Dog diagnosed with skin infection, then Lyme, now pancreatitis
(Loma Linda, CA)
I recently submitted my story/question about the nightmare we have been going through. Well, it just keeps on getting worse.
I lost my 16 yr best friend 2 weeks ago to reasons unknown. I was financially unable to get veterinary help at the time. Then my 8 yr old Lab, Coleman, gets a skin rash.
The vet gives him Ceph for a bacterial infection. Two days later the Humane Society vet diagnoses him with Lyme disease after I asked for a heartworm test to be done. I was reaching I guess, but couldn't afford a blood test at the time.
Anyway, he puts him on Doxy 350mg. After a few days of watching his every breath and counting the moments I have left with him, I decided I'de had enough of this whole situation (we've been in hell since moving last month). I tracked down EVERY record I get my hands on (which included a blood panel done 2 yrs ago. I even wrote out a timeline with EVERY symptom/medication/vaccination he's had and went back to the vet. I figured giving him a "visual" may help him in case there's something that's been going on all along. Ridiculous!
The test came back yesterday and now he says Coleman has pancreatitis! He said it was serious, then sent me home with Viokase- no verbal instructions and the printout on the label is unreadable.
I believe it's all of the antibiotics they're giving us causing this. Now I don't know what or which problem to concentrate on. I started feeding him boiled chicken breast with green beans and baby carrots. I've been adding just a little of the old kibbles to wean him off hoping not to shock his system. He's still eating and drinking fine.
No diarrhea or vomiting so far, but his stool is yellow and soft. He's still probably 6-8 lbs overweight. I think there's been something going on for awhile now that they've missed. So really I don't know what to feed him.
Help! Thyroid problem? Erlichia? Heart? Do I need to worry he'll be ok one min then gone the next? Now it seems to ALL apply to him the more that I read. I'm probably making him worse with all of my stressful energy. I'm just so afraid to make another bad decision.
I'm attaching both of the test results. Thank you so much for your time. He means everything to me.
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