Four days ago I noticed my 75lb lab mix was feeling under the weather. Very inactive almost lethargic. Got him to drink some water and very small amount of food for his size. Thought maybe he was having trouble with his hips as he was somewhat wobbly and slow to move around. He would not climb down the stairs to go outside but when i carried him he did walk around timidly. No problems urinating but no stool. Sunday no improvement so I called a 24 hour emergicare, decided to wait till Monday as he had begun to take in more food and water. Went and bought 81mg low dose Bayer to see if that would help him. He seemed to show some signs of improvement but not much. Monday am, I took him for walk and he seemed to be slightly better. Monday night when i got home and walked him I found small amounts of blood in stool. Tuesday morning he began projectile vomitting and when when i walked him he had a large amount of bloody stool amd it was very mucusy. Took him to a local vet and they gave him sub cutaneous fluids, a shot of cerenia and an Rx of Metronidazole. This cost 141.00 and if this doesnt help they want to X-ray and do blood tests for another 350.00. They did not even do a stool sample yet? Am I getting ripped off and does anyone have any idea whats going on with him. Oh and he did have a fever and his heart rate was up around 120 bpm.
X-rays would be warranted if there is suspicion of him ingesting something that he shouldn't have. If he were my dog I'd have him hospitalized on iv fluids. Never give aspirin unless after an exam a vet told you it was ok. Aspirin can cause gastric ulcers in dogs as in people. Never give Tylenol or advil either because that causes kidney failure in animals. I would be worried he has hemmorrhagic gastroenteritis or pancreatitis. Both need to be treated aggressively. If he is no better in 24 hrs I would take him back to the vet.
$1,200.00? Holy cow that's alot of money. What did they want to do for him that was that much? The vet is going to offer what they feel is the best course of action to properly diagnose and treat your pet so he/she gets better. If you can't afford everything they recommend ask them what out of everything is the most important to do. Like bloodwork instead of X-rays, subQ fluids instead of iv's, etc. It would be better to at least try and treat your dog rather than not because you can't afford everything they recommend.
well thank you for your input, we did discuss what i could afford and that's why he gave the subcutaneous fluids today and the shot (see 1st post last paragraph). I just have never had a sick dog before. He has been resting peacefully all day and just had some chicken with rice. If I have to sell my valuables on craigs list or a pawn shop i will see to it that he gets treatment of some kind. I wont give up on him.
If he's not doing better yet can you try different vets? Even if you have to drive for an hour or so. I know the smaller more country type vets are usually much more reasonable than the ones that are small animal only.
justink , I agree with others as to your dogs needs and would pay close attention to symptoms, stool and lethargy.
As to the Vet, it is no different from your doctor and you know in your gut if something does not feel right. With this in mind I would agree with rollinhranch >If he's not doing better yet can you try different vets?<
An example Posted by Scout1 of gut feeling when something is not right: >$1,200.00? Holy cow that's alot of money.<
It is possible that your dog may need additional care as others point out , however, it is very important to feel confident that Vet has your dogs best interest in mind.
No fecal exam and shooting from the hip with a diagnosis of perhaps Giardia with Metronidazole for treatment does not sound like $141.00 worth of medical care and Metronidazole is not an expensive drug.
Coccidia has symptoms very close to Giardia ???
You did not say anything about the dogs medical history. Has you dog had all shots? When was last Vet check up? Are there other medical issues?
Please post how your dog is today. There are many knowledge folks here with helpful advice if needed.