Last summer my itty bitty doggy (chihuahua/****zu mix) came down with shivers, fever, lethargy, lack of apetite and some vomiting. I took him to the vet and he immediately gave him a test for Lymes which came back negative. He still thought it was a tick disease and decided to treat him as if he had one, starting with an antibiotic shot. He took antibiotics for forty days afterward and did great then was fine for a while then maybe six months later...we had a repeat of both symptoms and treatment. Fast forward to this past week. Damian (his name) had his three year rabies, parvo and Lymes shot. Two days later he had all the other before mentioned symptoms again and this time would not even drink. Rushed him to vet and asked if it could be a reaction to the shots. Vet didn't think so. He thought it was another flare up of the tick disease (sigh). Gave him the same treatment and it's a week later and he is doing really well. The treatment for the Lyme's really works well for him. What bugs me is that he never tested positive for Lymes and that I have never seen a tick on him. I watch him pretty closely...but he does roll in the grass sometimes. Mostly he is an inside pooch. Does what vet said sound true to all of you dog lovers? If not, what do you think it could be and why does the Lyme's treatment always clear it up so well? And does anyone else think maybe the shots kicked up an episode and that maybe he should get his shots seperately? I asked why he needs a Lyme's shot and vet said to make sure that if he is infected again he can fight it...not sure what that means. He has it or he doesn't have it. I'm confused. This vet is NOT trying to rip me off by selling me an expensive package of sand. He is extremely reasonable and caring. My dog required an IV to rehydrate him, a shot, and pills and the entire bill came to $67, which he always allows me to pay out. I think he gives me discounts because he knows I rescue some dogs and he likes me. My dog really gets wonderful care at home. We baby him tremendously. He eats Arcana dog food, which is human grade, and very little table food. He has a relaxing life, full of humans and little stress and gets lot of exercise and car rides. Any thoughts? I've been on the internet trying to get info, then I thought of all of you...thank you mucho in advance. This little dog is very precious to our family.