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Old 03-24-2017, 06:30 PM
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Unhappy Systemic Lupus in my adopted Pit Mix?

Hello all

This is my first post to a forum so bare with me! The purpose of my post is to see if anyone has experienced anything similar or has any advice. I've included a quick history of his known health history.

We adopted Smokey (Ol' Smokey Joe, to be exact) from a local humane society in November. He's is a Pit mix of some sort, sweetest dog I have ever met. He's roughly three years old.

Fast forward a month and he started exhibiting extreme lethargy and then pain (characterized by him being extremely crabby). The top of his snout began drying out considerably and his nose started to crack even when using coconut oil or petroleum jelly on it. Diarrhea daily. A balding spot on his tail. He had sores in his ears that were VERY slow to heal. He also started having (only way I know to describe it) edema on his right side, but not crossing his midsaggital line. His appetite and thirst were unchanged.

We brought him to the vet and they did a complete blood panel, and some sort of complete tick panel. The only count off was his WBC, being a bit elevated. They attempted to pull fluid from his "Saggy side" but was unsuccessful. They sent us home with Doxycycline.

His edema eventually went away after three months. His crabbiness subsided and he was a bit more energized. His nose and snout healed. His fur returned to normal.

A few weeks ago we noticed the balding on his forehead again, along with his tail beginning to bald. His nose is becoming dried and his snout is again becoming rough. He's had bloody stools intermittently since his first episode but now they've been going on for a week without any "regular" stools in between. The last few days their have been multiple piles of blood per day. Today when I got home the piles were no longer just red but black/extremely dark red.

He seems full of energy (once you convince him to get up) He's slow moving from a laying postition to being up on all fours. He gobbles all of his food up and we haven't noticed a change in his thirst or urination. No vomiting.

The vet thinks it may be Systemic Lupus. Waiting on a call back from her to see what we can do this time. I don't have another grand to put towards my pup, so I'm hoping you have some suggestions that may help.

Part of me feels like he was surrendered to the Humane Society because of his health issues.. He is such a sweet guy.

Thank you SO much for your time.
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Old 03-25-2017, 01:17 AM
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true SLE (systemic lupus erythematosis) is a pretty rare disease and no way to diagnose it from what symptoms you are listing and a 'normal' blood count. To me, most of your puppy's symptoms could also easily be a food allergy, Leishmania and probably a half dozen other diseases. Most dogs with lupus have responsive anemia, swollen joints and enlarged nodes... but of course not every dog gets the classic illness. Gastrointestinal symptoms are less common, and so many things cause bloody diarrhea that ruling them out could take a lot of testing to rule all out (most respond to bland diets, antidiarrheal antibiotics, high fiber etc.). Need to see a specialist or have an immune blood panel done to better diagnose SLE. Don't give up yet.
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