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Dog Health > I'm sick
Dallas- Mueller

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Barked: Mon Dec 11, '06 4:15pm PST 
Hi! I'm glad to hear that your fever went down and you are feeling better smile

I just went through the process of treating a dog with a tick bourne disease. Like your pup, he lost his apetite and had a very high fever. He actually tested negative for all tick bourne diseases, but my vet said that they might test negative:

1. Because they have not yet had time to produce antibodies
2. If the disease is in the chronic stage, the immune system may be compromised to the point that it is not producing antibodies at all!

The titer test for tick diseases looks for these antibodies to be present in certain significant amounts. So it could be that your dog may still be suffering from a tick bourne disease, which is nothing to take lightly, believe me!

I imagine if his fever goes away completely that you are in the clear, but if the fever remains, I would suggest speaking to your vet about treating your pup with doxycycline just in case there is a tick disease lurking there. The earlier you catch these diseases, they less likely they are to cause significant damage.

Unfortunately, we did not catch it early with my Dallas and it ended up really taking a toll on his immune system and bone marrow. He is on the road to recovery but it has not been easy.

Good luck to you, and it sounds like you may be in the clear (we sure hope so!!)

Kim, Dally and Lilly
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Dog Health > I\'m limping-Mommy\'s worried
Dallas- Mueller

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Barked: Mon Dec 11, '06 3:06pm PST 
Congrats! My dog Dallas had exactly the same thing happen about a year ago - very bad limping after he was active. I took him for x-rays and they diagnosed him with mild elbow dysplasia....but I decided secretly to just keep him quite with no running or playing for two weeks, and his limp completely went away, so now we are pretty sure it was a muscle tear. The good news is that if he does have elbow dysplasia, he doesn't have any symptoms yet!

I'm so glad your little guy is going to be just fine smile

K
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Dog Health > Miracle Dogs!

Dallas- Mueller

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Barked: Sun Dec 10, '06 8:57am PST 
I am considering my three year old dog Dallas to be a Christmas miracle dog smile His illness (as far as we know) started a month ago with a 105 fever and loss of apetite and lethargy. We discovered that he had NO white blood cells, and was severely anemic. We ran the gauntlet of tests - our vet suspecting everything from bone marrow cancer, to a chronic tick disease, to leukemia. He has shaved spots all over his body from his bone marrow biopsy and IV.

Long story short - we suspect he had a horrible viral or bacterial infection (as yet undiagnosed) that attacked his blood cells. It resulted in an auto-immune condition where his body was destroying his own white blood cells. So even though we had treated the virus and he was feeling fine, he still had no protection against further infection! We could not even take him out of the house frown But, after seeing an internist we started him on a steroid treatment to suppress his immune system, and voila - TONS of white blood cells! He is almost back to normal!!! It was the best outcome possible, and our little man is on the road to recovery just in time for Christmas.

It's all a bit of a mystery still, but the fact is that he is getting better and we hope we can get him off of those nasty steroids in a few months and he'll be good as new.

Does anyone else out there have a miracle dog story? Our pups go through so much and it's wonderful to hear about the happy endings smile

Kimberly, Dallas and Lilly
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Food & Nutrition > What is a bully stick?

Dallas- Mueller

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Barked: Sat Dec 9, '06 11:47am PST 
Well I finally broke down today and bought two expensive bully sticks for my pups....and altho they appeared to LOVE them....Dallas loved them a little TOO much. He literally had a 6 inch one halfway gone in 4 minutes. I had to take it away from him b/c he was going to swallow that last half in one gulp! Lilly lasted only slightly longer with her bully stick. I guess they just aren't meant for my big chewers.

Instead I'll stick with my stuffed marrow bones and kongs....but thanks everyone for giving me so many good tips! I wish my dogs ate them properly but they are just vaccuumes!!

K
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Dog Health > Oh great! Now I'M sick!

