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This will be very hard to keep short, so I apologize in advance. I want you all to know that what I am about to type is in no way stretching the truth, or being dramatic. My miniature Dachshund, Reeses, is 10 years old. She is a very small mini, always weighed about 10 to 10.5 lbs. Over the last 5 months, she has changed. She is now 6lbs, very boney. I always keep up on bringing her to vets, so I will tell you what they say. Her blood work came back and I was told that one of her kidney levels came back a SMIDGEN higher. Basically meaning that she is several years away from kidney disease/kidney failure. Now, let me tell you about Reeses! She has a love for water like no other! She is ALWAYS looking for water, getting into trouble while doing it! It's all she cares about! She takes Phenobarbital for seizures, which makes her water intake need even more. BUT, these last 5 months, it has gotten out of control. Being that she is so small, we limit her water intake as it is, because it goes right through her. We let her out a lot. Her life and mine, has come to this.... she is crated or tied up in the dining room, she is peeing and pooping in her crate at all times (always peed in her crate, but now it's constant and adding poop), barely pees/poops outside because she is too distracted with finding water (she gets taken out on a leash). No matter what, I am cleaning up poop every morning and cleaning her (her crate is now lined with pee pads instead of comfy blankets like she used to have).... she apparently breaks up all the poop because it's in pieces when I get there in morning. She now has an eye infection, most likely due to bacteria from the poop. I can't stress enough that my family and I are constantly looking after her and cleaning her (her paws, nose, body) and cleaning up after her. I don't know what to do. I am at my wits end. I have spent a couple thousand dollars in these 5+ months and can't continue to spend that. Is this going to be her life now? General things about Reeses: She has always been crated when we are not home or at night. She loves her crate, prior to us tying her up, when it was late, she would come to one of us and stare us down until we got up and she'd run right into her "bed" when she was tired. She always played with her toys/bones (stopped months ago). Before we stopped allowing her in the house, she never settled down - would run back and forth, restless like...so we never relaxed at night because we felt like she was going to pee or poop. That's why we have tried these last two weeks keeping her tied up in the dining room. I don't want her life, or my family's, to be this way for years to come. Reeses deserves more! Any suggestions on what you would do, would be greatly appreciated.
 

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My guess, only a guess, is she has some as yet undiagnosed medical issues. IMO its time to take her to a specialist. Talk to your Vet about a referral, if he or she does not do that for you, if it were me, I would start by taking her to an Internist. You cant treat or deal with a problem or issues until you can identify it.
 

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That water intake, paired with loss of weight, makes me wonder if she has diabetes. I'd at least ask to have her tested for that.

If it comes down to management what I'd do is put her in an exercise pen. Line half of it with her potty pads and set the other half up as her bedding area. Hopefully that will help her stop getting so filthy and keep her from laying in her own waste. You use some eye hooks and clasp to fasten the pen to the studs in the wall to keep her from being able to slide it about. The pens come in various heights and can be folded so that the floor area is as big as you need it. https://www.chewy.com/midwest-exercise-pen-step-thru-door/dp/45381
 

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Thank you very much for your all your replies. She doesn't have diabetes, we thought that was a possibility too but the blood work came back with her and didn't show that. Only the kidney value being a little higher. Now she has eye problems. Took her back to the vet and apparently it's dry eye. She now needs meds in her eyes for the rest of her life. and she lost more weight. she's now 6.1lbs. Last night she peed on the dining room floor and then proceeded to drink it. This morning she's sitting in all her poop. I don't know how long I can go like this. I feel horrible....but when I think years of this daily, i don't know what to do. I wish I could get her healthy to stop this, but I also have already spent thousands of dollars and more tests will only cost more. It's so sad.
 

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Not good for her either, I imagine those symptoms could be quite distressing.

In your situation I'd be having a conversation with my vet without her there and asking explicitly what the realistic options are from here.
 

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Terribly sorry to hear about little Reese's medical issues. Must be very hard for you and your doggie.

Has your vet checked Reeses specifically for Cushing's Syndrome? I studied about this in the past and when I read your post today, it made me wonder.

Most dogs it seems with Cushing's gain weight, but some can lose weight and become emaciated because the dog can't absorb the food's nutrients. Even if it is constantly eating. Also the always looking for water and excessive peeing. And pooping alot.

And also the constant moving about, as if they can't settle down is symptomatic of Cushing's.

There is some really good info on this link:

https://www.dogbreedinfo.com/articles/cushingssyndromedogs.htm

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Cushing’s syndrome (CS) is a disorder of the endocrine system, or a hormonal disorder, that causes high levels of cortisol to appear in the blood


Pictured above is Chakka, a Maltese with Cushing's Ssyndrome. He was a rescue dog purchased online that later developed Cushing's. According to the vet, he is not in any pain. Normally a human condition, dogs can get it too. Basically, it causes the dog to not digest or absorb food that is eaten. Although he eats tons, he feels like he is starving all the time. Although Cushing's sometimes causes weight gain, it is causing Chakka to lose weight and he is nothing but skin and bones. It is impossible for him to gain weight. Most of his hair has fallen out, much like a chemotherapy patient, and there are sores all over his body. He is incontinent (will urinate all over), so he has to wear a diaper, which his owner changes all day long. The plaid pants that he has on in this picture are diapers, or rather "plastic pants"/diaper covers. He will eat his own poop or the poop of the other dogs in the house if the poop isn't immediately picked up. He isn't in pain, but is technically starving and not able to satisfy that hunger. He cannot absorb any nutrients. The tongue sticks out of his mouth like that because he has no teeth. Not sure if it was the Cushing's that caused his teeth to rot, but his teeth either fell out or were pulled out by the vet.
 

