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sick cocker

wrecker
February 10th, 2008, 11:30 AM
I have had two extreme spells with this dog; one last october and one now. He is a neutered male cocker , app.8 years old. He pants , won't let us sleep as he is wanting attention around the clock. I have spend close to $1000 dollars on him and have put him on homemade food consisting of boiled meat and rice. One vet told me he had pancreatis so no more fat but now another case. Since the spell in Oct., he has never been the same active dog. He lays around and doesn't even want to play. Two different vets have seen him , both with differnent opinions. He has had blood work done and in Oct., he was dehydraded so bad that he was on interveinous for a few days. One said that his teeth need to be cleaned however, she would have to do more tests to see if his heart was okay. That will be another $500!.. The other vet figures he was arthritic or has Acheiksons (?) disease. All I know is that I am spending too much money with no results and I have a dog that is in pain. I may put him down soon if this continues as I can't stand animals in pain. They can't tell me how bad but I assume that it is bad for him to react the way he does. He burps and passes gas alot with a very foul smell, He is on Metacam which seemed to give hime some life until yesterday when he got sick again.

erykah1310
February 10th, 2008, 02:53 PM
I hear you on the gas passing. My old cocker too smells like he is rotting from the inside out, but he's not.

Im sort of lost by your post, forgive me, but what is the main thing that alarms you right now?

My old guy (who was supposed to be approx 4 when he came here) was having passing out/dizzy fits, we had everything done, blood tests, EKG, xrays you name it.

All of his "grief" is due to his heart being ballooned on the right side and not oxygenating his organs properly.
Solution for us... regulate excercise, its worked for the past year.

I dont know much about cooked diets, but to me boiled meat and rice doesnt seem adequate enough to be honest.
I feed partial raw to my Bailey, and again that has helped him alot.

As for arthritis, I would recommend adding some glucosamine condriotin and msm to his diet (but definately find out how to get better nutrition out of the diet first, this could be a great reason why there is little energy)

Other than that for now, I dont know what else to say, Im not quite sure what problem you wanted help with.

wrecker
February 10th, 2008, 11:24 PM
I hear you on the gas passing. My old cocker too smells like he is rotting from the inside out, but he's not.

Im sort of lost by your post, forgive me, but what is the main thing that alarms you right now?

My old guy (who was supposed to be approx 4 when he came here) was having passing out/dizzy fits, we had everything done, blood tests, EKG, xrays you name it.

All of his "grief" is due to his heart being ballooned on the right side and not oxygenating his organs properly.
Solution for us... regulate excercise, its worked for the past year.

I dont know much about cooked diets, but to me boiled meat and rice doesnt seem adequate enough to be honest.
I feed partial raw to my Bailey, and again that has helped him alot.

As for arthritis, I would recommend adding some glucosamine condriotin and msm to his diet (but definately find out how to get better nutrition out of the diet first, this could be a great reason why there is little energy)

Other than that for now, I dont know what else to say, Im not quite sure what problem you wanted help with.

The problem is his panting and won't leave us alone; he is distressed! He doesn't have energy and that was before his new diet of boiled meat and rice which the vets recommended as he can have NO fat. He is not well but I do not know why.

crazydays
February 11th, 2008, 06:56 AM
Hi Wrecker. I think you have no choice but to try to rule out cardio/respiratory problems. I can't see how that would be done without a chest X-Ray. My cat was having similar problems and a chest X-Ray showed bronchitis/asthma. The Vet gave him a steroid injection and he is back to great health. Only the Vet can systematically rule out illness. I do know it is expensive.

badger
February 11th, 2008, 07:45 AM
What happened in October? Did he recover spontaneously, without a diagnosis? I agree that an xray is your next step. Do you have a vet school in your area? Maybe it would be cheaper, plus more access to specialists. It is frustrating and expensive to watch vets flail around, racking up the bills, we have all been through it.

I found this page:

http://www.vetinfo4dogs.com/dpanting.html

Hang in there. Too soon to give up. Keep us posted.