Continuing our tour of CIS vets, Mo visited the clinic in Kyiv this morning. I suspected, correctly, that he had piroplasmosis, a tick-borne disease that is very very common here, but deadly if it's not treated immediately. Symptoms are lethargy, red pee and loss of appetite, which pretty much described his problem.
It's not easy getting a sick dog to an obscure corner of town when you don't speak the language and don't have a car or driver. But we managed and the vet loaded him up with drugs and told us to come back Tuesday for more. He said he sees 7-10 dogs a day with this disease and there's no way to prevent it. The ticks are already immune to the usual poisons -- Frontline, Revolution, Advantage, etc.
Unlike in Baku, this vet had a normal clinic, with normal staff who seemed to actually like dogs. He speaks English too, which is a huge relief. Even though vet care here probably isn't totally up to western standards, I'd rather have someone who's familiar with the disease treating him than someone who has to figure out what the problem is. I'd rather get malaria treated in Africa because African doctors treat it all the time.
But it's only the first month of tick season and I got two dogs who expect to run free in the wilds. This is going to be a drag.
Interestingly, the Producer was absent for his second canine vet drama.