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Old 04-07-2016, 08:08 PM
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many vets later, my dog still feels ill :(

Hi guys,

I know you guys are not vets, but any knowledge, hunch or experience will help me at this point.
Basically, it all started about 2-3 years ago. My dog Coco (neutered, then 7, lhasa mix) started to salivate excessively when left alone. We assumed it was just anxiety.
Then one day we found him in a pool of blood, after he had licked his penis for a while. It had come from there, it was swollen thick. We thought he had bitten himself or something. We rushed him to the vet, and they found NOTHING wrong. Aside from the bleeding he was "fine", the swelling subsided.
Between then and now, it has happened a few times more, but has since stopped salivating excessively.
We have taken him to two more vets to check this problem out, because bleeding from genitals is not normal...they have run urine tests, blood tests, prostate exam, physicals, feces exam...they checked some lumps he has grown, but they said it was just fatty tissue....you name it....other than a few crystals in his urine...they cannot find anything wrong with him! They just prescribe him antidepressants! They say he is just anxious/depressed.
My baby, now 9, is getting worse...we keep him from licking himself with an E-collar, but now licks the floor, and he isolates himself at least once a day for a while. He won't eat, drink, pants, and he is gets desperate to either be alone outside or the garage, away from us. He is lethargic and shivers. I can tell something hurts him! Everyday this happens.
Then he goes back to normal and eats.
He doesnt even chew his rawhide anymore (he loves it, but does not chew it like before)

We are taking him to another vet next week, but I am really at a loss....what else can I request for them to test? Any experiences? What could it be? I'm desperate.
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Prostate comes to mind. I assume all the blood tests and such are done? Do you have copies of all vet records? If not, you should.

We chased around from vet to vet for over 3 years til we finally found one that cares, our poor pup suffered something aweful in that time. Most of what we got was "here's my opinion, pay me", and here's some pills. This new vet is very willing to sit and discuss - and listen, wow, what a concept. She practices both eastern and western medicine, very open minded.

I found out the best way to vet out a vet is ask them about raw feeding, if they recoil at the idea and start talking about kibble, I'm out the door.
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Prostate comes to mind. I assume all the blood tests and such are done? Do you have copies of all vet records? If not, you should.

We chased around from vet to vet for over 3 years til we finally found one that cares, our poor pup suffered something aweful in that time. Most of what we got was "here's my opinion, pay me", and here's some pills. This new vet is very willing to sit and discuss - and listen, wow, what a concept. She practices both eastern and western medicine, very open minded.

I found out the best way to vet out a vet is ask them about raw feeding, if they recoil at the idea and start talking about kibble, I'm out the door.
Thank you for your answer! I have everything, just not his xray.

Competent vets recommend raw feeding instead of kibble you say?
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It's not so much about competent, it's about being open minded, it's a very fast way to tell if they have blinders on.

This current vet is wonderful, but very very busy as you can imagine, she supports all feedings and is knowledgable. If we ever do have to switch again, it's because she may not have time when we really need it. If we have to look for a new vet, raw feeding is my first question.

But, blood test for example will be different between a raw fed dog and a kibble fed - if the vet only supports kibble, then I wouldn't trust them to read my raw fed dogs blood panel for example. Learned that one the hard way.
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Traditional vets normally push kibble(and crappy brands at that) and pills. If you have a natural/holistic/homeopathic vet I'd give them a try. I switched from a normal vet to a holistic vet, they do all types of medicine. They are very open minded and listen. They try to stay with alternative medicine but will use traditional too if that is what is needed. These types of vets normally promote raw feeding and minimal vax and medications. The want to find the problem, not just slap a bandaid on it.

I hope you can find a vet that can give you some answers.
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