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Old 06-18-2012, 03:34 PM
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Thanks! The vet who saw her today is the one who performed her abscess surgery, so that was the first thing she brought up when she called me. She thinks Honey has healed well, but that when we get the lab results, if nothing shows up, they'll move on to x-ray and/or ultrasound. Does this sound appropriate? I appreciate that they aren't going crazy with tests, because if they can determine the issue with the lab tests, it will save me money on the imaging (it hasn't been the best couple of months for us with all of these vet expenses), but I also want the best for my dog.
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An ultrasound (if they have the capabilities) would be top on my list if nothing shows up to check her abdomen, but x-rays would be best for the leg...
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Thanks - I am not sure they have the capabilities for the ultrasound. They're a pretty advanced vet practice, but there is also a major animal hospital not far from me (they are affiliated with my vet's office), so I have that as a resource too.
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I picked her up from the vet. Her temp is down to 103, and the vet says as long as it stays below 104 that I don't need to rush back in before we get the results back. She was super excited to be picked up, but otherwise she still seems more tired than usual. Eating and drinking is still normal. I guess we will wait and see now (I'll post another update when I know more).
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We will await your reports eagerly!
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Her temp was down to 101.7 this morning and her limp seems to be improving, but she's still acting very lethargic. I hope we get those labs back soon!
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Yay on the temp! Answers on the way ...
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That's good news.
Is she on any medications? Did the vet send antibiotics?
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The vet didn't give us antibiotics. Her reasoning was that Honey has been on three courses of antibiotics in just the past 7 months (doxy for kennel cough when I adopted her, doxy again after her spay, and clavamox after her last surgery), so she doesn't want to give antibiotics until we know what's up, since the fever was low enough when I took her home. They want to know what the bloodwork says before they prescribe something. I guess the plus side is that the fever came down without medication. I haven't heard any news from the vet yet today, and I am nervous we'll have to wait until tomorrow to get the results because the tech said it could take 48 hours. They watched her all day yesterday and didn't seem terribly concerned when I picked her up, so I feel like I am a bit of a crazy person, but I know my dog and I know something is not right.

And otherwise the only medications she's on are heartworm/flea/tick preventatives, but she has been on those since I've had her without issue. She also hasn't gotten her June doses, because I give them on 23rd and 25th of every month.

I live really close to the vet (five minutes driving), so when they get the labs back, I will just go in to pick up medication, or I'll bring her back for more testing. Since they know I don't have far to go, I think they're trying to take it one day at a time. Not knowing what's wrong is really hard, though
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Today she has a small wart-like bump on her upper lip (inside mouth). It is pinkish and feels rough to the touch. Could this be related to the fever and lethargy? I am *still* waiting on the labs. I called the vet this morning and told her about the bump. She is going to call me back this afternoon, once the results of the bloodwork hopefully are in.
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