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Low protein/ swollen paws on my shelite

September 26th, 2005, 04:37 PM
I have a 4 years old sheltie, she was getting loose stools about a months ago and sometimes, it is almost liquid, took her to the vet, found out her blood's protein level is very low at 29, vet said 54-75 is normal. went back and forth with testings urine,stool for parasites,and other test from blood and all negative, just the low in protein from the blood. at first he supects and tells me is liver failure.. but one weird thing is she is gaining weight which then he thinks is intestine infections

only suggestion from this vet was to take it one step further to scopping the dog which I don't have pet insurance and will cost me close to 2000 dollars,

he hasn't found out the cause up to this date and hasn't give me any medication and anitbotics which I want to try because I suppect my dog ate something wrong while it was being looked after for a week by someone that might of fed it some chocolate or other human food.

Dr saids this is not cause from human or any type of foods that case this but don't know the exact cause yet.. suspect is intestine infection and get it scope by another dr which has the equipnment.

Any suggestions on what to do before I take this step.. I really want to try something else before I spend $2000 on just finding out what is wrong and maybe even more later on treating it.

Thanks for reading and hope you can help us out with suggestion and answers

September 26th, 2005, 05:11 PM
Two conditions, hepatic nodular hyperplasia( which is liver-related) , and hypocalcemia could account for this. You might want to look for a vet who is experienced in diagnosing and treating both of these before going ahead with the other.

September 26th, 2005, 07:09 PM
try another vet