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Terribly sorry to hear about little Reese's medical issues. Must be very hard for you and your doggie.

Has your vet checked Reeses specifically for Cushing's Syndrome? I studied about this in the past and when I read your post today, it made me wonder.

Most dogs it seems with Cushing's gain weight, but some can lose weight and become emaciated because the dog can't absorb the food's nutrients. Even if it is constantly eating. Also the always looking for water and excessive peeing. And pooping alot.

And also the constant moving about, as if they can't settle down is symptomatic of Cushing's.

There is some really good info on this link:

https://www.dogbreedinfo.com/articles/cushingssyndromedogs.htm

Excerpts from the link:

Cushing’s syndrome (CS) is a disorder of the endocrine system, or a hormonal disorder, that causes high levels of cortisol to appear in the blood


Pictured above is Chakka, a Maltese with Cushing's Ssyndrome. He was a rescue dog purchased online that later developed Cushing's. According to the vet, he is not in any pain. Normally a human condition, dogs can get it too. Basically, it causes the dog to not digest or absorb food that is eaten. Although he eats tons, he feels like he is starving all the time. Although Cushing's sometimes causes weight gain, it is causing Chakka to lose weight and he is nothing but skin and bones. It is impossible for him to gain weight. Most of his hair has fallen out, much like a chemotherapy patient, and there are sores all over his body. He is incontinent (will urinate all over), so he has to wear a diaper, which his owner changes all day long. The plaid pants that he has on in this picture are diapers, or rather "plastic pants"/diaper covers. He will eat his own poop or the poop of the other dogs in the house if the poop isn't immediately picked up. He isn't in pain, but is technically starving and not able to satisfy that hunger. He cannot absorb any nutrients. The tongue sticks out of his mouth like that because he has no teeth. Not sure if it was the Cushing's that caused his teeth to rot, but his teeth either fell out or were pulled out by the vet.

Really interesting, I call total BS on the pain though. Starvation is incredibly distressing and the absorption of muscle and organ tissue would be causing discomfort eventually. I watched my parent's cat go through this and it was horrid, my parents were unable to let go and he really should have been released from that horror 3 months prior to the development of pressure sores that finally drove them to the vet.
 

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There's something called diabetes insipidus that takes different tests, is not very common and causes obsessive thirst. That combined with her other medical issues might be worth looking into.
My ancient horse has Cushing's for the past year now and she literally lost three hundred pounds in two months and went from a five body condition which is ideal to a two which is starvation and only one level above where sudden death can occur. Cushing's causes the immune system to weaken and the coat to be very thick and can fall out but they're very prone to infection and secondary conditions. My horse wasn't in pain from the Cushing's, she was being fed huge meals and refusing to eat them. The pain from her abscesses on her feet was bad.

She improved and was her feisty self and regained all her weight within two months on the prascend (pergolide). She's still going strong today and looks and acts much younger than she really is. So Cushing's is completely treatable. I was ready to euthanize her and there were several days I really thought she was going to die right in front of me. The vet said she was maybe a week away from dying til the medication kicked in.
 

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When you talk about kidney values a little high, I guessed you were talking about creatinine levels in her blood work. What does a urinalysis, show, in regards to her kidneys spilling protein? If her kidneys are spilling too much protein, that would explain her weight loss, and will eventually lead to her actually starving, since would be unable to maintain adequate protein levels in her body. I am not a Vet, but I would have to wonder if her kidney failure is further along than you have been led to believe. I still think you need to get her to a specialist, probably an Internist. You can not possibly know how to cope with this, until you have information as to what exactly it is you have to cope with.
 

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Hi again. I don't have any advice or info for you today, but I just wanted to write you and tell you that I am so sorry that you are having all these medical issues with your baby. I can only imagine how hard that must be for you guys.

Going to the vet can be so stressful (and so expensive!) I had to do that with my soulmate dog Athena who got sick at age 14 and no one could figure it out, and they kept wanting to do more and more super high dollar tests, which would have stressed her even more. I even took her to a "natural" or homeopathic vet to see if they could offer some alternative help or comfort for her. (did not help...but that is another story) The whole ordeal quite honestly was heartbreaking. I just wanted he to be well again. I feel for you in you current situation.

I am sending you and Reeses healing thoughts and prayers. I hope you guys figure out what is ailing her and can help her to feel better soon.

Please know we care and keep us updated. I know it is hard, but we are rooting for Reeses!!
 

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Thank you all for your continued replies. I think she may have taken a turn in the right direction. I started giving her more water than we already do.... now she did have two accidents in the house ( a lot of pee both times), but for the most part, she was going outside. I have let her free in the laundry room, closing the door, leaving her cushion bed in there/crate open and lots of pee pads down....she went on the pee pads, but nicely kept herself clean, which was nice on my part!! So, i am going to continue that. I read about Cushions, that does sound like her. The problem with taking the advice with taking her to a specialist is money. I've spoken with my vet in great detail - and she said unless we are going to do extensive testing, we won't know. I was just curious for more opinions on this site....Thank you again!
 

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The testing for Cushing's is done and treated by my regular vet for my horse. Not a specialist. The testing for diabetes insipidus which causes excessive drinking is different from regular diabetes testing, but I think can also be done by a regular vet as well.
The only treatment for Cushing's is a medication, and removing all sugars from their diet. They also get tested to see if their systems can handle sugar or not. It's a disease of the metabolism and much more common with age. Symptoms can be atypical and very dramatic like with my old horse.
But it's a progressive and fatal diseases without the treatment and the test isn't that expensive, especially compared to how much you've already spent.
 
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