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    Thanks everyone.
    The lady in charge is still taking care of us, she said it will take weeks for the meds to work. Though the new lump happened under the treatment with the new meds, so I am not sure what to think.
    We are listening to her and waiting.. not much more we can do.
    I am scared the new lump will become a lesion as this is what hurts him so much.
    The leprosy is a definite, solid diagnosis. I did ask her if it could be anything else. She said it is a very solid diagnosis, it is definitely canine leprosy. The DNA came back stating it mycobacteria strain consisted with leprosy.
    I did my own research and every article I read about it said the treatment is what we were given.
    It is a waiting game, but so far there really is no change in the lumps on his body. None. Just an extra one. God I hope it doesnt open up, he really doesnt deserve more pain.
    Thank you Hyacinth - will have a read.

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    BG have a read of this

    https://www.marshfieldlabs.org/proxy...Winter11.1.pdf

    I worked in a micro lab for years so decided to do a bit of reading. This Mycobacteria is a scary thing, and it seems Hooch has a pretty bad dose of it. I now understand why it took so long for diagnosis - this particular bug generally won't grow when they try to culture it, thus the DNA test. Read the paragraph on treatment in particular. It says it can take 3 - 12 months of treatment to beat it. It also says dogs have a very good chance of complete recovery if they are not immunodeficient. Animals with immunodeficiency may not fare as well, but being a dog he has the best chances - cats don't have as good a prognosis.

    Seems patience is going to be the key here, I hope they can keep Hooch comfortable while they treat this insidious thing...

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    So does that translate to building the immune system up as complementing the treatment? What supports the dogs immune system in this circumstance I wonder?
    Sort of like taking acidophilus tablets when on antibiotics to balance the body's internal flora.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bunny-girl View Post
    Thanks for checking on us, I didnt have the heart to come here for an update as I dont have anything happy to say.
    There are many people on here who care about the long and painful journey you and Hooch are on. We are here to share your lows as well as your highs if you are comfortable posting them

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    Quote Originally Posted by grevillea47 View Post
    There are many people on here who care about the long and painful journey you and Hooch are on. We are here to share your lows as well as your highs if you are comfortable posting them
    X2 !!! .....I'm sure everyone here is wishing you guys all the best with Hooches battle. Feel free to tell us anything at all, no matter how big or how small if you need to. Give the big fella a ear rub from us all.


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    Wish I could jump on a plane and give you and Hooch a big hug!!

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    I appreciate all your concern. It is comforting to know I have a place I can come and vent as I am sure all my friends and family are sick of it. I get so many people saying "it's just a dog, I would never spend so much money on it".
    He is my baby!! People just dont understand.

    Dhru - You are right, this particular mycobacteria strain has only been cultured once in the last 20 years according to the vet. It is so impossible to culture that it doesnt even have a proper name yet.
    She said the only way to know is the DNA test. Trust Hooch to get this! leprosy!! It's the disease they used to send people to live in caves in the olden days lol

    I hope Hooch's immune is strong enough. He seems so robust and tough.. but everything happens to him.
    We do give him acidophilus powder - just in case, can't hurt.
    I gave him a rawhide bone the other night, he choked on it! (he cant have other bones because the fragments make him vomit).
    We had a string of mishaps with him prior to all this, so I am thinking we are keeping him alive against the universe.
    He is so cute and happy and eager to please, we are teaching him tricks and he learns so quickly. He never complains and is the ultimate victim, no matter how much what we do hurt him (for treatment) he will always allow it and come for more.

    The vet has been out of town for a couple of weeks, we have an appointment next week to see her. See what she says, his new lump worries me. Will know more next week.
    Thank you for the support, it feels like this will never end.

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    Hi BG

    I've just sent you a private message, not sure if it worked and I can't find it to see if it sent ...

    Hope all is healing from the inside with Hooch and in time you will see the improvements we'd all like to see now.

    Can u see the message I sent, and did I attach the link to my facebook account? Not very smart today take care. xx

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    Hi Deb, I saw it and replied. Didn't see your link but sent you my facebook link! Hope it worked lol
    Thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by farrview View Post
    So does that translate to building the immune system up as complementing the treatment? What supports the dogs immune system in this circumstance I wonder?
    Sort of like taking acidophilus tablets when on antibiotics to balance the body's internal flora.
    Good question farrview. Personally I'd be trying to do whatever I could to boost my dogs immune system if it were me, it can't hurt him. I just did a quick google search on ways to boost a dog's immune system but only came up with ads, not research papers. I'll continue to look when I have a bit more time.

    Just a note on the acidophilus - I'm a big believer in its effectiveness in replacing good bacteria after a dose of antibiotics, but remember that it contains living bugs and if the animal is on antibiotics at the time then chances are they will kill all the good bacteria you're putting in. As a general rule you don't start the acidophilus until after the course of antibiotics is finished. In Hooch's case I would probably be giving them to him anyway since he'll be on antibiotics forever, it can't hurt. Anything's worth a try.

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