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    DefaultReally concerning drop in health.

    New to the forum, but you guys seem like a knowledgeable bunch of lab lovers.

    I am the owner of a 5 year old female black lab "Raven", who is usually just fully of life. Recently, being 2 days ago she just stopped eating, nothing would entice her, including fresh carrots. She also just seemed totally out of energy, no will to do anything but lay in a cool spot. Initially I didn't think much of it because she was drinking loads of water and doing her business regularly.

    It wasn't until tomorrow morning did some alarming signs show. I noticed the whites of her eyes had turned yellow and she was slobbering a lot more that usual. She seemed fine for the rest of the day, but my father took her to the vets anyways. After a basic visit, the vet didn't find much other than she had 102degree fever. With that he prescribed a basic "specicef 200mg" tablet, an anti-biotic and left it at that.

    I did a little searching online and came about some other signs to look for. After some additional inspection of her, she has a very heavy of yellow on her skin, eyes, tongue, ears and urine.

    Today things have gotten worse, she has absolutely no energy, she is moaning a lot, and not eating. What's most frightening is that she is shaking like she's cold, but not.

    I will be taking her directly to the animal hospital first thing in the morning, something isn't right.

    All signs point to Leptospirosis, symptoms and all. Do you all think this is a correct assumption? Have any of you experienced this? Next course of action?

    Thanks,
    JB

    P.S. I will update as things develop.
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    Good thoughts coming.

    I hope by now you have managed to get into the vet and all is ok.
    I am not sure anyone here will tell you what it could be because we are not vets and vets have to see your dog to give a correct diagnoses.
    Most of us will share basic stuff, but when it gets to high temps, dogs not eating or doing things you mention I think everyone would say see the vet as soon as you can.

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    It sounds to me like liver failure. I would be at the e-vets right now!
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    Back from the Vet yet? Hope this is figured out and a remedy is available.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBrownDog View Post
    It sounds to me like liver failure. I would be at the e-vets right now!
    I agree and hope the vet did blood work. Sending good thoughts your way.
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    Ok, father came back from the vets this afternoon and no real diagnosis. They did the urine saline test, nothing there and a few other things. But overall without spending a boat load, they had a general idea it was a bacterial infection. So they gave her a longer lasting, stronger anti-biotic, on top of what she is taking already.

    I came back from work to find my laundry room full of up-chuck and orange urine. She was shooken up, but glad to see me. Over all since then her attitude has brightened up and she's taken a little bit of food plus 40oz of water in 2 hours. I'll be taking her back to the vets to get an additional shot of anti-bios later this week.

    Thanks for the support guys...I'll still keep you all updated.

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    No blood work???!!!

    SMH.

    That is a really significant amount of water in a short time.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BigBrownDog View Post
    No blood work???!!!

    SMH.

    That is a really significant amount of water in a short time.
    I have to agree. If the vet you are using does not do blood work I would be looking for a different vet immediately. That is a huge amount of water among the other symptoms.
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    Do you know why your vet did not do any blood work? The symptoms you describe sounds like liver/kidney/high bilirubin problems. I hope she improves, but I think I would have to get a second opinion & some blood work. From your description it sounds like your dog is jaundice & needs medical attention.

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    Yeah I thought the same...it was my father that took her in yesterday. But, he was saying they told him the meds "should" pretty much cover everything. I'd like to see blood work too, but I am also not made of $$. I'll be watching her closely today , with any degration of her health I'll take her back in.

    So far no puke or explosive urine like yesterday. She drank like she usually does, and ate a couple spoonfuls of soft food. Tomorrow she is scheduled to be looked at again, plus another shot of antibiotics.

    Thanks guys!

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