My dog got spayed on August 1st, she is a 13 year old poodle mix. She also had a mastectomy along with her spay so she has a very big incision. She is on her 4th week and the lower half of her incision does not look like the top half. The surgeon said it may take a while to heal because of the placement but I noticed a bump at the base of her incision at day 4 that has not gone away. She keeps licking at it and the surgeon suggested we must let her heal and later investigate. Also, at day 10 I noticed a white tiny pimple sized thing trying to come through under her skin. I really checked it out today since it has not gone away and it feels like something sharp poking under her skin, she has two of these that feel the same. I am scared she might have torn her internal stitches but the surgeon did not seem too worried. I notice when she eats she seems to look like she feels uncomfortable. She threw up yesterday but I took it as maybe her pancreatitis acting up. I am freaking out and don’t know if I am making a big fuss over nothing. She did not run during her recovery but she would stand up on her hind legs no matter how much I attempted to keep her calm. She did slip 3 times and land on her tummy, twice at day 8 because I had her on a short leash and she would try to run, the third slip was at day 13 and for the same reason of the short leash and attempting to run. I feel so sad and don’t have peace of mind. I feel guilty she slipped on me those three times but then again don’t know what to make of that lump at day 4. After the two slips at day 8 and after on day 10 she started having severe diarrhea. I contacted the surgeons team and they suggested boiled chicken and boiled rice, but at day 12 the diarrhea was a soft serve ice cream consistency and then she thew up so I took her into emergency immediately. At emergency they checked her vitals and incision and could not figure out what may have caused the stomach upset since from her pancreatitis history did not have the swollen tummy and her incision looked fine. They attributed the upset to possible pain med side effect and prescribed a probiotic and to stop the gabapentin. It’s has been a tough healing process for her. I will attach pictures of of what the incision looked like at day 7, 10, and now. I hope it’s not what I am fearing but it’s better to know if I should advocate for her and have them check again. Thanks guys, sorry for the long story but this is my little girl who is my first owned dog and who has been by my side for 13 years. I love her so much and it pains me to see her uncomfortable. Fyi her appetite is always good no matter what and her bowels are back to normal since the 18th of august and they were fine before the 10th of august as well.
Hiya, my dog has pancreatitis and I have tried different food, medications and probiotics. Nothing seems to work for long and hasn’t went for longer the 3 weeks without a bad spell. Does anyone have any recommendations on how to help him as he is only just 3 and I am fed up of him not being able to be a young dog.
I have a 12 year old cat who vomits almost every day since I adopted her 5 months ago. She has been to the vet several times and a sonogram revealed she has chronic pancreatitis. They didn’t see any other issues. She was eating canned Fancy Feast with water, but now I have her on NomNomNow because I thought fresh food would help her. But she is still vomiting. It’s usually food at first but then she moves spots and vomits bile or saliva/foam. Once or twice the saliva looked bloody (took her to the vet right after). The vet had her on vitamin E, pepcid, and a round of antibiotics. Nothing helped. She has never been very playful but she is behaving relatively normally, eats, grooms, poops, etc. I don’t know what else to do! Thanks for any advice!
Hi, I have a pomerian mix, about 15 lbs,, and I am having a terrible time getting him to eat. I feed him Royal Canine which he usually eats late at night when nothing else is offered. I have spent a lot of money trying different foods, treats, toppings for his food and table food. He has had two bouts with pancreatitis this year, so I am trying to limit table food and treats. I am at my wits end. What else can I do? Dr. Magnifico is Bond’s vet, so is familiar with him. Thank you for any suggestions.
My 9 year old Cocker Spaniel has had quite a few issues. Pancreas probems to name one. This past few days she has not been herself at all. Limping slightly and having great difficulty in getting up on to the chair, also difficulty in moving along the settee or the bed, more or less shuffling along and wimpering looking at me as if to say “mum I`m hurting” any ideas please.
Teddy, male castrated DSH, almost 10 years old. We are in the UK. Teddy was hand reared from a week old. He has always presented with loose stools &/or diarrhoea which no one has even been able to attribute a specific cause to. Over the years, we have tried antibiotics including metronidazole, probiotics, prednisolone, drontal & panacur (as part of a worming programme), prescription diets, a raw diet, B12 injections, peridale granules & pancreatic enzymes. The only things which seemed to have some success were the metronizadole & the raw diet. All this time despite having a sore rectum & greasy coat, Teddy has never really acted sick until this week, when he went from having a good appetite to not wanting to eat & hiding. Teddy was very dehydrated. He was placed on iv fluids, had a convenia & B12 injection, had panacur & a gastro-protectant. Teddy has been hospitalised for 5 days. He is still on a drip. They have ruled out FIV & FelV, doesn’t have kidney or liver damage, WBC is very high, does not have a fever, isn’t anaemic. Taken a stool sample. The diarrhoea has stopped but is barely eating & having to be syringe fed. Teddy as Today they said Teddy appears to want to eat but is struggling to do so but doesn’t have any dental issues. They mentioned possibly pancreatitis as a cause for Teddy’s symptoms but can’t rule out parasites or an infection at this stage. Teddy has always been a small cat but he is now just 2.2kg. I asked the vet about a feeding tube but they said no as it would require an anaesthetic & Teddy isn’t well enough for that. The crux of this is that if Teddy doesn’t get adequate nutrition into him, he is going to die. How can I persuade my vet to change their mind?
Our 16-yr old Bichon recently suffered a serious accident when she raced off a platform chasing “something” she saw in our yard. She fell about three feet and apparently damaged her neck and spine. This happened on 9 May and we took her to an emerency vetenarian practice. X-rays of her legs showed no broken bones.
