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Old March 15th, 2009, 02:31 PM
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Unhappy Update on my sick pup

Well, after $600 + in testing, they have found out she has Camphiobacter (sp). They put her on an antibiotic that made her throw up, which right after that her rectum prolapsed. :sad: She has lost the weight that I had put back on her, she is back down to 38 pounds (healthy lean weight was 55 pounds) We have cut the dose in half and giving her anti-vomit meds. Today she seems to be feeling fine, other than the runs. Please keep my lil girl in your thoughts. Thanks
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Old March 15th, 2009, 02:36 PM
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I'm so sorry to hear about your struggle!! Thinking of you and keep us posted!
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Old March 15th, 2009, 04:38 PM
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We've had run-ins with campylobactor, too, 3feathers. It can be pretty tough. What antibiotic is she on?

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Old March 15th, 2009, 09:03 PM
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Thank you everyone. She is on Erthryomycin. At first it was 400mg 3 times a day, but now the vet wants to half that amount since it was making her so sick.
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Old March 15th, 2009, 09:16 PM
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Our dogs don't tolerate Erythromicin well, either. :sad: Have you tried putting her on a probiotic? That might help with the diarrhea. Also, a little pumpkin in her meals (plain 100% pumpkin, no sugar or spices added) might help. Maybe a TBSP.

I hope she's better soon, 3feathers!
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Old March 16th, 2009, 09:10 PM
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Did you keep them on that, or did the vet put them on a different antibiotic that worked well?? I am using ProZyme, when I can actually get her to eat. And have also tried pumpkin and slippery elm. The poor thing is wasting away to nothing. :sad:
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Did you keep them on that, or did the vet put them on a different antibiotic that worked well?? I am using ProZyme, when I can actually get her to eat. And have also tried pumpkin and slippery elm. The poor thing is wasting away to nothing. :sad:
I went back and checked my records. At one point we took Cole and Ridge off the erythromicin and put them on a product called Tylan. It was expensive but fairly easy to get and did the trick without upsetting their digestive systems.

How long has your dog been on the erythromicin?
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Old March 17th, 2009, 11:10 PM
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She was put on it last Tuesday, got 3 doses in, rectum prolapsed, took her off of it until Friday. On friday is when I started giving her half a pill 3 times a day.
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How is she doing today? Any better? Make sure she stays hydrated--our worst problem with campyllobacter was dehydration. A number of our dogs ended up having to go in for fluids to rehydrate.

Is ProZyme an enzymatic supplement? See if you can find a probiotic instead--acidopholous. Clear it with your vet, though, first, to make sure that it won't interfere with anything she's taking. The probiotic should help to regulate the beneficial bacteria in her gut. If the vet thinks it might be too strong for her given her condition, ask about adding a little plain yogurt (active cultures and no artificial sweeteners). Yogurt is a very mild probiotic that might also help your girl!

This summer, our dogs had to take doxycycline and amoxicillin back-to-back over anywhere from 4 to 8 weeks (depending on the dog) and, thanks to the probiotic, they all made it through without any adverse side effects (like diarrhea).
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Old March 20th, 2009, 09:48 PM
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She is okay. She is acting like she is feeling better, and slowly getting her appetite back. But she is still having the bloody loose stool, and she is still straining several times after her initial BM (which all that comes out is blood each time). She has not had a problem with dehydration. I have given her plain yogurt a few times a week, as I do with all my dogs. Do you recommend a certain brand of probitic? Thanks for all of your help.
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Old March 20th, 2009, 10:29 PM
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Actually, we went to Wal*Mart and picked the cheaper of the two brands of acidopholous that they had. It worked great, so we didn't have to experiment much. Our 50 lb dogs get about a half capsule per day--we just sprinkle it on their food.
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oh hun hugs hope your baby gets better and back to normal soon enough!
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Old March 21st, 2009, 10:22 AM
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It's terrible when our pups are sick and we can do so little to help. When our dogs have the runs, we give them FortiFlora. It's a probiotic that's made for canines. You have to get if from your vet. It's a little expensive but it works great, it usually only takes one dose before we see improvements.

Hope your pupper's feeling better soon!
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Old March 22nd, 2009, 01:28 AM
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Thank you everyone!! I am fighting my hardest to get this girl better!! I will keep you all posted on her progress. I will talking to the vet Monday.
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Old March 22nd, 2009, 01:49 AM
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i don't know much about dogs so i'll just send and your way in hopes that she will feel better soon
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Old March 22nd, 2009, 11:24 AM
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Good luck tomorrow at the vet, 3feathers!
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Old March 27th, 2009, 08:53 PM
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The official vet visit was today. She has not lost anymore weight, but has not gained any. She still has runny poo with a lot of blood. The vet said he was expecting to see an improvement, at least some. He is at a loss. He told me there are two options, which is up to me. #1 Put her on predisone, and it may clear it right up, or make her go downhill fast if there is an infection. #2 Refer me to a specialist to have a scope and biopsy done. I am so upset! I have always been one to try to do as much as I can, but I really don't know if I can afford the specialist :sad: Please keep us in your thoughts. I am so drained.
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Old March 30th, 2009, 08:32 PM
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Old March 30th, 2009, 08:41 PM
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Glad to hear that she had a good poop.

Have you tried giving her satin balls for weight gain? You can do a search here for some recipes (there is a few different ones) or google for it and you'll get a kajillion hits.

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Old March 30th, 2009, 09:40 PM
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I have not tried them yet, but I have the recipe wrote down, and going to the store tomorrow!
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Well yay for solid poops!! Nowhere else can you get a bunch of people so happy about a good poop... Here's hoping she's on the mend now. Oh and here's your hug Well a few of them. We know you are trying your best for your pup. Good luck to you both.
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She is doing very well. She is on doxycycline, with no upset. I am also adding the probiotic and slippery elm. She is eating great, has her energy back, and has gained 2 pounds this week!! Thank you to everyone!!
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I just saw this thread and I am hoping things are still going well. I am very sorry for all the problems your girl has been having!!!
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I am so glad to hear that she is doing well and gaining weight again.
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Yay!!! I love good updates! Glad to hear she's on the mend!
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Great this thread ended on a happy note
Hope your beautiful pup continues to improve
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