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Old 05-29-2016, 05:16 PM
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I'm a little nervous about Brody's appointment since I'm also doing a urinalysis and possibly bloodwork to check up on his lyme status. It has been 6-ish months since he tested positive for lyme exposure and had a round of antibiotics. he's never shown any symptoms but if he has protein in his urine it could be a sign of kidney problems.

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I'm a little nervous about Brody's appointment since I'm also doing a urinalysis and possibly bloodwork to check up on his lyme status. It has been 6-ish months since he tested positive for lyme exposure and had a round of antibiotics. he's never shown any symptoms but if he has protein in his urine it could be a sign of kidney problems.

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Hopefully you'll get some good news from the vet.

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Hopefully you'll get some good news from the vet.

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Hopefully! I'll update later after the appointment.

Funny note: I was collecting his urine this morning in a little jar I bought from Walmart last night. It was only until this morning that I read the jar and it reads "Golden Harvest"
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Well. There is no protein in his urine (yay), however the urinalysis shows a low specific gravity which the vet said could mean Addison's or cushings. Basically, he is losing too much water in the urine. The vet sent out bloodwork and will call with results in the morning. Not sure what to think right now, what this means for my dog, etc.

I guess I'll get more answers tomorrow
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Hope you either photographed the worms on your phone, or saved them, or there may never be a diagnosis. Did you see the worms in the stool RIGHT AFTER your dog pooped, or later? Because the worms you are describing are not worms at all, but fly maggots, commonly found in dog stool as little as 12 hours after pooping. There are no short, 'round worms' in dogs that are not thin as a hair (hook worms are fairly short-though much longer than a tapeworm segment- but really skinny and wiggly; round worms are long, usually curled in a circle and look like white earth worms; tape worms are segmented and flat, though most people only see the individual segments which are about the length of a piece of rice but distinctly flattened, and die soon after they come out, eventually drying into a light tan color, the shape of a sesame seed, only a bit flatter; whip worms are also very skinny though can't say as I recall exactly what they are like as they are very rare here in California). WE often get clients complaining of their dog's having stools full of worms, but when they bring in a sample it's full of maggots, not worms. Having a stool with tapeworms in it, however, is often a random occurrence, even in dogs with a lot of tapeworms inside. Dogs can have have tapeworms that only shed segments so intermittently that owners only glimpse them once every 3-12 months. So the worms not being there every other time you check does not mean they are gone. But it also fits the maggot scenario, as flies may only lay their eggs in a stool every now and then.
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I'm getting the fecal results today but I couldn't see any worms in there. We just started on Heartgard so that should take care of whatever it was. The worms I did see was immediately after he pooped. We were on a walk and I always clean up after my dog. Maybe they were in the grass where he pooped, I really don't know!

If I ever think I see worms again I will just save that specific sample. I wasn't thinking, it had been such a long day.
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Just updating that Brodys blood work came back normal, great in fact! So no kidney damage or disease, but still a small concern about the dilute urine. Could have been a fluke result so we're gonna try another urinalysis soon. But I'm so relieved he's a healthy beagle.
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Just updating that Brodys blood work came back normal, great in fact! So no kidney damage or disease, but still a small concern about the dilute urine. Could have been a fluke result so we're gonna try another urinalysis soon. But I'm so relieved he's a healthy beagle.

That's great! I'm so happy y'all got good news Now tell him to quit scaring you like that LOL.
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That's great! I'm so happy y'all got good news Now tell him to quit scaring you like that LOL.
LOL The vet was supposed to call in the AM with the results, and didn't call until 5pm! I was in a worried frenzy all day

I know she said his kidneys and everything are fine, but before she called I was researching renal and urinary supplements that have gotten great reviews on Amazon, I'm wondering if I should buy something like that just for good measure
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