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Old 01-29-2019, 12:29 AM
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Hi we have a 2 year old Weimaraner she had a regular day and the suddenly comple 360 she was tired and became sick we thought it was from a dog bone but after xrays and then blood work and $700 we are still clueless. They put her on a antibiotic and antacid then anti inflammatory then appetite stimulant. She is drinking water and the blood work turned out fine. Nothing in the xrays either waiting on a fecal test result. The first time she took a appetite pill she ate that was a couple days ago didnít give her anymore but decided she should take another since she has no appetite. Well she still wonít eat we havenít done anything out of the ordinary with food or schedule today was her last antibiotic. She was her normal playful self until that dog bone. We are puzzled and the vet says everything looks fine she had a fever when she started antibiotics but hasnít had one since. Please any ideas whatís wrong? No vomiting just seems tired with no appetite and no yelping?
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Old 01-29-2019, 07:53 AM
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I assume you are trying different high value foods to see if it's just the food she doesn't want?

If you know she's sick and you're not finding answers I'd try another vet. Has she been to a specialist? If one vet isn't seeing the problem, it's worth checking with another. Preferably a specialist. You could take a copy of all the tests done so far.

My sister's dog had a swollen leg. The vet thought maybe a snake bite or a bite from something else, but no wound site was found. Tests came out normal. Sadly, he died a few weeks later.

My dog stopped eating one day and was lethargic. She had x-rays, blood work, and an ultrasound and fluid was found around her lung. She had somehow had an abscess on her lung (they think from an inhaled foreign body) and had to have part of her lung removed.

Keep trying to get answers if you know something is wrong.

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Old 01-29-2019, 08:48 PM
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Hopefully she is eating now. But if she is showing no/little appetite have you tried feeding her some extra yummy food like boiled chicken breasts? Also you could boil the chicken in a pot of water and then use the broth from that. Warm up the broth and offer it to your dog. See if she will eat the chicken or the nice warm broth that smells really good.

Many times the antibiotics (and other meds) can mess up your stomach and make you not want to eat. Just like with antibiotics and people. Sounds like the vet gave her a heck of a lot of different medicines!!

If she refuses the chicken and soup or other home cooked food, then maybe keep searching for vet answers.

Sending healing wishes to your dog!!

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Old 01-31-2019, 11:32 AM
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Have an ultrasound done. My cat had an intestinal blockage that didn't show up on x rays but showed on an ultrasound. Also fo testing for tickborne diseases like Lyme. Hope your pup feels better quickly!
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I'd also ask about an ultrasound. In November, my 10 month old puppy had a similar story. Normal day. Ate breakfast, went to dog park, she was her normal, always hungry self. Then at bedtime she hesitated to climb the stairs. She looked sluggish and uncomfortable. I thought she just ate too much and had a stomachache. I played it safe though and even felt a little silly taking her to the 24 hour hospital and telling them she was acting "off". Kind of droopy and lethargic. They took it more seriously than I expected and immediately took her back to see the vet. I think they thought it might be bloat.

As with your dog, she had a fever. It was 104.7 (I should have thought to take her temperature). X-rays did show pneumonia, but they didn't show the full story. They did an ultrasound the next day and saw fluid around her lung. Further tests confirmed that she needed surgery because part of her lung was infected and wasn't functioning. She had to have part of her lung removed.

They told me, by elimination of other things that she didn't have, that it had to have been an inhaled foreign body. Something like a foxtail seed can be inhaled and "float" around in her system for months before settling somewhere and causing an infection.

I was worried that my seemingly healthy puppy that I brought to the vet wasn't going to come back home.

Eight days later I did get to bring her home. Because of how unusual and random this was, I'm even more aware than I had been that something that is seemingly not much to be concerned about could potentially be something very serious.

X-rays and blood work are usually the first go-to tests, but they can miss a lot of things.
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