Jack Russell with Nasal Discharge for several months
In January 2013, Eddie was diagnosed with bronchitis and given Baytril. Another antibiotic was added near the end of the first course of Baytril and then a second course of Baytril. Bronchitis is gone. Since February Eddie has had thick white/yellow/green discharge from both nostrils. He reverse sneezes until he almost falls over. A course of Clavamox 3/4 of 125 mg tablet for 14 days and no improvement. Vet suggested we culture for the best antibiotic. I don't remember the name of the bacteria, but it was familiar. So another course of Clavamox - based on his weight, maybe we should do 1 1/2 of 125 mg tablets. We are now into the second week and Eddie is no better. I have begun to use saline to rinse his nose, which helps and thins the "rubber cement" discharge.
The vet now wants to do a dental as this could be related to an abcess. While not impossible, it seems unlikely since both sides of the nose are affected and he does not seem to have any problem with his teeth. Or it could be a foreign object - in both nostrils? Or a tumor - with no blood at all? Maybe a CT scan for $650.00 We have spent $900.00 so far and now another $700 to 900 has been proposed for the dental and radiograph.
Side note: two years ago Eddie developed a muscle wasting disease after a second dose of Advantix for fleas. Vet says it was not the Advantix. $1000.00 and the Oregon State University Veternary Hospital later and one course of prednisone seemed to stop the disease. I am beginning to feel like we look like $$ signs when we go near the vet.
Do you recall whether there was an antibiotic resistance test done at the same time as the culture? Antibiotic resistance could be a possibility.
How was your dog diagnosed for bronchitis , did the vet give your dog any
x rays? My dog Marty had bronchitis and his nose did not have any nasal discharge. The vet gave him a x ray to see why he had a bad cough. If your dog had no x rays maybe you should ask for it to have one.
I might consider a second opinion if you haven't already recieved one, perhaps a consult with an internal medicine vet.
Did you get a copy of the culture report?
1. No antibiotic resistance test has been done. However the Baytril obviously worked.
2. Eddie had three chest x-rays to diagnose the bronchitis.
3. I did not receive a culture report. I can request one. The bacteria name was familiar.
A second opinion was kind of where I was going. The saline rinse seems to be helping a lot, and he will finish the Clavamox today. I may wait and see if we have done enough.
Unfortunately in this economy where I have lost two of my three jobs, finances are a bit tight and we have spent several mortgage payments already.
Thank you all for your concerns and suggestions. I really appreciate the help.
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