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This group is a place to discuss any and all health and medical issues related to our pets. We can have in depth discussions here. All discussions on Seizures are now in their own group.

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Henry, Giardia and now Coccidia

Started by Dolly Dykhouse. Last reply by Karen & Jackdoodle 13 hours ago. 6 Replies

Henry was diagnosed with Giradia when we brought him home at 9 weeks; 8 weeks later and two trials of Panacur (5 days first time, 10 days second time) his fecal float shows no cysts; however, the ELIZA test showed Giardia proteins. The ELIZA test also showed Coccidia which the vet is wondering has been there all along or is a new thing. Arghhh!!! I tell you I am pulling out what little hair I have left! I have become an award winning, bleaching, cleaning, hazardous waste disposing momma over here and now I have not one, but TWO parasites hanging on for dear life in my boys GI tract?!? WTH?? His vet tells me that even though I am keeping his home environment scrupulously clean he might have picked up the Coccidia from rolling in the grass at the park and then licking his feet, if he didn't have it all along. This poor guy can't seem to catch a break (not to mention his tired momma). His daily trips to the park are special to us both, he even stands by his leash/harness and gives me a little woof every morning to say, can we go now momma? I would hate to have to worry about him contracting a parasite there, I can bleach the living daylights out of my home/backyard but the 5 acre park?I thought maybe we had gotten rid of the Giardia. We saw a significant difference after the last run of Panacur and switching him to Zignature Trout and Salmon and adding yogurt and keeping him on Probiable DC (now on week 7 for the probiotics and yogurt). He eats like a champ now and is a whopping 33# at 17 weeks and has more energy then the rest of our household. So much for wishful thinking on my part. Looks like a 5 day course of Albon for the Coccidia and we'll give him a rest on more Panacur and retest his fecal in 2 months as long as everything else digestive wise stays status quo. I told my vet they need to offer a punch card for fecal samples or a special buy 3 get one free.Has anyone else had this same issue? No cysts but testing positive for Giardia protein? Did Giardia come…Continue

Toenail Bed Infection

Started by Melissa. Last reply by Melissa May 18. 9 Replies

Good morning everyone!Chloe was licking her back paw this morning, and with a closer inspection it looks like the toenail bed is red and inflamed a little.  She had this on her front paw last year and I was able to clean it and put an antibiotic ointment on it to rid her of it.  Has anyone else had this issue? When should I see the vet? She isn't limping, and it isn't oozing any pus, just red and slightly swollen.  I cleaned it and put the ointment on it this morning and will do so again later this afternoon. Continue

Charlie - an update at 3 weeks

Started by Hua & Charlie. Last reply by Staci & Simon May 11. 7 Replies

Hi, everyone.It's been just over 3 weeks since I posted about Charlie possibly having IHMA here: http://www.doodlekisses.com/group/healthandmedicalissues/forum/topics/charlie-has-imha?xg_source=activityI was really touched by all the support and encouragement I got.  thank you all.  This is an update of how Charlie is doing.Since that last post, there have been more tests, including abdominal ultrasound and a bone marrow biopsy, and we have been seeing an internal medicine specialist for the last two weeks.  After all the tests, it was determined that rather than IMHA, Charlie seems to have something called Pure Red Cell Aplasia.  It is a bone marrow disorder where the body stops making red blood cell.  It is treated with immunosuppressant therapy (i.e. prednisone, etc).  But the tricky thing is that it takes a long time for the body to respond to treatment.  On average, it takes a month from the start of the treatment to see a response from the patient, and it can take between 6 months to a year for it to go into remission.  Our doctor has actually successfully treated 2 cases (and probably other unsuccessful ones that she didn't tell me in case I start bawling again), where 1 dog took 9 months and the other took almost a year to recover. The last three weeks have been really tough.  The first week, Charlie was not responding to prednisone but his RBC was around 18-20%.  The second week, the doctor added in mycophenolate (on top of amoxicillin, metronidazole and sulcrate), but his RBC dropped to 14-16%.  Last Thursday, Charlie's RBC dropped down to 9% and he couldn't even lift his head.  He had to have a blood transfusion.  Unfortunately, he had a bad reaction to the transfusion, which spiked a fever and made him nauseous.  He also develop pancreatitis and free fluid in his abdomen. That blood transfusion only managed to bring his RBC to 35%,…Continue

Tags: anemia, hemolytic, mediated, immune, IMHA

Charlie has IMHA.

