After more researching I'm now on the fence about taking Teddy Bear in for an MRI on Monday. Our local vet insisted that he does not have Lyme disease because most symptoms are not there -- and told me not to even bother having the blood test done. We live in a very high Lyme incidence region.
What triggered me second guessing this is that I read that if dogs have been vaccinated (Teddy was), they can still get Lyme -- and the symptoms are diminished.
When Teddy walks on hardwood floors, his rear legs slip out, and occasionally his front leg slides out to the side. He has a pretty bad "head bobbing" limp when he walks.
Does that "style" of limping seem at all like it could be Lyme -- or does Lyme cause more of a painful "holding paw up" type of limp?
Also, this limping and leg-slipping started 10 weeks ago, and has been pretty consistent. Would that rule out Lyme?
I'm thinking now of demanding a blood test before we go to the MRI. But if that sounds foolish, I can just stick with the MRI plan.