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Missing link for dogs
Missing link for dogs
Posted on Mar 14, 2017
I got two dogs a 9 year old golden lab and a 4 year old chihuahua. The golden lab started acting strange during the week of my anniversary in July. I took him to the vet on that day as he looked really bad. They checked him over, said his organs looked good but he has no appetite, his body is thin and his eyes are sunken in. He had blood tests that came back as a little bit low in iron and it was normal for a 10 year old dog so they told me they had no clue what was wrong with him. I had them give him vitamin C pills (I was getting some from a friend). Nothing really helped and he wasn’t eating. He was on his own for a week and he got worse. They had to put him on oxygen to help him breathe. The following day he was worse than ever and they had to sedate him. He went into a state of cardiac arrest the following day. The vet had to put him down.
When he died my mind went into overdrive. There was no indication of any of the same symptoms and I thought “they had to give me something, how come my dogs are fine.” I took the dog to the vet. She couldn’t explain why he was so sick. They did the same blood test and nothing. The dogs was not tested for anything like heartworm or parvo because they had had those in the past. They also tested the water in the area for anything abnormal, so far they didn’t find anything. A week later my dog is still sick. I took him back to the vet who said he felt there was something else going on. They did more tests. I have lost more sleep. I have my doubts. I can’t even go out to get the food I need or water. They tested him for parvo (which he had before) which they said was negative. Then they did some liver work up, nothing was wrong with his liver. He is now on oxygen. I haven’t been able to go out to the store yet and I am feeling very guilty.
My friend said her dog died a week ago and they are still running tests. I am feeling very tired and stressed. My dog doesn’t look like he is even sick, but I am not thinking clearly and I don’t know what is going on. I keep telling myself this is just a virus, but I have never heard of this before. My dog does not have problems breathing. They test the air quality everyday to make sure nothing in the home is hurting him and it doesn’t look like that is the problem. He is coughing a lot, but that is normal. I don’t want him to get worse. I am at my wits end.
I don’t want to stress my dog and make him sick. It isn’t fair to do that. I feel very guilty because I don’t feel like there is anything I can do to make him better. He is just there, lying on his bed.
I feel like I am missing the boat on this, but I don’t know what to do. I can’t believe that this is just happening to me. I am not going to cry about it. I will just get on with it.
I am at the wits end.
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I agree that it can be overwhelming. In many of the posts here, people are saying that they are still waiting for the results of tests. I have some advice for you to try:
Don’t stress yourself, if at all possible.
Get your dog to a veterinary if he seems to be having trouble breathing, coughing or wheezing, especially if the cough is dry and it seems as though the coughing is worsening. It could be anything, but at least get your dog to a vet who will do tests and do what they can to make sure there is nothing wrong. If your vet thinks something else may be the cause, and you don’t feel like they know enough to do what needs to be done, at least the vet may give you a prescription. If you get your dog to a vet right away, you’ll have the test results and prescription sooner and your dog may be feeling a lot better.
If your dog is old, doesn’t seem to be in too much pain, and he is just lying there, with a cough, wheezing, or other symptom, don’t stress yourself, just get him to a vet.
If your dog is showing some symptoms, if you take him to a vet for more tests, the test results will likely be ready long before the holiday.
When you do decide to take your dog to the vet, bring the papers that the vet gave you. Tell them what you think your dog may have, the names of the symptoms that he is showing, how old he is, what tests have been done so far, and any tests that the vet might need to do. This will make it much easier for the vet to do the test that they need to do and find out what the problem is, and this will also speed up the test results.
The other thing you can do to speed up getting the results is if you have a friend or neighbor who has been in a vet’s office who might have experience with your dog. It’s a good idea to tell your vet the name of the person, so they can call them. I know a dog lover who works at a vet clinic, and if you have a dog who has been there before, she will often know a few things about it that the vet does not.
When you visit the vet, be sure to have your papers with you, and to tell them that you are not sure what the problem is, but you’d like to know what it is. Tell them that you don’t want to see your dog get put to sleep if it can’t be fixed, and tell them that you don’t want it to get sicker, and not be able to eat or drink. Tell them that you want to find out what’s wrong with your dog. This way, if they find out that the symptoms are caused by a virus or a bacteria, you can start antibiotics right away.
It’s not the best thing in the world to start antibiotics right away, because then you may make your dog sicker than it already is. Your vet will most likely have a few questions for you, but ask any questions that you have for them, if you know the answers. Don’t worry if you’re unsure, tell them what you know, and ask them to tell you if you’re wrong. If you’re not sure, ask them to call someone else, and they will most likely give you the names of other vets that you can talk to.
A few tips to help you find an experienced vet:
Talk to your vet’s receptionist and find out what kind of experience they have.
Ask if they have a referral for you.
Ask if they have the equipment or tools to handle a problem they have.
Visit the office before you make an appointment.
Be sure to find out what type of food the vets use for the animals. Make sure that it’s the best for your dog, and that it will