So much going on with him I thought I'd start a new post, Ted came home with a two week course of Cephorum (antibiotic) and his usual daily doses of Metacam (anti-inflammatory) and Tramadol (painkiller). He has reacted very badly too everything and we have had two sleepless nights, he is wheezing and suffering from an upset tummy and diaorhea(sp?).
After speaking to the vet today the priority is getting his immediate tummy problems sorted, she thinks it is to do with the cocktail of drugs so we are stopping every but the Tramadol for 48 hours.
Skin issues - the vet thinks the likely cause is a skin immune defficiency and they can see one of the usual skin friendly bugs that live on a healthy dog without causing problems is attacking him instead. Won't know what triggers all this until we get his bloods/biopsies/skin scrape results next week. (It sounded more plausible when she was explaining it than it looks in black and white)
Elbows - the OCD is worse. He has severe arthritis now in both elbows although left is not as bad. We need to find an alternative to Metacam because although it works it is not effective enough AND he's been on a high daily dose for most of his 2 yrs. At the moment he can't go on steriods due to his skin immunity problems they need to be resolved first, and long term steriod usage is not good and my vet doesn't think is the answer. The other option may be to fuse the joints I get the impression due to his age and severity of his condition my vet is at a bit of a loss. My vet is going to liaise with the ortho vet on Tuesday to see if he has any other possible solutions.
I am frustrated that the quality of his life is going downhill all the time, his right elbow was operated on just over a year ago and the benefit has been so short lived!!!
I also feel guilty at how much distress I've caused him in the past two days in an attempt to get him better :'(
For now I am monitoring him closely, typing this whilst he finally gets a little rest, and go back to the vets next Thursday (hopefully not before!)
Wow! I hope he feels better soon. You are trying your best.I also feel guilty at how much distress I've caused him in the past two days in an attempt to get him better
If you were here in the States or Canada, I'd suggest you take hime to a University vetmed teaching hospital where they have specialists and experts. Are such things available in England?
Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]
Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
Aw, poor Teddy. So sorry to hear about all of his recent troubles.
Not sure where exactly in SW England you are, but I know that there is a university vet school in Bristol. It might be worth a shot as Bob recommended... they know their stuff and here in the US, things tend to be a bit cheaper there versus a regular veterinarian. I think there are others as well, but further away.
I hope that he will feel better soon! Give him some kisses from me and licks from Abbey! :-* :-*
Well wishes and prayers for Teddy. I know that guilty feeling for trying to get him better. We can only do the best we can for them. You're guilty only of loving him.
I can feel your pain Laura. The only thing that Tank can take is Tramadol and Edolac. All others cause diarehea with a week or two. Metacam did the same thing to him along with Rymadyl and Derramax. He is best on Tramadol with weekly then monthly Adaquan shots for his arthritis/OCD.
Is the skin thing from the mite that causes mange (demodex). Tank has that going on. The larvae attack between his toes. The mite is on every heathly dog but he cannot fight them for some reason - probably compromised immune system due to all he has been through with no spleen and all the steroids and antibiotics. The lesions he gets are not pretty but at least they are not life threatening. With many skin scrapings, different topical shampoos and ointments done by A&M dermatology nothing has worked to get rid of this so we just live with it.
Hope you boy does better.
Have you thought about taking over to Michigan State Vet Hospital for a consult?
Sandie, Tank 5/25/1998 - 07/08/2011, Orson & Sully
Thanks for advice.
I live 20 minutes away from Langford Vet School/Hospital in Bristol and the orthopaedic surgeon who deals with Ted is one of the top two in the UK, thankfully my insurance is covering it all at the moment so one thing I don't have to worry about are the costs of it all right now.
Tank, I'm not sure what mite is causing the problems until the labs come back but sounds similar. Thanks for letting me know your current drug regime re the OCD it really does help to know I'm not alone and how others cope.
BTW today is the first morning he's woken up and raced around like a looney for days and it was lovely to see the bumtuck charge as you call it on here!
Errr - that'll be butt tuck ! Glad he felt well enough to though !Originally Posted by Tedsta