Prior to the accident, Pumpkin was limping on her right hind leg. After the accident, she cannot walk or control her body in order to lay upright, but if she is positioned in an upright position she can hold her head up and look from side-to-side. She pulls her left hind leg back if you pull on it. She does not react when you pull on her other legs, but for the past three days when held over a training pad with support under her chest and abdomen, she raises both hind legs and her tail to urinate. She has allerted us to her desire for water and need to urinate by licking her lips and making a whining sound. She is usually alert and notices sounds and people walking by her bed.
She has also deficated, both while lying on her side and while being held over the training pad, but her bowel movements are irregular because we have not discovered the best diet for her yet.
Initially we gave her some miralx, but that gave her diarrehia. Primarily we have been feeding her low-fat chicken tenders that have been braised for hours to make them soft. We tried feeding her a mixture of white rice and ground chicken, but she ate the chicken and left the rice. Recently we gave her some canned pureed pumpkin with some chicken babyfood mixed in. She seemed to like that. We are going to try mixing chicken, brown rice, pumpkin and babyfood together to discover a combination that will make her bowel movements more regular. She has a pretty good appetite and we have not used the Entyce (see list of meds) recently. We have to be careful with her diet because Pumpkin suffers from bouts of pancreatitis. Prior to the accident, we gave her a very small bit of chicken mixed in 3/4 cup of Annamaet grain free lean reduced fat formula dry dog food once per day at dinner time. Her weight stays at about 12 lbs +/-.
Pumpkin is taking the following medications:
Codene tabs 15 mg, half a tab every 12 hrs (previously, every eight hrs)
Methocarbamol tabs 500 mg, quarter tab every eight hours
Prednisone 5 mg tab, one tab per day
Entyce 30mg/ml, 0.5 mls once daily, as needed.
Metronidazole 250 mg tab, half a tab per day (for two more days)
Pumpkin also has eye allergies and we give her some Prednisolone Acetate drops, one drop in each eye per week.
We intend to continue treatment for awhile to see if Pumpkin can regain some use of her legs with prospects of walking again.
We would like any advice on how (and how long) to proceed at this stage, both regarding her injuries and her diet to achieve regular bowel movements.
Hello. I have a 10 year old female chihuahua. She has been progressively getting more blind until just recently when she went all the way blind. I’ve also noticed she’s very heard of hearing. She also has pancreatitis and has flare ups about once a month and we’ve really been trying to find the right diet for her. She’s only 10 years old so I’m very weirded out and worried about her. Does this mean she’s doesn’t have many years left? I thought dogs’ hearing and eye sight usually go down hill when they’re much older, especially for a chihuahua.
I know this is a long and detailed question, but please bear with me, as I am extremely worried. I have a cairn terrier that is around 13 years old. I already suspect my dog has a kidney and /or liver problem considering her annual blood tests going back 3-4 years. My vet always says the test values are fine and nothing to worry about, BUT I know that cannot be true since there are many that are very high (some are “off the chart”), including: ALT, Alk Phosphatase, Urea Nitrogen, BUN/Creatine Ration, WBC, Platelet Count, & Neutrophils. Any/all of these high values can indicate problems with: kidneys, liver, pancreas, heart, cancer, and cushing’s syndrome. She coughs and her stomach contracts frequently. She vomits at least once each week (& tummy makes noises a lot). She alternates between loose stool, constipation, and normal. Her thirst has increased a lot. Her appetite is hungry as usual. She had a pot-belly and was overweight, but now she has lost weight and most of the pot-belly (even though she does not eat any less really). Again, my vet is not concerned about any of this either. An x-ray taken a couple of years ago showed she had a kidney stone, but as usual he is not concerned. She is almost blind now, as well as deaf. She had cataracts start to form when she was around 8 years old. At one visit he says she has glaucoma and the net visit she doesn’t. She also have various lumps on her head and body which he says to “just watch”. It is obvious to me that I need to take her to a new vet, as I this vet does not know what he is doing, nor do I think he even cares about the health of my dog. My pressing & immediate worry is that yesterday she wouldn’t eat and vomited 4 times, and that it was a pale pink hue color & a little frothy. I read that meant there was probably some blood in her vomit, which if course can be serious. She did a very little vomit today which was clear but had a little bit of a green/brown color mixed in. I made sure not to feed her until today. I gave her some Pepsid AC and later I gave her a little boiled chicken. So far it is staying down. I do plan on taking her to a different vet within the next few days. Is there a vet (and/or other knowledgeable people) that could give me an idea of what her actual health issue(s) probably is? I would be ever so grateful!
7 year old Cocker-Spaniel since 7-17-17 has been brought into to various vets for pain complaints around the neck area with diarrhea and dark stool with blood, head tilt, trouble eating hard food, so was given watered down hard food. Was told by first vet ear swab was positive for yeast infection, and pancreatitis test came back negative, wanted to do a blood test to rule out toxicity. Stool returned to normal following week but K9 continued with pain in head, would not shake, progressive weakness in upper right limb, was then taken to urgent care, given pain meds and steroid. Instructed to 6-8 crate rest, ending week of 7-23-17 total weakness in all four limbs unable to urinate must be expressed. Beginning of this week, in pain. Meds not working, constantly whining when breathing unless im touching her, no pain response when pinching webbings of paws on both front limbs. Massive eye drop in both eyes almost to the point of being closed. Doing laser treatment since 7-30-17, working to get a CT scan in progress. Is my dog dying? Any suggestions?