BauersMom Posted February 23, 2012 Share Posted February 23, 2012 (edited) If anyone has any suggestions on what to look at next, I'm all ears. Here's the story of the last two weeks - Tex was hauled up from Florida a few weeks ago, so I don't have a ton of history on him. By all accounts, he came up looking and acting fine. He has a recurring fever, between 103-104 usually. But it's not a constant fever - it's periodically came out at a normal temp. But when he heats up, he's HOT - I can feel how hot he is. He had a bad bout of diarrhea for a week or so. It's better now, but not perfect. Fecal was negative. He's lost a lot of weight, like 8-10lbs. I am feeding him a ton of food (raw and kibble) and he hasn't gained a thing. He acts like an old dog (he's four this year). Getting up and getting down are clearly painful for him. He will limp on various legs, and shifts his weight frequently when standing. The vet called it a 'polyarthritis' type presentation. He had pyoderma. For meds, he was put on cephalexin for the pyoderma and flagyl for the diarrhea. Those helped. When the fever came back (while still on the ATBs) and the limping got more pronounced, they assumed it might be tick related, so we started him on doxy. His full tick panel has since come back totally clean. We're keeping him on the doxy still. Because he's clearly in pain of some sort, last night the vet gave him a shot of an anti-inflammatory. Definitely saw improvement in his desire to get up and walk around - he was still gimpy and stiff, but more spunky. We're putting him on deramaxx now to help with that. With the fever, the vet is narrowing it down to some sort of infection. Because of that we've sent out for a full fungal panel as the next step. Bloodwork is unremarkable except for an elevated ALT (220 u/L, I think, I don't have it in front of me). Annnd on top of all that, the poor dog has a bad case of happy tail. Any thoughts? Ideas?? Edited February 23, 2012 by BauersMom Quote With Buster Bloof (UCME Razorback 89B-51359) and Gingersnap Ginny (92D-59450). Missing Pepper, Berkeley, Ivy, Princess and Bauer at the bridge. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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