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Jana Rade | 7 years ago
Question For Dr. Krista; Sorry, Complicated Question(?)

First, To Review For Benefit Of Others Reading This…

Question for Dr. Krista; sorry, complicated question(?)

First, to review for benefit of others reading this question:

Patient: Cookie
Rottweiler, spayed female, 2 years old

Presented with lethargy, anorexia, vomiting and diarrhea (threw up only twice and one time diarrhea, then taken to vet, given antiemetics and antibiotics; diagnosed with pancreatitis; getting better since – this was Monday)

During exam foreign material found in stool (grain and corn; we think she got into the horse feed) painful cranial abdomen, low and large bowel diarrhea, enlarged submandibular nodes – this part worries me because these were temporarily enlarged not long ago; resolved quickly, though)

As I’m reviewing the blood results, there are things I could understand as being consistent with digestive distress/pancreatitis but some which are concerning me, namely the globulin and lymphocyte levels, even though they are not extremely low but low nonetheless.

Beside the cPL which is clear in its meaning, the free T4 is low – I assume this is what is meant by not testing for hypothyroidism in ill animals, because the thyroid hormones would be low with any disease process? Is that correct?

I would figure that the ALT/unhappy liver enzymes would also be consistent with such insult to the body, is that correct? And I imagine same would apply to bilirubin in a situation of digestive upset?

The values that concern me are the globulin and the lymphocytes, particularly together with the "easily aggravated" sub mandibular lymph nodes in the mix, particularly as it seems that lymphopenia would be present with both CPV and lymphoma … ? I’d assume that a) Cookie was recently vaccinated for CPV and is improving too rapidly to think CPV? Lymphoma has been on my afraid mind since the first time they were found enlarged.

It also says, though, that lymphopenia could be a result of underactive glands (the source doesn’t say which ones) so would that perhaps have to do with the lowered thyroid function during the digestive distress?

Didn’t find much on low globulins, other than immunodeficiency types of situations, which doesn’t seem to apply. What is the "life-span" of a globulin, and if short, would the low globulins have to do with the unhappy liver?

Can you, please confirm about the free T4 and talk to me about the globulin and more importantly the lymphocytes?

Blood results attached.

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Christina Chambreau
6 years ago

I will let Dr. Krista address your specific blood questions. Were you interested in the holistic approaches to evaluating blood work?  Also, not being able to tolerate an occasional eating splurge is considered an early warning sign that a dog is not completely healthy, so there would be many things to do at this point. 

I wonder if Cookie has had prior digestive issues?

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AngelicA | 7 years ago
For The Past Couple Of Days My Dog Is Not Herself. She Recently Got A…

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Jana Rade
6 years ago

Dear Angelica, PLEASE NEVER let your dog vomit for three days without seeking veterinary help!!!! NEVER!! The shaking only proves that she is getting worse and whatever the original problem, further problems are now piling up, such as dehydration, electrolyte imbalances, weakness and possibly very low blood sugar at this point as well, particularly if she is a small dog! http://dawgbusiness.blogspot.ca/2014/01/dog-with-pancreatitis-in-critical.html PLEASE SEEK VETERINARY HELP NOW! We’ve just gone through something similar with our dog. Throwing up once or maybe even twice and feeling ok otherwise, ok, fine. Throwing up and being lethargic? Dog needs help. http://dawgbusiness.blogspot.ca/2014/02/the-project-that-is-cookie-pancreatitis.html Please don’t deceive… Read more »

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Valentina Black | 7 years ago
What Is A Good Brand Of Wipe To Use For Puppies?

What is a good brand of wipe to use for puppies?

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Krista Magnifico
6 years ago

Hello Valentina

I am not sure why you are asking about a wipe for your puppy. Or how you wanted to use it. Whether it is for the eyes or after going potty? But in general a warm paper towel is the safest thing to use. If you are talking about after your puppy urinated or dr decayed then a warm paper towel with just a tiny but if dish detergent is safe too. Asking as you’re move all of the soap afterward.

I don’t think you bed to buy these products.

