Vet techs, I need your opinion/advice!

Discussion in 'Other Pets & Livestock' started by Robin'sBrood, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    I have a dog - half poodle, half pug - who will be 7 years old on September 17. This dog means the world to me. Over the past 6 months I have watched this dog gain over 15 pounds, lose his zest for life, and go blind. A month ago, after he started walking with a slow, strange gait and started walking into walls, my vet ran a whole battery of blood tests on him. She said his symptoms sounded like a thyroid condition to her but she was a little confused about his eyesight. His pupils constricted very slowly and at different times when she would shine a light in them. After his test results came back, she called and said his thyroid levels were bottomed out on the low side. The only other abnormality he had was a slight elevation of his WBCs but she wasn't concerned by it. She put him on 0.6mg of Soloxine daily, 1/2 in the a.m and 1/2 in the p.m.

    Today was his recheck. He has actually gained weight, even though I feed him exactly the amount he is suppose to eat and he gets no table scraps. (I do have to watch him to make sure he doesn't eat any food my other dogs leave behind.) His pupils were reacting better today but I can see no difference whatsoever in his vision. If anything, he seems worse and is acting completely blind. My vet drew his blood again to check his thyroid levels and see if she needs to change his medicine dosage. She seems stumped by his condition and she and another vet discussed the fact that his cholesterol level was normal while his thyroid levels were bottomed out. They said that normally when a dog has hypothyroidism, their cholesterol levels are high.

    My vet has mentioned several times now that it could be something as serious as a brain tumor causing my dog's symptoms. She mentioned it again today, after talking about his thyroid & cholesterol levels. Have you all ever seen this happen in dogs? Thyroid out of whack, blindness, medicine not working? He isn't having seizures or anything, but he isn't the same dog he was just 6 months ago. He seems to have aged tremendously and lies around and sleeps 95% of the time. Sometimes he growls at my kids when they pet him, which is TOTALLY uncharacteristic of him. When he is awake, he is either searching for food and bumping into everything or panting like it is 1000 degrees in the house. Do you think my vet really suspects a tumor but doesn't want to break my heart by telling me this just yet? Do you think his eyesight will come back? I mentioned SARDS and both vets didn't seem think this is the case with him. I'm so sad and confused right now, I hate seeing my sweet boy suffering like this. Should I get a second opinion?

    This is my dog on 12/17/07, less than 7 months ago, when he was still acting "normal"
  2. Queen Scoot

    Queen Scoot Crochet Chieftess

    May 27, 2008
    yes IMO get a second opinon please! then go from there. best wishes to you and your lovely dog!
  3. jjthink

    jjthink Crowing

    Jan 17, 2007
    New Jersey
    Without question, the second opinion. Try to find a super reputable holistic veterinarian (they have all the regular training and then some). If there are none in your area some will do phone consults. PM me if you have no luck and I'll give you the info for one in my neck of the woods (they definitely do phone consults but not sure if it's just for existing patients).
    Hoping you can find answers for your furry friend.
  4. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    I forgot to mention that he has also, in just the past couple of weeks, developed a nasty ear infection in his left ear, something that is not normal for him either. He was not acting like there was anything wrong with his ear, I noticed that my Pom kept licking the inside of his ear and when I looked in it, it was all nasty inside. I heard the vet tech tell my vet that it was yeast & cocci. He was prescribed Otomax, 8 drops twice a day for 10 days. Just what he needs on top of everything else that is going on with him. Poor Wolfgang. [​IMG]
  5. Renegade

    Renegade Songster

    Oct 8, 2007
    Griffin, GA
    What food is he eating? Ear infections can be an indication of a problem with his diet.
    As far as his other problems if he were my dog I would find your nearest veterinary school and take him there. They have many more veterinarians and specialists then any regular practice would. They also sometimes have research grants or programs that will occasionally pay for tests that you would never be able to afford. Don't be shy. If they don't offer then ask. Also keep in mind that getting thyroid medication adjusted to each individual animal can sometimes take time.

  6. Robin'sBrood

    Robin'sBrood Flock Mistress

    May 8, 2008
    North Carolina
    He eats Nutro Natural Choice Senior Rice & Lamb and/or Natural Choice Senior Small Bites (which is chicken protein) mixed with a couple of teaspoons of Nutro Natural Choice Lamb canned food. He's been on Nutro for years and has never had a problem with his ears before. I switched him to Nutro after he started chewing his paws nearly off and once he got off a food with ground yellow corn in it the paw chewing cleared up, so ??

    We live close to the NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine. I guess I'll go ahead and give them a call and see what they recommend doing after I hear the results of his 2nd thyroid test and what my vet has to say. I really want to know what is behind his vision problems and if it can be reversed, ASAP!
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  7. Wolf-Kim

    Wolf-Kim Songster

    Jan 25, 2008
    Get the second opinion. Especially if you could use NCSU, there are excellent in figuring out the "mysteries". Honestly most vets in the state turn to NCSU when they cannot figure something out themselves. So go straight to the source.

  8. normajean

    normajean Songster

    Apr 14, 2008
    Howell, MI
    Problems and conditions to consider:
    Epilepsy and seizures- seizures in dogs have very odd symptoms and can be hard to differentiate from aging or sickness
    Brain/spinal cord injury or tumor
    Thyroid tumor
    Cardiac and/or pulmonary problems
    Lyme's disease
    Look up on the internet what hereditary diseases pugs and poodles may develop...maybe it is genetic.

    I would definitely take him to an investigative vet school and have a cat scan run along with xrays with additional batteries of blood tests.
    Best of luck for you and your pup.
  9. FarmGirl01

    FarmGirl01 Songster

    Feb 5, 2008
    My little dog had hypothyroidism(sp). She would lay around and acted very old for her age. Her eyesite was fine but she did have bad ear infections. She eventually lost her hearing. I took about 2 months to get the right dosage for her. When we got it right her coat grew in great and her spunk came back. The only thing that worries me is the eyes. I wonder what is making the dog lose its sight?
    My little dog was allergic to corn, beef, wheat, eggs, etc..... All those ingredents are found in most dog foods. I put her on a lamb and rice diet. She did great for her last years. She took her meds everyday.
    Go ahead and ask the vet school. Maybe they can scan the dogs head for tumors. Our two dogs are similar except the eyes. Good luck.
  10. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress

    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    I think it's a good idea to comtact that vet school. I hope you find out what it is.

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