My dog did not "drop dead" of liver disease. She was very ill, bloodwork showed high liver enzymes, low platelet count, she came up positive for AP, treated with doxy , bloodwork was back in normal range. She does not have liver disease nor any other health issues. The vets felt the out of normal ranges were due to the AP. Who's to say it was or it wasn't?
I know treating/not treating tick disease can be controversial, and I agree, not much is really 'known' on the disease itself whether to treat or not or even "how".
It just seems kind of coincidental when you have dogs that go into liver failure with no previous clinical signs , dying and the one thing in common is a tick disease that was not treated.
I know quite a few people in my area that have / had tick disease and it's affected other aspects of their health, so I guess I would wonder why can't it affect other aspects of dog health/organs?
In the end, I wish SOMEONE would find a 'cure' for all these nasty tick diseases or just eradicate every stinken tick out there. They'd be quite the millionaire I would think