Started by Hua & Charlie. Last reply by Debbie and Toby May 10. 11 Replies

My Charlie has Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia.  We are waiting for 2 more tests to come back in a few days, but the vet is about 90% sure it's IMHA.I first posted about Charlie not eating here: http://www.doodlekisses.com/group/healthandmedicalissues/forum/topics/help-not-eatingAfter antibiotics and a bland diet, his diarrhea were getting better, but he was still not eating and I had to basically force feed him for a week and half.  Then on Sunday, I noticed his energy was way down and his gum was a very pale pink.  So this afternoon, I took him to a different vet (one of the largest 24 hour pet hospital in the city) that allows walk in.  I went in thinking that I'll ask them to do some blood test or whatnot, and after the tests they will tell me I'm overreacting/paranoid and Charlie is fine.  But no, that was not the case. We spent 5 hours at the hospital, and 4 tests turned into 14 tests.  The initial blood test came back with low HCT, HGB, MCHC and RBC (everything else were within normal range).  The vet raised the possibility of IMHA and I just freaked (I read about IMHA quite a few times on this site.) and long story short, we ended up doing a whole bunch of other tests to be sure (with 2 to be send offsite for result, including the Coomb's test), and I spent the afternoon crying (and they had to get me a separate room because everyone in the waiting room were all very concerned.) Vet said it's a good thing we caught it early because Charlie's HCT was 22% (she said 12% is when he'll need a blood transfusion, range is 37-61%), and Charlie is young (barely 4 years old) and relatively healthy, so we are going to start with an aggressive treatment plan to hopefully get this under control.  Charlie ended up getting an IV/fluid, 3 shots (steroid, cerenia, and some kind of stomach protectant) at the hospital.  He also got prescribed Prednisone and Sulcrate for 7…Continue

Tags: anemia, hemolytic, mediated, immune, IMHA

Vomiting water???

Started by Jolene, Sassparilla & Josie. Last reply by Karen & Jackdoodle May 8. 16 Replies

I know I've seen random posts but wondering what the census was on this issue? Sassy has been vomiting small amounts off and on for the last several months but its usually consistent with being active?Well last night she woke at 3am, drank water then proceeded to toss it all up within 5-10 minutes?? Clearly she wasn't active and her little kitty seemed concerned as well and was real anxious around her??I was restless the rest of the night so got a late start this morning then googled it just out of curiosity and heartworm was the first thing listed! Ugh my heart dropped.Momma bear freaked, rushed her to the vet but they were closing up so he sent us home with a chicken rice diet and an order for prilosec. He did say we may have to change her diet but they eat Orijen and Acana (can't do much better than that) and the issue doesnt happen with food just water???Wondering if anyone else fell into the same description and what the outcome was. She does have anxiety issues and she's now five. With so many doodles some getting sick others passing at such young ages I'm working myself into an absolute wreck! She's got a hearty appetite, VERY active, all body functions are normal?? Just seems to be a water issue??????Continue

