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:
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.
For the past couple of days my dog is not herself. She recently got a lump on her snout. It went always but she has been vomiting for 3 days. She has also been shaking for the last couple of days. I have no idea what to do? Please help
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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!
I am concerned with my cat that she may be having seizures. She recently had hip surgery (about 2 weeks ago) and so I am worried I might have first confused the symptoms as pain.
These "episodes" usually happen once every other night – always at night. She will stare into space and see things that aren’t there, then squint her eyes almost to where they are closed and her mouth is slightly open. Her head does not shake, but it lightly trembles like she is cold. After a couple of minutes she gets up and is fine, wants to eat and play. I give her the pain medicine she in on post-surgery, but I don’t know if that is helping or if the "seizure" is ending, if that is what it is.
I will definitely consult her vet Monday and bring her in if need be – I am just worried and found this site. I wish I could go on the weekend but the surgery was so expensive I can’t afford to pay the extra for an emergency visit.
Today, I found one of my pet chickens dead in my coop. I didn’t know what she ha died from. I have lost several other chickens in a manner similar to this, however the deaths are usually several months apart. I found her under the ladder to the hen boxes, a very tight space, as well as I found no evidence of any wounds, and her comb and wattle showed no signs of frostbite. I want to know what I should look for as to determine the cause of death in a chicken, especially one who died like this. Also, this chicken was only ~2 yrs old.
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…
i lost two shelties last year after 12 great years…i’m now exploring a new dog or two and am going through the inner conflict of purebred vs. shelter…
currently i’m leaning towards a 2 year old shelter dog that is being fostered…the dog has been spayed and checked by a vet but as a potential adopter what do you recommend a new owner look for health wise…clearly i am interested in temperament but if money was not a concern…are there a series of tests you’d recommend…i was thinking of recommending a visit to my vet and ordering a blood profile, stool sample, and urinalysis…does that seem reasonable before adopting a new dog? other thoughts? again, money is not a concern…i repeat that not to sound arrogant because money is always a factor but i want to do the right thing and then weigh finances…
We have a 9 year old Yorkie named Buddy. 2 days ago he started having loose bowel movements. We gave him rice and ground beef, but that has not stopped the problem. What would you give or do if this was your pet?
I have a 15 year old Pug. In May he started losing patches of hair, no bigger than the size of a quarter. There were a couple on his legs, one or two on his stomach and the last one has been on the under part of his neck. My vet has done all the blood work as well as skin scrapings and everything is normal. He gets better with meds, but as soon as we stop them, he gets another patch. These spots are not itchy. He is not bothered by them at all. I have an appointment with a dermatologist next week. However, I follow the life of an elderly pug on Facebook and I have noticed that he has several places on his underside with no hair. I was wondering if this could all be due to my pug’s age.
Hello. I have a 9 year old soft coated wheaten terrier that is very stubborn and picky. My first dog so i didn’t really know much on how to care for a dog . I got him when he was 5. I always fed him human food because he never wanted to eat dog food. He would always have ear infections and allergies. So this year i said to myself enough is enough. Is been about 3 months now that i been trying really hard for him to eat dog food. Have try a lot of brands. Right now im stuck with Wellness for seniors . For him to eat his dog food i gave it to him with cottage cheese almost for 2 weeks then cream cheese. He got bored. Someone told me to try it with the laughing cow cheese. He did like it but only for s couple of days. My desperation was so big that i even give it to him with milk like cerea. He only drink the milk. Lol. I have even try dry milk which it was a little more successful. With all of the things I have said I’ve tried he only eats one time and not much. Maybe a scoop and a half of the scoops we use to grab soup. He has lost weight. Vet sa6s his not under weight but i see on him he has lost a lot. Even though he was over weight. I dont know what to do in order for him to eat like a regular dog. His getting old. So i feel he needs his dog food nutrients something that human food is not going to give him. Please help me how i can make my dog eat his dog food and how much do i feedhim. ( remember his really picky even with human food. He does not like veggies or rice or frufruits)