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Old January 25th, 2009, 04:31 PM
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Unhappy My dog has been sick for a month!

I have taken him to 2 different vets and all I get is antibiotics prescribed for him. The first vet I took him to did blood work, he looked for pancreatis and it came back ok, he stated that there was a sign of infection and that antibiotics would be our best option. He also asked me to keep an eye for signs of dark marks in his gums and groin area, that is normal and no signs of marks. 2 weeks went by and he was not getting better. He started vomitting and having diahrrea and continued to be lethargic and would not eat. When he was not getting better we decided to take him to another vet and the sencond vet took x-rays thinking he had swalled something. X-rays came back ok. The only thing that showed was that his liver was a bit enlarged and the vet stated that it could be due to infection and lets give hime another set of antibiotics. It has been 1 week since the last vet visit and he did stop vomiting and diahrrea. He is eating a bit better. I noticed today that if you try to touch his left eye he will not close it. He is also walking like it hurts and drewling from the left side as well. I am really frustrated because both vets should of done a complete physical instead of doing their testing based on my observations. He is only 1 1/2 years old and he is acting like he is 15. I don't know if I should take him back to the same vets I have been taking him too.
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Old January 25th, 2009, 04:42 PM
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What kind of dog is Trouble? Which antibiotics have been used?

Were any of the liver enzymes elevated? Sounds like the WBC was up if the vets suspected an infection.

Has your dog been tested for leptospirosis? Some of those symptoms sound eerily like what our Lil Belle was experiencing a week or so ago. She was diagnosed with lepto and is responding well to the meds.

Some of the tick-borne diseases can also cause symptoms like you're describing. Are there any ticks in your area?
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Old January 25th, 2009, 06:17 PM
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I just came back from the vet. Due to his loss of movement to his left side of his face. The vet suspects that he could have a brain tumor. We have been refered to a neurologist. He was given 3 types of antibiotics first week he took Clavamox 500 mg and the second vet prescribed Metronidazone 500mg, Cephalexin 500mg. No they did not test him for leptospirosis. The vet did not want to do any further testing due to the paralisis.
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Old January 25th, 2009, 06:35 PM
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I am so sorry to hear about the potential tumor. I was going to suggest seeing a naturopathic vet...
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Old January 25th, 2009, 08:05 PM
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Thank you!
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Old January 25th, 2009, 09:16 PM
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I'm sorry to hear that it may be a tumor, paolavalencia. When is your appt with the neurologist?

and for good news from the specialist. Please keep us posted on what you find out.
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Old January 25th, 2009, 09:23 PM
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Sending some good luck and vibes for you and Trouble .
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Old January 25th, 2009, 10:14 PM
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Thanks for the support . I will find out tomorrow when his appt will be.
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Old January 27th, 2009, 06:07 PM
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I just came back from the neurologist. He has diagnosed him with Meningitis and prescribed him steroids. I am so relieved that it was not a brain tumor. I am definately changing vets.
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Old January 27th, 2009, 09:21 PM
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Holy cow! Meningitis! Better than a tumor, but that still sounds pretty serious! Will he have a long recovery period?

I'm so glad that it's not cancer, though I'm sure you must be feeling great relief!
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Old January 29th, 2009, 09:32 PM
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I agree that the recovery is going to be long, but at least he can recover. He is already doing sooooooo much better. My baby is getting back to normal little by little and we are all excited about that.
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Old January 29th, 2009, 11:39 PM
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That's great news! I'm glad they finally figured out what it was. I've never heard of a dog with meningitis before.
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