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Baby Girl is having a rough time. She is maybe ten -eleven years old. For months she shuttles from the corner by the bed to the corner behind the couch, does not really want attention. She does not want to get up on the bed. When she does she lays perpendicular to me and about 15 minutes is all the longer she stays. She is panting more, and about two weeks ago I notced she has lost hair between her eyes. This morning I figure it has doubled. In the past two months she has had two UTIs. The second was an ecolli infection. The ph of her urine was 9. Vet Rx'd Science Diet WD she would not eat it. Even doctored. Bought Solid Gold acidifier. Baby would not eat it. Not even doctored with chicken stock and olive oil. She would not even eat her normal food without chicken stock on it.

She was back at the vet's for tests Saturday morning. She has droped 6 pounds in three weeks. Her normal weight is about 64-65 pounds. This morning she was 58. Vet said she looked good and could even stand to lose a couple more. Urine sample is going in for additional review. Everything looked great except the density. Color was yellow. Nothing was in the urine that indicated problems. Ph this morning was 6.5. Density was 1010 though low is what it has been for a while. Another full panel blood test was drawn this morning. This is the second one drawn within six months so we have something to compare to.

From what we can tell, she is not tanking water, no puddles in the house, the only hair loss we can find is between her eyes. The muscle mass in her neck appears to be diminished as her collar is looser than what I remember. She has not really run in a very long time. This week she chased ducks out of the yard. She ran like a raccoon, and not very far.

This reminds me a lot of Misty when she had Cushing's. The loss of muscle mass and hair, the panting, the unusual gait while running, and the "I wish to be alone" behavior. We expect the results from the samples back by Wednesday. The vet will then decide what tests are appropriate to discover the underlying causes. We both suspect Cushing's, but it could be something else. The question is what? Do these symptoms sound familiar to anyone?

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Vet Rx'd Science Diet WD she would not eat it. Even doctored. Bought Solid Gold acidifier. Baby would not eat it. Not even doctored with chicken stock and olive oil. She would not even eat her normal food without chicken stock on it.
No experience with anything like yours. I just hope it turns out to be something that's easily treatable. I hate it when they get old. :(

Re the food, have you tried adding peanut butter to it? My GSD is a really picky eater & ATM I've got her on pred for a while. I bury the pill in peanut butter & hide it in the middle of her food. Every time I've done it, she's eaten all her food. Might be worth a try for your girl?
 

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Thanks Garth. I tried several things to get her to eat the Science Diet: I put peanut butter in with it, Olive oil, Italian dressing, chicken stock. No go. A couple of times she took mouthfulls, spit it out on the floor, sniffed and nosed through it and ate the beans that were not contaminated and left the rest to Tina and Jack. I stopped the Science Diet and went back to Diamond Natural for Seniors which is what she has had before. We did have to add chicken stock to it, but she ate it all.

Baby gets three peanut butter on saltine crackers a day as a vehicle for meds. She is on Pronin 3x daily for spay induced inconstinance, and if she gets other meds, the peanutbutter just gets more crunchy. She reminds me if I forget. Actually they all remind me if I forget the peanutbutter cracker.
 

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Good thoughts for precious Baby Girl. I hope it's something easily fixed and she will be back to her old self again really soon.
 

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Prayers and good thoughts for Baby Girl that this is something easily remedied and she's feeling much better very soon.
 

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I'm sorry that Baby Girl is having those 'senior health mysteries'. Been there / done that. :( My first thought was Chushing's too. But like Auggie, the low appetite and not really urinating excessively add to the conundrum.

Auggie was diagnosed with Cushing's and put on an "alternative" treatment - one that did not "cook" her adrenals - that did help with her outward symptoms, heat intolerance, excessive panting, pot bellied appearance, lack of energy and did improve her appetite. Everything is a trade off. :( Having lowered her cortisol level, a very embedded and quiet mast cell tumor was turned loose to be come extremely aggressive and malignant; that mast cell tumor led to Auggie's recent demise. :(

Hoping you and your vet can come up with a protocol that will lead to Baby Girl perking up and again enjoying good quality of the time she has left.

You and Baby Girl will be in my thoughts.....
 

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I don't have a clue Andy. Good thoughts and prayers for all of you as you try to figure this out.
 

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Good thoughts headed your way. I hope whatever is wrong is easily treated!
 

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Deja vu all over again

Oh, golly, Andy! I'm sorry.

For difficult diagnostic and treatment problems like this, I MUCH prefer going to a university's CollVetMed Teaching Hospital where they have the sophisticated diagnostic tests and specialists.

You're now in Virginia, aren't you? In the Norfolk/Portsmouth/Newport area?

If so, the Coll/SchlVetMed THs at NC State, Virginia Tech, and UPenn might all be within driving distance. (UPenn is generally regarded as one of the world's best.)

I've used K-State's Tchng Hospl for 2 dogs totalling over 14 years and have been almost always pleased with their skill and service and, as a side benefit, there's the lower cost than at local vets that makes up for the one hour drive to get there. (Tufts' Cummings SVM TH, while considered world class, I've heard is $$$; however, nothing is more expensive than wrong diagnosis and treatment.)

Below is a link to all CVM/SVMs in the US and Canada. Some allow self-referral, some require referral from a vet. In this case, since a number of tests have already been done, IMO involving your vet in the referral would be good.

http://www.vetmed.ucdavis.edu/vetnet.html

Best wishes for finding out soon what the problem is and getting an adequate treatment. Please keep us informed.

 

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Thanks everybody.
Thanks, Bob for the link.
results from the last tests should be in Tuesday. Will post when I can.

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