My doggy Dillon (almost 10, 70 lb. shepphard mix) began to eat a rabbit he had hunted down on Sunday. By Monday he had gas but by Tuesday morning he had diarrhea. In the afternoon it turned to just blood coming out. I took him to his vet where they gave him Metronidaole tablets, Sucralfate and a de-wormer which was to be sprinkled in his food. He had not fever and his belly did not seem tender or hard. When I woke this morning it looked like there had been a war in my family room with many casualties. In addition to the diarrhea he had vomitted too. Today he won't eat and he doesn't want to be in the house, I think he is fearing he'll mess again and he can't control it. When i do get him in the house he drinks a gallon of water.
Here are my questions. Since he now seems worse should I be concerned or give the meds a few days to work. Two, the wormer has to be sprinkled on his food but he's not eating?
Any thoughts? I have a call in to my vet, what should I be asking for?
At this point if it were my dog I would have him hospitalized on I.V. fluids, have xrays done to rule out any bones stuck in his system and bloodwork done to rule out pancreatitis. I would not wait anymore to see if the meds will work. I hope you will not wait either.
Your dog may have contracted Tularemia (Rabbit Fever) from eating an infected rabbit. If this is the case, Your dog will REQUIRE intensive treatment to save his life. Once his liver is involved, death is imminent. Act now. Given your dog's symptoms it is plausible. Discuss this with your Vet.
Tularemia in Dogs By: Dr. Dawn Ruben
Tularemia is an uncommon illness caused by the bacteria Francisella tularensis. The bacteria is transmitted by ticks and most often affects rabbits and cats but can also affect dogs and humans. Despite being most often transmitted by ticks, cats also seem to be susceptible when infected rabbits or rodents are ingested. Cats have also been implicated in transmitting the illness to people. Despite occurring throughout the United States, most cases are diagnosed in the Midwestern United States, particularly Oklahoma.
After being bitten by an infected tick, the bacteria begin to multiply and cause illness. Lymph nodes enlarge and abscesses form in the liver and spleen. Generally, death occurs rapidly due to severe bacterial infection.
Diagnosing tularemia can be difficult and is often only diagnosed on necropsy.
If tularemia is suspected, bacterial cultures of any infected material can indicate Francisella tularensis. Blood tests may reveal antibody titers to the bacteria but this test is not typically run and must be specifically requested by the veterinarian.
Since most cases of tularemia are diagnosed after the pet has expired, effectiveness of treatment is not fully known. Streptomycin and gentamicin are antibiotics typically used to treat humans and may be effective in diagnosed animals. Other antibiotics such as tetracycline and chloramphenicol can also be used.
Home Care and Prevention
There is no home care for tularemia. Diagnosed pets require veterinary care. The risk of exposure and infection of tularemia can be reduced by avoiding ticks and not allowing your pets to hunt and eat rabbits. Due to the potential contagious nature of the disease from cats to humans, any diagnosed animal should be handled very carefully.
***Edited By: deputydog on 3/25/2010 9:25:31 AM*** Reason: added info.
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