Hello first I'd like to introduce myself as I'm new here :). So, I'd like to say hi, and am the proud companion of a now-8 year old male half-dachshund half-chihuahua named Bandit. He says hi to ;)
Well, that being said, he's been sick for the past three days - we are taking him to the vet today. He's been on Prednisone for three years now - the cartilage in his (i think?) trachea are not complete circles but rather half circles, that rub together and cause coughing, etc. A lot of chihuahuas have it. A few months ago his dosage was down to one pill every few days, then about two or three weeks ago he started getting worse to where he was having to take it daily, and sometimes twice a day. Then he stopped needing it so my mom decided to stop giving it to him. Completely. For a week. Not too smart as Prednisone has nasty withdrawl symptoms.
He's been vomiting for the past 36 hours or so, just off and on. He hasn't been eating for two days, and has been peeing a LOT. Yesterday morning when we let him up (He's kennel trained because he's a chewer, and loves to spend time dozing off and on through the day in there) he no more than got out of his kennel and had an accident, there was quite literally a small river of urine trailing across the floor after he had finished. Now I understand this is excess water from the steroid (water weight, anyone?). It finally clicked this morning that he's going through withdrawls, and I had to force-feed him his pill (Which I felt bad for) to get him to take it, he wants no part of food. We called the vet's office today, we couldn't take him in as no doctor was on call, and the woman that answered said she was 100% positive he was experiencing withdrawl.
Here's the thing.
About two weeks before all of this he'd been having accidents - and it seemed to startle him when they happened - nothing major just little dribbles, and occasionally he'd wake up in the middle of the night panting like crazy and frantic to get outside where he would spend literally two to three minutes urinating. He doesn't seem to be in any pain that I can tell, however all he wants to do is lay around. It's like it's a difficult task just to walk. Instead of 'prancing' as we call it when he walks, he just kind of mopes around.
He HAS been drinking and seems to want to drink a lot of water, however the vet's office recommended we take away all food and limit his water in-take. It wasn't too long before he started vomiting the water, too. Mom mixed a bit of milk into the water and he's been able to keep it down the majority of the time.
Does anyone have any idea what could be wrong, aside from the Prednisone withdrawl? We are thinking it may be a urinary tract infection, but aren't sure. And I am truly hoping it isn't Cushings Disease.
There are so many medical possibilities that to guess would be a waste of time. He could be having kidney problems, diabetes, just about anything, really. He needs to see a vet. If he were mine and my regular vet couldn't see him, I'd find another vet that could. I would do it today. You say he is just moping around, this could be a sign of pain, or that he is feeling very ill. SInce he cannot speak to tell you how he feels, get him somewhere that can perform the proper tests to find out what's wrong with him. He is depending on you, don't let him down.
We took him to the vet today, they're keeping him over-night because his body temperature was low. The doctor strongly believes he is diabetic and we will know tomorrow when the blood work comes in. We didn't take him in yesterday on advice of the woman at the one animal hospital - she said to just give him the Prednisone and bring him in if he got worse. He didn't get worse until late at night. But him being diabetic explains his flat out refusal to take in food.
How big are the water bowls? Could it be your lab doesn't drink enough? I feel we have that problem with Jake. (I give him ice cubes during the day to help keep him hydrated.) There are a lot of people on these boards that are a lot smarter than I am but as long as he's using the bathroom on a regular basis, I wouldn't worry about it. He just might like the taste of your water. Since he did have a lot of ticks on him though, you should ask them to do a complete blood work and have them check for tick borne diseases and diabetes. (Diabetes is highly improbable but better safe than sorry.)
My guess is that this is normal, though I agree that bloodwork is not a bad idea on a pup that you found covered with ticks. Puppies drink more than adults, though, especially in the summer. They have more difficulty regulating body temperature than adults, so maybe that's why.
OP, I'm very sorry to hear about your troubles. Hopefully the vet can isolate the problem and start proper treatment right away. It's so sad to see our furbabies feel bad.
DogHope, um...I missed the part where this dog is a lab who doesn't drink enough...my understanding is that this is a Chi-Dashund mix. I also failed to see anything about excessive ticks on him. Maybe I didn't read carefully enough.
"A word to the wise ain't necessary, it's the stupid ones who need advice." -Bill Cosby
Well we took him in yesterday, they did blood work and kept him over night because his body temperature was low.
Today they called us, he's diabetic. His bloodsugar was 550, and normal is around 100. They also told us he has liver damage. They're keeping him til Monday.
They didn't tell us how bad the liver damage is... but I don't think they'd fight to get his sugar down if he would have to be put down, anyways.
I'm just a wreck right now because I'm afraid even if his sugar is stable the liver damage is bad, and he'll suffer. Anyone have any advice? I'm hoping they can find a way to keep him comfortable while the liver heals... but if he's going to do nothing but suffer... it'd be selfish to keep him around because I want him here. I'm just trying to wrap my head around everything.
I'm also extremely tempted to sue the vet's office I called when my vet wasn't in that told us it was just prednisone withdrawl and to only bring him in if he got worse. Well, when he got WORSE, we couldn't get him in, and we don't have an emergency vet anywhere near us. If we had taken him in Thursday instead of listening to this woman, we may have been able to prevent some of his liver damage. And now I'm terrified I'm gonna lose my pup :(