So sorry to hear about your sweet Betty - have they done full panel bloodwork? I don't see it mentioned above, but may have missed it. If not, I would be asking for that right away.Hi All,
As a short introduction, my name is Jimmy, and along with my wife and 1 year old daughter, we have 2 fantastic bulldog rescues Betty and Nelson. We've had Nelson for a year and a half now and he's approximately 2 years old. He's had his fare share of health issues, but today I'm writing about Betty.
Betty is coming up on her 10th birthday (in August). We rescued Betty 5 years ago. She was used for breeding, and when no longer able to breed given up. We've had a fantastic 5 years with her as part of our family.
Betty has always been pretty healthy (aside from a bout with mites 4 years ago). We've noticed in her old age the need to take shorter walks, as well as a decreased activity level overall. At her last annual visit to the vet (October 2014) she weighed 43 pounds and was doing great.
Unfortunately, we're currently having trouble diagnosing what's ailing her (she's seen several vets now), and was hoping someone on here may have some ideas... any idea really. The timeline of recent events are:
10/31/2014 Regular Vet - Annual checkup. All fine. Weight is 43.5
5/14/2015 Home Observation - Slight leg drag, only occasionally
5/15/2015 Home Observation - no noticeable issues walking
5/15/2015 Regular Vet - Diagnosed to have CCL surgery. No longer limping/dragging leg, but hind right leg has loss of muscle and movement in the knee. Weight is 40.8
5/21/2015 Surgeon - Confirmation that she needs CCL surgery. Still no noticeable limp
6/27/2015 Home Observation - profound limp (new)
6/29/2015 Home Observation - 3/4 tramadol twice a day through 24 hours prior to scheduled surgery
7/2/2015 Surgeon - Went in for surgery, discovered in X-Ray only has sprain, but coupled with hip dysplasia. Prescribed 1.5 tramadol 3 times a day. Rimadyl 75mg once a day. DID NOT DO SURGERY.
7/3/2015 Home Observation - Lethargic
7/8/2015 Home Observation - Panting, not acting normal, only eating hand fed food
7/8/2015 Regular Vet - Examined. Decided to take her off all meds and see how she responds. Weight is 37.8
7/9/2015 Home Observation - Slight to no noticeable improvement, felt hot, panting a bit at night
7/10/2015 Home Observation - 103.1 temp
7/10/2015 Regular Vet - Ran multiple tests with no positive results. Gave liquid antibiotic. Temp of 102.9
7/10/2015 Home Observation - pale yellow poop (at night)
7/11/2015 Home Observation - looks to be feeling slight better. 102.8 temperature. Switch to chicken/rice bland diet at lunch. Less panting
7/11/2015 Regular Vet - 3/4 of tab, once daily of enroflax. Cerenia 2 tablets (24mg each) (anti-nausea), only given today.
7/11/2015 Home Observation - Eats a bit out of her bowl on her own (not required to be hand fed).
7/12/2015 Home Observation - temp of 103.1
7/12/2015 Home Observation - diarrhea, swollen fold by face, loss of appetite. Continues to pant, breath heavily.
7/12/2015 Emergency Vet - Given steroid shot and put on Benadryl 2-3 times a day
7/13/2015 Home Observation - Symptoms of swollen face, loss of appetite and panting continue. Stomach appeared bloated (couldn’t see her ribs when she was laying on her side) at approximately 7pm. Small amount of nasal discharge
7/13/2015 Emergency Vet - Examined and given liquid under her skin. Temperature came down to under 102.
7/13/2015 Home Observation - Got home from the vet, acted strange, stood on grass outside of car and circled a few times. Had to be carried inside.
7/14/2015 Home Observation - Gooey stool (sample collected and brought to Emergency Vet. Went to grass and sat (very unusual for her). Began breathing from her stomach. More nasal discharge, sneezing.
7/14/2015 Emergency Vet - Had ultrasound, didn’t find anything. Running a slight fever 103.X? Took urine sample to culture. Advised to continue Benadryl for a week and revisit. They are hoping its simply a lingering allergic reaction to one of the meds.
If anyone has any thoughts or guidance on where we should go from here, we're all ears!
Jimmy and Jenn.
PS Attached is an excel file with the info from above, as well as a calendar grid of the same information, and blood test results from the 8th and 10th. We've requested the blood test results from the Surgeon (which would be before she got sick) and hope to have those by tomorrow. Also, I've attached the x-rays our regular vet took on the 10th.
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