Inflamed Paw

Started by Cindy and Olive (Ollie). Last reply by Nancy & Echo May 7. 16 Replies

Hi Doodle Friends. Boy, we haven't posted in a while, but I've been reading. :) Thought I'd share our latest, in hopes it will help a future someone and maybe we can hear some helpful thoughts, too...Olive has been great except yesterday she started limping - her front paw, barely putting weight down. I looked but couldn't see anything on or between her pads or any split nails or anything. DH took her to the vet this morning. After X-Ray, they found no breaks (yay) but saw inflammation. So, she was given clindamycin and suggested Epsom salt baths soak (any suggestions on how-to, please lmk!). They said the antibiotics should help her pretty quickly - taken with food, we will wait until dinner I suppose. I'm really glad to took her to the vet instead of wait-and-see! Plus, we just switched insurance and I'm just past the two week wait, lol! Lucky.What's weird is we can't figure out the cause - vet said it could've been a small puncture (maybe she stepped on a piece of glass in the parking lot that morning?) but she showed no signs of limping until after her nap. Who knows, I guess!?! Poor girl, she is such a sweetie. Here's a pic of her when she had her "Farrah Fawcett" hair. ;-)Best,Continue

Proviable paste from Amazon. Is it authentic?

Started by Judy and Scrabbledoodle. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie May 4. 10 Replies

I always keep a supply of Proviable paste, as Scrabble, has stomach issues occasionally. I use the capsules daily. I have always gotten the paste and capsules at Amazon. I purchased some in February, but just opened it last night. I first noticed that the packaging was different. It was in a box, rather than a blister pack. The tube looked okay, however, there were no capsules accompanying it, although the box stated that there were capsules. I was concerned that this item was not authentic. I called Nutramax, who told me to call Amazon. I basically wanted to know if it had ever been packaged that way. I didn't really get an answer. I called Amazon. They were helpful. I am getting my money back. I have now ordered it from Chewys. I have heard of fraudulent items on Amazon. Perfume, cosmetics. But when my dog is ingesting it, I am not taking a chance. Just a heads up.

Proviable paste from Amazon. Is it authentic?

Started by Judy and Scrabbledoodle. Last reply by Karen & Jackdoodle May 2. 2 Replies

I always keep a supply of Proviable paste, as Scrabble, has stomach issues occasionally. I use the capsules daily. I have always gotten the paste and capsules at Amazon. I purchased some in February, but just opened it last night. I first noticed that the packaging was different. It was in a box, rather than a blister pack. The tube looked okay, however, there were no capsules accompanying it, although the box stated that there were capsules. I was concerned that this item was not authentic. I called Nutramax, who told me to call Amazon. I basically wanted to know if it had ever been packaged that way. I didn't really get an answer. I called Amazon. They were helpful. I am getting my money back. I have now ordered it from Chewys. I have heard of fraudulent items on Amazon. Perfume, cosmetics. But when my dog is ingesting it, I am not taking a chance. Just a heads up.

Irregular growth on lower lip

Started by Kamela & Beckett. Last reply by Kamela & Beckett May 1. 5 Replies

We just discovered a growth on our almost 2 year old Aussiedoodle's lower lip, see attached picture. It doesn't appear to be bothering him, he's eating normally (which is to say very well), there's no bleeding, and from what I could see is the only one. A quick internet search makes me think papilloma. He goes to doggie daycare a couple days a week, so he could have picked up the virus there. We'll of course ask the vet to take a look at it, but anyone else have experience with growths on their pup's mouth?

Limping all of a sudden

Started by Shianne Mack. Last reply by Nancy, Ned, Clancy, and Charlie Apr 8. 7 Replies

So my pup Forrest (2 years old) was running after a squirrel about a month and a half ago and hurt his front right leg. He would limp for like 10 minutes, and then he would be fine. I applied pressure to everywhere on his leg and examined his paw and he didn't have a reaction. I took him to the Vet and he said it was probably a little minor strain, and that I should rest him for a week and see if that helps. It did! He was back to normal, then today while running, he all of a sudden whimpered really loud and came limping over to me. It's his same paw (the front right one), but this time he seems to have more of a limp. He has been limping for about 5 hours now and doesn't put much pressure on it. I tried applying pressure everywhere again, and he doesn't seemed bothered. I am wondering if I should take him to the vet again or just let him rest. I am confused as to why this keeps happening though... anyone have something similar happen to their pup?UPDATE! So I was examining him further and when I touch or try to rotate his leg near his shoulder, he whines a little. So i'm thinking its a shoulder injury or some sort?Continue

