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My eight year old yellow lab, Ginger is very sick. She started about a month and a half ago with a cough and hoarse breathing with activity. I took her to the dr who did Lyme/heartworm test. She was lightly positive for Lyme, had low grade fever, but had lyme a year ago and they said it could be from previous exposure but treated her with doxycycline for symptoms. After a week, she was limping in right leg, and had a fever of 104.5. Took her to a different dr (funds are low and they would not see her unless I had money), they took X-rays and checked organ functions. She has either pneumonia or cancer in one lower lobe (can’t differentiate between the two), and liver test was just a little high. Started her on amoxicillin and cephlexin. That was two weeks ago and she went downhill, limp is worse and has developed hortons inleft eye, although fever is gone. Dr switched amoxicillin for minacycline, still going downhill. Just laying around, avoiding people, limping, vomiting up any food or water she eats/drinks, I’m giving her subcutaneous fluids with B vitamin mixed in and now prednisone ( for the last week) as dr consulted with neurologist and it may be auto immune. Because of finances can’t get more testing until the bill is paid (still owe $350 out of $700). Any ideas?
 

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We are currently dealing with an auto-immune issue, and its neither inexpensive, or quick. We are in week five of high dose steroids to knock her immune system down, and the side effects are not great either. From what I have read, if it is auto-immune, waiting to start treatment really impacts their ability to recover in a very negative way, as damage is progressive and at some point irreversible. If possible, try to figure out a way to borrow what you need, so the neurologist can diagnose and start treatment. I won't even tell you what we have spent so far, it would only depress you, but ours is responding to the meds. What will happen as we take her off them, may be another story.
 

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It sounds like symptoms that are in need of care right now, not something that can wait. Maybe check around to see if there is a vet that will let you make payments? Use a charge card? See if there is a low cost clinic in your area. I hope she gets the help she needs. Good luck, sorry I can't be or more help.
 

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Perhaps you could make a post on Facebook asking for help? That’s what I might try if it came down to it. I’m so sorry you’re going through that, I can’t imagine how scary and I hope your baby recovers soon. You’re in my thoughts!
 

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Monday we had to put Ginger to sleep. She got so much better! Lost the limp, was more energetic, started eating again. But then she started vomiting food and water constantly. I had to let my baby go. She was suffering.
 

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So sorry for your loss. You had to make that decision we all dread ever having to make, for our beloved fur babies, though its what is best for them.
 

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Hi this is horrible but don't worry there are some cheap options that u can try. I know how vets are some of them mean well yes but the cost is just to high especially during times like this when the economy is so bad it puts even well meaning vets in a bad position which they don't want to be in . And some vets love ripping people off. Anyways here is the possible solution to your problems with your dog hope it helps let me know thanks.

For nausea - Apple cider vinegar mixed in water
for nausea - buffk9s hemp product(cost 49.99 for 450mg) this product is great for auto immune problems and nausea plus many more benefits it may also even help the hip issue and can be used long term.

For infection weather its viral parasitic fungal or bacterial - collidial silver and olive leaf extract these 2 are natural antibiotics
dosage just use half the recommend human dosage 2x daily for as long as it takes for infection to go away. this will help pneumonia alot.

Also as a maintenance formula to improve immune system and to protect lean muscle tissue (which goes away during sickness use TRUE CHAMP 2.0 by buffk9 supplements it really works.
 
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