lovinggreysslp Posted January 24, 2012 Share Posted January 24, 2012 (edited) Some of you may remember our eleven year old Jimmy having both endoscopy and abdominal surgery three weeks ago to remove four dog boots from his stomach. He did quite well during the week following the surgery but has been declining the past two weeks. I really could use some insight into what could be wrong with our poor boy. Problems: Jimmy has been running a low grade fever (102.6 - 103.8) the past two or three days. Jimmy's appetite has been declining this past weekend and he is now refusing most of what he is offered (he usually would eat anything offered). Jimmy has moments of "shivering" and breathing faster than normal. Jimmy has gained less than a pound since his surgery. While he is not eating much now, he was eating at least 2,000 calories per day. His stool has never returned to normal. Jimmy's energy level has declined and he is struggling to get up from lying down now. labs today: urine sample showed blood and protein in the urine, some white blood cells and cast cells. With this information, our vet thinks Jimmy may have glomerular nephritis. The good news is that he is not showing signs of renal failure. blood work: almost everything looked fine except that his usual low white blood cell count is now 7,000. Our vet saw a rise in monocytes (28% post surgery, 6% pre op). There was a slight decrease in albumin and a slight increase in globulins but these were still in the ok range. Our vet is very concerned that Jimmy has histomycosis or blastomycosis based on the yet unexplained fever. Urine will be sent to test for these as we had one hound two years ago die from blasto and one other hound treated for blasto as well. We came home today with baytril to try to knock out whatever is causing the change in Jimmy's urine/kidney funtion. He will continue pepcid, tramadol (50 mg twice daily) and propectalin. The frustrating part of this is except for the boots being present in Jimmy's stomach, every tissue sample, blood work, radiograph, abdominal exploratory etc from the surgical procedure found that Jimmy was really in good shape. Our vet is really unsure right now as to what the problem is. Any thoughts or ideas (and positive prayers) would be greatly appreciated. We really would like to see our spunky senior return to his lively, love to eat anything, self. Edited February 5, 2012 by lovinggreysslp Quote Cosmo (Fuzz Face Cosmos), Holmes (He's a Dream), Boomer (USS Baby Boomer), Ella and missing our angels Clay (Red Clay), Train (Nite Train), Trip (Bock's Teddy Bear),Larry (Bohemian Frigid) and Jimmy (Bohemian Raw) Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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