I was wondering if anybody could help me understand what is wrong with my 5-6 yr old Yellow Lab. Back in January/February, my family and i took him to the vet and the vet started checking his glands and found a knot on his leg and in his throat. He said it could be lymphoma but because of his age, the vet didn't think it was. So he put him on Amoxicillin and Ciproflaxacin(???) for 2 weeks. Well he started not wanting to eat anything because I guess he though there was a pill in any food he ate. We took him back to the vet after the 2 weeks. the vet said the knot had went down some but not enough so he put him on another round of medicine and gave him a dose of wormer medicine. Same thing as before--he didn't wanna eat. We thought maybe he needed more wormer so we gave him some more (the vet said we overdosed him on it) I felt so bad about that. we took him back to the vet and he put him on a 3rd round of medicine. He started throwing up and wouldn't eat anything, has been drinking a lot of water. That was like 5 days ago. I would think that the wormer would be out of his system by now. Right now all he wants to do is lay around, not eat, drink water and for some reason he shakes sometimes. We haven't put him on his 3rd round of medicine yet. we were gonna wait until he felt better. Can someone please help me??? I'm so worried about him
nothing. we've tried dry food, wet food, anything and everything we could think of. my mom and sister got some pedialyte at the store. we saw on the internet that you could give that to dogs. we're having to force him to drink that.
I would personally find another vet. It sounds like your vet is treating your dog without having any idea what was wrong. This in turn has made you dog ill, upset stomach maybe. Try some vanilla ensure(buy the generic). See if you can get him to drink that, you could slowly add some plain or vanilla yogurt. Good luck, but I would try another vet asap.
Time for a new vet. Antibiotics are not the answer to everything. He should be running tests to find out the cause before he treats it. I am baffled what a lump in the throat and leg and worming has anything to do with each other? He is fighting an infection (antibiotics) that may not even exist, which explains the lack of improvement. Vet change time.
the lumps in the throat/leg was separate from the wormer...he gave him that because he was due to be wormed so he did it that day while we were there. Last night my dog was shaking. He drinks lots and lots of water but he turns his nose up to food. He's starting to look malnourished. We're trying everything we can think of, to get him to eat. And this morning we let him inside and he acted like his old self. I dont understand what is going on with him.
I'm curious about the timeline. How many days has he not eaten? He could be in serious trouble and need to hospitilized on IV fluids. Did the vet do any diagnostics? I'm only a vet tech, not a doctor, but I would think they would want at least a CBC (complete blood count) which would measure his white blood cells and a high WBC count would indicate infection. You probably want to see what the kidneys are up to also since he is drinking a lot of water. THat would be a blood chemistry panel. They could also do a fine needle aspiriate and see what is inside the lumps. Are there cancer cells? Is there pus? If bacteria is present is it rods or cocci? Send the sterile sample to a lab for culture? You need to do some diagnostics asap because if there is something really wrong with him, you don't want to find ot the hard way that you've been treating with antibiotics for no reason. It's also strange to me that a vet would go three rounds of abx without trying to find out what is truly going on. Good luck
Hi how your Lab doing? we have a 4yr old English Lab... but have never experienced anything of that nature... I know you know by know to find another vet... I would take him to an Emergency Clinic, if he is not responding to the Pedialite! at least they can monitor him till in the morning.. and maybe they can recommend a Vet.
The shaking and the extreme thirst is very concerning and I agree with the others "GET A NEW VET" and preferably one that remembers their oath "First Do No Harm".. I might also try some baby food and apple sauce dogs love apple sauce.. Many years ago I had a Toy Poodle that was sick from the getgo and in order to get his sugar level up my vet had me give him a mixture of Karo Syrup and orange juice three times a day you may try that while he did the blood work on him .. My Poodle was such a small dog and he wasn't eating well so he wasn't storing any sugar the Karo Syrup and orange juice helped the sugar loss .. Your dog now sounds as if he has passed whatever had him feeling ill dogs are smart that way if they don't feel well they don't eat so as not to throw it up; but I would still take him to a new vet for blood work as soon as possible..
well the next day after i posted on here. we talked to 3 different vets--who all said that if the lumps in his neck and leg go down--then it may not be lymphoma. they all said to go to our old vet though. that vet gave him prednisone to take for 10 days and once my dog starts eating again to start him on ciproflaxcin again. well my dog is now eating like a horse and acts like his old self!! (i'm just worried after the 10 days how he'll act.) the lumps are completely gone from his neck and back legs. the vet said to come back after he's finished with the meds and they would do the blood test thing to see if he does in fact have lymphoma and if it may be in other parts of his body.