Dallas- Mueller

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Barked: Fri Dec 8, '06 10:05am PST 
It sounds like you are doing what you can for Kaiser and Duke. Taking them to the vet is the best course of action!!

I don't know much about kennel cough or HW, but I do know about how agonizing it is to wait for news when your dear pup is sick. I just went through that for the past month, so I am right there with you!!! We just got some good news, and are treating my dogger, and I know the same will happen for you.

Hugs are being sent your way, and keep us posted.

Kimberly
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Choosing the Right Dog > Which breed/s do you favor and why?
Dallas- Mueller

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Barked: Thu Dec 7, '06 10:36am PST 
Well my very favorite breed is the labrador retriever!! Of course smile I grew up with labs and now have two very beautiful labbies of my own. They are always up for whatever outdoor adventure we throw at them - hiking, fishing, swimming, camping, etc. They are such people pleasers and loyal friends. My friendship with my labs is more fullfilling than many of my friendships with people!!

That being said, I'd love to parent other breeds in the future. My first choices would be a Bernese Mountain Dog, golden retriever, siberian husky, rodesian ridgeback, rottie or boxer. My lifestyle needs a dog that is agile and likes to hike and be outside, so naturally I prefer big sporting type dogs.

IF I were to get a smaller dog I would go with a King Charles Cavalier spaniel - so adorable, or a shiba inu.

Yay - dogs are the best, all breeds!

K
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Food & Nutrition > What is a bully stick?

Dallas- Mueller

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Barked: Thu Dec 7, '06 9:58am PST 
Ok - I should have been able to figure that out from the name Bully Stick.........

Thanks though!

K
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Food & Nutrition > What is a bully stick?

Dallas- Mueller

Dallasaurus
 
 
Barked: Thu Dec 7, '06 9:22am PST 
I've heard lots of talk of bully sticks on these forums and I have never heard of them before! I'm interested to know what they are, if they are safe for big labradors, if they are good for teeth cleaning, etc. Any info would be appreciated!

Thanks,
K, Dally and Lil
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Dog Health > Steroids and HUNGER!

Dallas- Mueller

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Barked: Wed Dec 6, '06 11:21am PST 
Well luckily we have a doggie door so the water issue is not really too much of a problem since he can let himself out at night. Although we did discover that he had knocked over the trash can outside in the middle of the night to try to rummage for food. This is SO out of character for him!!! So now we are keeping our trash can outside the fence smile

I guess I'll just feed him more - my other pup Lilly is quite a stocky little one so it breaks my heart to constantly give Dallas more food when she has to suffice with diet doggie bones and small servings!

And Mikhail - thanks for your well wishes. Dallas is actually feeling REALLY good despite being hungry. He is even allowed to go on walks now, we just have to steer clear of other dogs and of any water sources that might be infectious. But life is definitely getting back to normal and for that we are ALL grateful! Especially Lilly - we had to keep her inside too and she has TONS of energy so that was really hard.

K
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Dog Health > Steroids and HUNGER!
Dallas- Mueller

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Barked: Wed Dec 6, '06 10:37am PST 
Hi all. I have a yellow lab who is on a high dose of steroids for an auto-immune problem. He is SO hungry I don't know what to do with him! He is never the kind of dog to get into things - but suddenly he is rummaging through trash cans, and he starts campaigning for breakfast at 4 am. Literally this morning he just stood over me licking me and wiggling - which is his usual routine, however he typically does it AFTER our alarm goes off - not at 4 AM. I don't know what to do because I need sleep, and I cannot lock him out of my room b/c he is my baby!!!

I was thinking of maybe feeding him 3x a day instead of 2 - once in the morning, then when I get home from work, and then once later in the evening close to bedtime. Do you think that would curb his apetite enough to allow me to sleep until 6 am? He has been sick and lost quite a bit of weight, so I'm not too worried about fattening him up a bit. My vet said we would put him on a diet once he is healthy again.

Does anyone have experience with steroid starving dogs?!?

Thanks!!

K and hungry Dally
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