My dog is a toy fox terrier, 3 years of age. He came into rescue full of demodectic mange at 5 months old, and had a series of other minor problems (ie. he was a cryptorcid, he had extra canines, etc.) It took 8 months to clear up the mange (he was completely hairless) and he was not neutered until he was about 1.5 due to his health. His growth was stunted, likely as a result of his rough start and he only weighs about 4-5lbs.
He’s always had some quirks – slight tremors for example. He always has walked with a bit of a criss-cross to his feet, and he sometimes holds one hind leg up when he runs (but will put it down if reminded to – so he is aware of it.) His eyes are also a marble of brown and blue, again they likely did not change color…
It was always believed this was part of his growth being stunted. But after clearing up the mange and things and having him neutered at 1.5 years old, he’s been a pretty happy, healthy little boy. He has always been vaccinated up-to-date, he is neutered and has regular vet check-ups.
The other day he seemed slightly cool to the touch. When I took him from his kennel (crate) he seemed a little off. I set him down to let him bulldoze for his food (he’s always been a good eater) and he was a little wobbly on his legs – like he was a little intoxicated. He proceeded to eat his supper… And I proceeded to call the vet clinic emergency after hours line. While I was explaining what was happening to the vet, he actually fell over while eating (twice) and got back up and kept right on eating…
Now I will interject here – my dog is never left loose unsupervised, I accompany him outside, and he is always in the same room as I am. He has never been an active or troublesome dog. We have one garbage which is large and has a snap down lid – so the possibility of ingesting anything toxic is not really very likely. (And the vets have not felt any test results indicated poisioning or ingesting of any toxic substance.)
I met the vet at the clinic, and he was alert while we drove. He was alert when the vet arrived and we walked into the clinic room. As soon as he was placed on the table, he became wobbly. His back end went down and then his front end. We put him on fluids right away… Everything went downhill very quickly from this point – they tried a fast acting steroid injection (thinking it looked like Addison’s Disease) but that did nothing. Eventually his heart and breathing stopped. We were able to resuscitate him – after an injection of adrenaline in the heart, oxygen and CPR – one very lucky little guy.
His tests for Addison ’s disease came back negative. Since, he has been very weak and wobbly. He has been on an IV for three days. He has an appetite, believe it or not… Another odd thing. Here’s what we know – his red blood cell (RBC) count, hemoglobin (HEM) count, globulin (GLOB) count and protein (TP) counts are low. Those are quite low. A few others are slightly low, like calcium and cholesterol, for example. The strange thing is – the white blood cell (WBC), urea (UREA) and many others are normal. The vets are not sure what this could be… Also his appetite is not a problem...
I am really hoping someone out there has a suggestion, advice or some direction to give us. I am NOT giving up on this little fella!
All of this information just puts me in mind of vaccinosis. He obviously had a lot of medication, and probably had an infection of some sort when he was vaccinated. This is just my opinion, and I wouldn't expect your vet to agree. Some of the signs remind me of poisoning as well. Sorry, I'm not much help. Good luck with the little guy, and thank you for sticking by him. Some people would have given up on him already.
Wow, poor little guy. He's been through so much in his short little life. I don't have an answer for you but just wanted to express my sympathy. I assume they've listened for heart defects/heart murmurs. Have they done an ultrasound to see if there are an abnormalities there? Are there any specialists in the area that might offer their expertise? I wish the best for your little dog. Good luck! I'll check back to see how he's doing, so please let us know!