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Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle on May 9, 2017 at 1:44pm

Well, I wouldn't say No. America is just starting to jump on the wagon, lol. The effects of glucosamine and chondroitin on joint problems in both dogs and humans have been the subject of clinical studies in this country since the 1960s, and there is still no conclusive for or against. I prefer to look at actual clinical data and conclusions rather than general anecdotal information. Here are a couple of good resources which include study data:

http://www.akc.org/content/dog-care/articles/glucosamine-for-dogs/

http://skeptvet.com/Blog/2011/03/is-recommending-glucosamine-for-ar...
 It does appear that there may be some benefit and little risk in trying glucosamine supplements for dogs. However, that's not the case with MSM, which is included in the product you are currently using, and which does have known side effects and risk factors: https://www.vetinfo.com/msm-supplement-sides-effects-in-dogs.html

Comment by Melissa on May 9, 2017 at 1:30pm

Also, studies have been done in Europe for years with positive results. North America is just starting to jump on the wagon.  Good article:  http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2084&aid=670 

Comment by Melissa on May 9, 2017 at 1:20pm

Yes, I'm aware of the other ingredients in the product I'm using, but this wasn't the product I started my Beagle on. I bought something from the vet first and it was just Glucosamine and chondroitin. Pretty much the same thing I take myself daily for my own joints, but was for pets. 

Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle on May 9, 2017 at 1:08pm

Melissa, if you look at the ingredients in the product you're using, you'll see that there are several other things besides glucosamine. The Joint Max Liquid also contains chondroitin, MSM, aloe, vitamin C. manganese, and something called astaxanthin. So it may not be the glucosamine that is responsible for the beneficial effects you've seen. 

Comment by Melissa on May 9, 2017 at 1:02pm

Glucosamine supplements have worked wonders on my 12 year old Beagle. She had joint pain and issues climbing up the stairs. Within a few months of putting her on a glucosamine supplement, she began to move around and play like she was 5 years younger.  I think if there is an actual injury it may not help that much.  I do agree that the dosage the vet told you to give to him is a little odd. If you choose to buy it, go by the dosage on the bottle for the weight of your dog. 

Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle on May 9, 2017 at 12:47pm

Hi Tammy, Jackdoodle is 12.5 years old and has arthritis as well as a herniated lumbar disc, and is under the care of several specialists. He takes Cosequin DS, which contains 500 mg glucosamine and 400 mg chondroitin. He gets 2 capsules per day and weighs about 70 lbs. Considering your dog's age and health, your vet's recommendation sounds excessive to me, especially since the jury is still out on just how much glucosamine really helps with joint issues in dogs. 

Comment by Tammy Leiter on May 9, 2017 at 12:17pm

Thank you Melissa.

Comment by Melissa on May 9, 2017 at 12:08pm

Tammy Leiter -  I started giving my doodle glucosamine when she was young (she's only 2 now). It isn't going to hurt him. It will protect his joints, especially if he is active.  I use this: http://www.entirelypets.com/jointmaxliquid.html, and I only give it to her every 2nd day as her food has glucosamine in it too.

Comment by Tammy Leiter on May 9, 2017 at 11:42am

My Vet suggested giving my 75 lbs, 15 month old Doodle, 1500 mg per day of glucosamine.  My boy is healthy.  I thought that seemed like a high dosage and thought he seemed young to need this supplement.  what are you thoughts and if you use a supplement, what kind do you use.

Comment by Karen & Jackdoodle on January 14, 2017 at 1:45pm

Proviable has brought out a new product, Proviable Forte, which contains double the number of CFUs as the regular version: http://www.proviable.com/Proviable-Forte.html

 

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