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Renee | 7 years ago
Hello! I Have A 1 1/2 Year Old Lab Mix. When I Got Her She…

Hello! I have a 1 1/2 year old Lab mix. When I got her she was eating Purina Puppy Chow. I switched her to Science Diet Large Breed Adult which she refused to eat. So I switched her to Nutro Max Large Breed Adult in June. Recently she’s been showing a disinterest in her food. She’s never been a "can’t wait until the bowl hits the ground" or a fast eater. But she usually will go eat her dinner or her own time. Now she goes over, sniffs it and ignores it. If I wet it or mix a little rice in she’ll eat it. She’s acting normal otherwise – no vomiting or diarrhea, she’s drinking regularly, very playful, begs for people food and gobbles up treats. And she will eat her meals – she just skips a meal here and there when she’s really disinterested. Do you have any recommendations for a good food for a picky eater? Or is it okay to wet foods or mix with rice in order to get her to eat and keep her on the same food? Thanks!

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Jana Rade
6 years ago

Hi Renee, well, it is possible that she is just picky, because she knows what yummy food is (people food and treats) BUT I believe it is possible she’s trying to tell you something. Perhaps wheat doesn’t really agree with her or doesn’t digest well, or grains in general, or something else about those foods. There is SOME evidence, that in nature, animals are capable of "medicating" themselves and to pick foods that agree with them and stay from those that don’t. Living with us, they have lost the option and have to eat what they’re given. You say she… Read more »

Jana Rade
6 years ago

Good to hear.

You might also consider adding some probiotics and digestive enzymes, which will help with assimilation of the food.

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Molly | 7 years ago
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Krista Magnifico
6 years ago

Hello Molly, Quite an interesting question here. Some of the things that I would ask you are: 1. What type of surgery? 2. How long ago? In days? 3. How is your cat getting along now? 4. What medications is your cat on? List all with doses and the size of your cat. Lastly, based on the answers to the above questions I would closely look at the pain medication. I ALWAYS blame the drugs first. Secondly, I think that two weeks of pain medications is a long time for a cat post-op. My first suggestion would be to call… Read more »

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Tyler | 7 years ago
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Kelly Furgason
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Stuart Spector | 7 years ago
First And Foremost…very Nice Site And I’ve Enjoyed Reading Many Of Your Responses…i Have A…

first and foremost…very nice site and i’ve enjoyed reading many of your responses…i have a series of questions that i’ll ask over the coming weeks but don’t want to inundate you…

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Kristen Vance
6 years ago

Hello!
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Rick Diacont | 7 years ago
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6 years ago

Hi Rick,

I would try chicken broth and rice. See if there is an improvement. The beef maybe too heavy. If he improves then add lean, broiled chicken to the rice and slowly get him back on his normal diet.

However, you may need to take Buddy to your vet for fluids and to get an intestinal medicine to help clear the bug.
I have had to do this before and the fluids and medicine usually help the dog improve within a day.

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Beth Inge | 7 years ago
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Jana Rade
6 years ago

Hi Beth, there is a number of conditions that can cause hair loss. Little patches would make me think infection but you say your vet ruled that out? (both bacterial and fungal?) Gland/hormonal disorders can also cause hair loss but typically not in this type of pattern. http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2111&aid=421 Age by itself is not a disease, but with age things might not be working as well as they used to. There still should be a discernible cause, though, IMO. Is this issue in any way seasonal? Makes me think of Jasmine, though. Twice she developed a bald patch in different areas,… Read more »

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Sandra Elizabeth Diaz | 7 years ago
Hello. I Have A 9 Year Old Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier That Is Very Stubborn…

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Jana Rade
6 years ago

Hi Sandra, I take it your vet established there is no medical reason for him to be a picky eater? There are no other issues such as bad stools etc? I’m asking that because we thought Jasmine was a picky eater for a long time … until we finally found out she had and IBD. It is also possible that his system might not like high carb diet and kibble is inherently quite high in carbohydrates. Here is the good news, though. Firstly, there are options other than kibble, which are still dog food, be it canned foods, freeze dried… Read more »