I am a new member, but have been glued to this website for two years and even found my dog, a bloodhound, on terrificpets! However, today I am writing with a heavy heart to ask for help from you all....
My other dog is a 3-year old cocker spaniel with the best personality I have ever seen in a dog. His name is Bogey and he became ill about a month and a half ago upon returning from the kennel. He has had all of his vaccinations and has never contracted an illness from the kennel before. We noticed he was ill when he became very lethargic after we came home. Normally he is running and jumping all over the place, but instead, he would just lie around and not eat much. About a week later he began having bad diarrhea and vomiting. He was taken to the pet hospital where they said all of their tests came back negative and that he may just be stressed out. So, he came home and began an even larger decline. He began drooling and developed a rash under his jaw that was raw and hairless. His energy was totally gone and he slept all day. He was almost thirty pounds before, and dropped probably eight pounds. We then noticed that his paws began bleeding slightly even if he hadn't been outside. Finally, he is now beginning to have a very foul odor and there is some kind of fluid coming off of his stomach, almost like sweat. We are terribly close to putting him down, but as a last resort, I am asking if anyone knows what this could be?
We have been to an internal specialist, a dermatologist, and he has even stayed overnight at a pet hospital. After spending over $2,000, we are at the end of our emotional and financial rope, and we still don't know what his illness is. If anyone has any suggestions or has had a similar experience, please don't hesitate. I am looking for anything!!
Has he had a test for pancreatic insufficiency, and what other testing has been done. (sorry my qestion mark does`nt work)Also, there is a nasty relatively new virus called `show crud`. Have you heard of that.
I am very sorry to hear about your pet's condition. I have never experienced anything like this in 25+ years of dog ownership.
I would strongly recommend that you get your dog to a University Vet School. I do not know where you live, hopefully your state has one. Usually you need a referral from the treating vet. But, I'm sure this won't be a problem as they have not been able to determine what the disease/illness is.
I wish you well.
I like him a lot better than I like most people. To you he's a dog. TO me he's an adopted son who is short, hairy, walks on all fours and doesn't speak clearly. I have no problem with any of these. <
I have not heard of "show crud," what are the symptoms?
Also, I'm not sure if they tested for pancreatic insufficiency. I know they did blood work, and it came back negative, but then they said that they had to test for lupus, and another test for something else. Is pancreatic insufficiency something that would show up on a normal blood test?
We do live near a state veterinary school, but they can't get him in until next week. Are they the best option in your opinion?
In my opinion, you need that dog in the best place available, and if it`s the university, beg them to take him. I`m shooting in the dark with the pancreatic insufficiency, because most vets start off with all the normal parasites, and go on to further more complicated testing. I`ll see if I can find the info on `show crud` If anyone else has it, chime in.
Is there a way your vet can call the university directly and say this is an emergency basis case and the dog needs to be brought in immediately??? Sometimes a push like that will work if the vet becomes demanding (if you have not already tried)
Okay, so I have read a little bit about show crud and pancreatic insufficiencey. It seems that show crud has a bit more of an immediate onset. They say that dogs can potentially, depending on their reaction, die within hours or days. So, I think we may be able to rule that out because he has been progressing for about five weeks.
However, the pancreatic insufficiency seems like a closer fit. He has been eating but his bowel movements are certainly not normal. He underwent treatment by antibiotics and steroids and appeared to get a bit better for a few days, but then completely regressed. So it seems that this is definitely a potential diagnosis.
Also, the doctor did mention that his immune system might be what is the problem because of the rashes and bleeding paws. Has anyone had any experience with immune system problems in dogs? Could the lack of vitamin intake from pancreatic insufficiency be causing the bleeding paws instead of the immune system?
You really need a complete blood panel done now to determine the dog`s condition. It does sound like pancreatic insufficiency, but you need to have the vet go over him, ASAP. Yes to the immune system and vitamin intake question.
***Edited By: Pen2 on 9/21/2007 12:59:10 PM*** Reason: addition
I hope the vet can get your doggie into the university hospital. Best of luck, please keep us updated. All thoughts and prayers with you guys. (you may want to print the info on show crud and at least take it with you)
I have some very sad news. This morning we just could not take seeing Bogey in the state that he was in. We tried to get him seen by a State Vet School, but hesitated because he's just been through too much. Instead, we just kept him with us for one more night and then took him to be put down this morning. The vet agreed that it was the right decision. He had progressed to where he could not get up the stairs or even leave the patio in the backyard.
I just want to thank everyone for their help and well-wishes during our difficult time. You are all great people.