09-12-2016, 03:09 PM
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Yes, they have sent fecal samples to a lab, however, I don't think they pushed to find out what the larvae / cocoon the vet seen earlier this year was.
The problems are compounded and they take too long to find out all of this stuff as far as I am concerned.
But I am working to find out;
1. What that larvae / cocoon was and if its still there. Vet thought it may have been contaminated dry food but unlikely as she was on RC dry veg at the time and they kill all organisms by how they package their dry food. Unless the bag had a hole but that was tested and there was no leaks in the bag.
2. Clearing up a GI bleed. Could be stomach, small intestine, and possibly large intestine. Some of the blood was dry flecks but some was wet sticky flecks. The lab said there was a significant amount of blood. No kidding, why I took her in a few weeks ago to begin with.
3. Finding the root causes of the GI bleeds. One could be her steroid usage but its at a acceptable level for the past 3 months. Her Mycophenolate was contributing to her GI bleed and that has been discontinued. She could have a diseased GI tract. And its possible she could have whipworms but the vet tested and found no eggs but I don't think they can call that 100% with one Antech test. Because of her lupus and hypersensitivity, we have to be careful treating for things unless we have good evidence.
4. And finally if we can get her GI tract back in better shape. Using Sucralfate slurry and Tagamet treatments. We then may be able to try to work on a diet change. And thats if she does not have a lupus flare in the meantime since we had to discontinue the Mycoph.
Its a lot for this little 14 pound dog to deal with, that's for sure. Her lupus really bites!
Has anyone had a dog with whipworms? I know all of the signs and symptoms but it would be good to hear from someone experiencing that first hand.