Dog has been hospitalized 3 times - Vets cannot diagnose or successfully treat her
by Janet Rodriguez
(Laguna Niguel, CA USA)
June 5th - my dog started coughing - we were out of town.
June 7th - we got home, she was still coughing and had a fever of 103 F. She had an oval lump with a scab in the middle on her back off to one side. Took her to vet.
Based on chest xray, he thought she had lymphoma. Diagnostic doctor said she did not have cancer but had pneumonia. Vet placed her on antibiotics.
June 9th - still had fever and had two more oval lumps on body with two more coming up. Vet changed antibiotic. I put Evocin foam (kills surface bacteria) on all lumps, 3 with scabs and 2 more coming up - they all went away. Not sure if from antibiotics or Evocin or both. Fever subsided.
All of this time her appetite wasn't good - 10 or 12 bites here and there.
End of July fever returned, lethargic, doctor said to take her to specialist hospital. She was admitted, x-ray showed some improvement but infection still there. They said she had neck pain, suspected a neurological or spinal disease. Trach wash and spinal tap came back negative. They placed her on pain meds, anti-nasuea, appetite stimulant and continued antibiotics. Fever subsided.
July 10th pain meds and antibiotics ended - she immediately started vomiting - vomited 3 times - returned to hospital. Chest x-ray showed lungs vastly improved but still some infection. Placed her on steroids, back on antibiotics, on anti-nausea and pepcid. Said she had IBS. Placed her on 1 protein dog food although she had been on 1 protein dog food for years.
July 28th anti-nausea med ran out - she
immediately started vomiting - returned to hospital. X-rays showed lungs good but she spiked a fever - unknown origin. Did stomach ultrasound which shows abnormally thick stomach wall, found node on spine - aspirated both - both negative.
Decreased steroids - got worse - not eating, listless, depressed, increased steroids, has on 3 antibiotics, anti-nausea, appetite stimulant. Still not eating well at all, depressed.
Aspirated stomach lining again - I am waiting for results. If this comes back negative they plan to send blood work in for some rare bacteria.
I am in Spain. Tried to get a flight home and they are full. Leaving Weds and will be home Weds. night.
Phoebe (an 8 year old female Bichon Frise) has never been sick before. Vomiting didn't start until 35 days into illness. No diarrhea. 5 doctors have seen Phoebe now - no one can figure out what she has or how to help her.
I had bought Phytonucial, Dr. Goopet's Canine digestive enzymes, gentle digest probiotic, K-9 Transfer factor and k-9 immunity, wild Salmon oil and Nutri Joint support through Petnutrisystem which should be home when I get there with plans to try and hep her holistically before she was admitted this last time and they are talking about cancer again. I do not know if I am putting her through too much. I also do not know if my absence has made her worse. I am very distraught!!!
I feel very confused about how to proceed - whether I should put her down because this last hospitalization she is not responding or showing an improvement? If you can help, I would appreciate it. I feel so badly for her!
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