's titer results. I don't feel like 254 is that high (compared to 424) and Ike is not showing pain. I am REALLY curious to see if I notice any changes in Ike's behavior once treatment starts. I wonder if his high titer is related to his increased reactivity with T, among other things.
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