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Old January 25th, 2008, 09:23 PM
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My dog can't stand or walk

I have a 8 year old Afhgan Hound. She got sick last week. It happened very fast. One day she is her normal self and the next she is running a fever and not moving much. So of course I took her to our vet. They did blood test and x-rays. Her white blood count was low, but her x-rays were fine. The vet said she had an infection. I brought her home because the vet had little hope because she wasn't eating or drinking at the vet hospital and her temp was 104.
After having her home the first day I lowered her temp by letting her lay on the tile and I gave her a baby asprin. Within one day her temp was 101.8. She is drinking lots of water with her meds. She is now also eating dog food and yogurt (natural) that I pureed in a blender. She is alert when I talk with her and is alert with our other dog and cat.
The problem that I am having is she does not stand or walk, she is just laying on the tile, but I have placed doggie pillows and a doggie pee pad under her. I believe she is very comfortable.
But, I noticed while cleaner her that she had what I think is a bite on her tail. It is two marks in the front and two in the back of her tail, like teeth marks.
We have squirrels in our back yard and I told the vet that I thought she might have been bitten by one because she goes outside alot. The vet didn't think so, but I know she didn't see these marks. She just said its an infection and she gave me meds.
The vet tells me that she hope I can prove her wrong that she is too sick to recover. Well I am trying, but I don't know what to do about her not be able to walk or better yet stand.
I love my little girl very much and I am not ready or willing just to let her die.
I would sincerely appreciate if anyone could give any advice or have had an issue like ours. Thank you.
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Old January 25th, 2008, 09:28 PM
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I think a trip back to the vets is in order along with asking for a copy of the latest test results. If your vet doesn't know what is wrong ask for a referral to another specialist or just go to a animal hospital that has specialists workign within it and take the copies of the test results.
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Old January 25th, 2008, 09:33 PM
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mlauretta, welcome to the board. I'm sorry it's under such trying circumstances.

This might be a longshot, but did your vet test your dog for anaplasmosis? Typically, what you see in a complete blood count is low white blood cells and low platelets. Were her platelets low?

Anaplasmosis (or any of the other tick-borne diseases like Lyme's or ehrlichiosis) can cause a dog to stop walking. Usually it's a rotating lameness (moving from leg to leg) but in some cases, if the dog is sick enough, it can make them unwilling to move at all.

The drug of choice to treat tick-borne diseases is doxycycline...and many weeks of it. Did they give her any antibiotics at all?
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Old January 25th, 2008, 09:35 PM
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Old January 25th, 2008, 10:11 PM
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I am not sure if I am responding correctly on this board. But yes Simba is on 2 antibiotices, one is 500mg Ceph and the other 500mg Anuxl. Yes she also had low platelets. I so appreciate your help.

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mlauretta, welcome to the board. I'm sorry it's under such trying circumstances.

This might be a longshot, but did your vet test your dog for anaplasmosis? Typically, what you see in a complete blood count is low white blood cells and low platelets. Were her platelets low?

Anaplasmosis (or any of the other tick-borne diseases like Lyme's or ehrlichiosis) can cause a dog to stop walking. Usually it's a rotating lameness (moving from leg to leg) but in some cases, if the dog is sick enough, it can make them unwilling to move at all.

The drug of choice to treat tick-borne diseases is doxycycline...and many weeks of it. Did they give her any antibiotics at all?
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Old January 25th, 2008, 10:20 PM
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I am not sure if I am responding correctly on this board. But yes Simba is on 2 antibiotices, one is 500mg Ceph and the other 500mg Anuxl. Yes she also had low platelets. I so appreciate your help.
That's classic for anaplasmosis, mlauretta. See if your vet has the 4DX snap test on hand--it's a snaptest made by Idexx for heartworm, ehrlichia, Lyme's, and anaplasmosis. Blood can be sent out then to confirm. If she tests positive for anaplasmosis, she'll need doxy. Worth a shot, anyway?

Interestingly, 4 of our (then) 6 dogs presented with anaplasmosis in Jan/Feb of last year--from tick exposures in Oct and Nov of 2006. Symptoms up till then were pretty light, just a little lethargy. However, when hubby also contracted it, he got it more like Simba did--high fever and didn't want to get out of bed. Seems like it has a bit of a lag period and then hits you like a freight train.

Anyway, it might be worth checking into. I hope Simba is better soon!
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FYI the lyme tests need to be done prior to starting antibiotic treatments or you will more then likely receive a false negative. Also, the tests for lyme disease can also prove positive even if it's not lyme. False positives may occur if there is another immune / autoimmune reaction occuring.
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