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    Dog injured at kennel

    Well, it happened. Got the call from the kennel that my dog (8yr Rotti) was taken to the vet because her eye was swollen and crusted shut. The vet found blood in the eye so since the past week she has been on pain meds and antibiotics. The kennel thinks she and another dog might have played too hard, or that she accidently hi a wall or something when running. After a visit with the vet last night it seems her eye is MUCH better but she has dropped from 80 to 65lbs in one month. Now it seems after the incident she will not eat her food but LOVES treats.

    I assumed the hard food bothered her so bought her soft can food. She gulped it down a few days ago but yesterday and today she will not eat. Does drink water though. And loves treats and greenies. In fact the vet gave her a few treats by hand and she gulped them down. Whats going on? Can it be she is spoiled and just wants treats or the food she was on just isn't good enough. We haven't changed her diet in 8 yrs so no clue.

    She did have a complete CBC and liver/kidney check and everything is normal. Temperature, eyes all ok as well. Is she just stubborn? I know the antibiotics cause havoc on her appetite but we reduced the antibiotic treatment we were giving her so again, no idea whats up.

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    She's spoiled, put the food down and she will eat when she get hungry, they will not starve themselves. If she's eating treats there is nothing wrong with her stomach, she just wants treats instead of food. Give her the regular food, put it down for say 20 minutes if she doesn't eat it pick it up and don't give her anything else, offer her the food every couple of hours, if she doesn't eat pick it up again until the next time. She is holding out for something she wants, if you give in to her she will continue to do it.

    By the way if she is on an anti biotic you should be giving her a pro biotic. The anti biotic will kill the good bacteria in her intestines that she needs to stay healthy, you should replace it with a probiotic. Actually you should be giving her a pro biotic daily anyway. Even when she's off the anti biotic you should continue to give it to her.
    he is your friend and protector, he will love you unconditionally, you owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion

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    Hi Linda, yea per the vet she will continue the antibiotic drops till Saturday. But I love your idea of probiotics. I know they have them for adults but not pets. What do you recommend? We are fairly close to a PetCo or PetSmart. I think that's a great idea.
    Yea, after my post I came home from work and she chowed another greenie and even a heart worm treat. Like I said, all tests and results came back very good and she has had two checkups in les than a week so I think you are right, she is spoiled and milking me for what I'm worth. Stinker!

    Thank you!!

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    I use the forte flora probiotics. There is also RX probiotics, that is a powder you mix with the food. There are many kinds out there and I would think they are all pretty much the same. I use the pill form but if its easier you can do the powder.

    I also give a fish oil pill, a cosequin and a vitamin daily. My girl is really good I just say "time to take your pills" and she sits and opens her mouth.

    Greenies are not the best thing for her, I would not be giving her those. If you'd like pm me and I can tell you how I make dog treats.
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    Greenies and rawhides CAN be bad for dogs. Removing large pieces from a blocked intestine is not uncommon since dogs don't always chew sufficiently. In some cases it can be fatal. Additionally, abdominal surgery can be very risky and there are no guarantees of a full recovery. Always supervise your dogs if giving these treats. Better safe than sorry.
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    I agree with Linda about giving a probiotic, but it's better to wait until the dog is completely finished taking any antibiotics. Then you can replenish the intestinal flora that was destroyed with the antibiotics. Another option is Dinovite, which has probiotics and other beneficial nutrients, but that's only available online. Just a plain unsweetened greek yogurt like Dannon, Chobani or Fage can be mixed with her food. I buy the larger sizes, as I eat it myself and I have plenty if I want to give any to my dog or cat.

    It does sound like she may be spoiled by only accepting the treats. Also agree that Greenies are not good for dogs, many cases of intestinal blockage with those. I hope your girl continues to feel better, glad that she's drinking water, that's so important too.

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    Hi all, Linda and Alpha - thank you for writing me back. Things over the weekend took a turn for the worse so I, for the 3rd time in 2 weeks, took her to the vet. My dog has Malignant lymphoma. They found a mass near her bladder in addition to more blood in her left eye socket. Right now we went from your ideas above to keeping her comfortable through pain meds and anti-diarrhea meds.

    I will still go forward making those treats you mentioned. If her time is limited I want her to have the highest quality of time we can provide.

    Thank you! Terry

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    Sorry to hear that Terry, you're an angel for making the time she has as good as possible. It's difficult when the test comes back good, and something is very wrong. Thank you for the update.

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    I am very sorry to hear that, hits home with me as I had to have my beloved bengal put down on friday due to a cancerous tumor in his chest. And I lost one of my shepherds to lymphoma three years ago. I know what you are saying and I know what you are going through. Did the vet aspirate the mass? Did they give her anti biotics in case its just an infection, did they put her on pred to slow down the growth? Cancer is a battle you can't win but be sure you are dealing with cancer and not something else before you make any decisions. Just saying.
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    Thanks all! Yes she is on Predisone as I believe she called it a pre to chemo treatment. She is also on Tramadol for the pain and Metronidazole for the diarrhrea. The did nothing right now, supposedly both the vet and a male vet felt a large mass when they were checking her for worms from a stool sample. They also had me feel her belly area where I felt a golfball lump which was supposedly her lymph nodes.

    We could see a speacialist for ultrasounds, biopsy, and treatments options but I just cant afford the $2000 - $4000. I hope you don't think bad of me for that. I just pray they are wrong and the meds heal her but I also need to be ready for the enviable. Right now, as I said my goal is to make her comfortable, no pain and spend as much time as my family can.

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    I don't think badly of you, as I said before cancer is a battle you can't win. My daughter spent 15000$ on chemo and every treatment know to man for lymphoma on one of her bulldogs and the dog died six weeks later. I choose not to wait, bring them home, keep them comfortable and when they show any signs of pain its time to let them go. I could have brought my bengal home, vet said he may live two weeks, he was having a hard time to breathe, he had to open his mouth to catch his breath. Much as it broke my heart I had him put down the same afternoon. He's only been gone since friday and the pain is very fresh. The price of love is grief. And we keep doing it over and over again. We must be brain dead to keep putting ourselves through this time after time.
    he is your friend and protector, he will love you unconditionally, you owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion

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    How funny you say that because I was just thinking why do we as humans keep getting pets when we know the enviable is lurking. Why do we inflict this upon ourselves because it sure isn’t healthy? Then I look back at the 9 years we had our Rotti, trained her as a Therapy Dog and made many visits to nursing homes, hospice care and even had her signed up to work with abused children in the state of MN. Then I think about the billion smiles she put on faces and how many times she wagged her tail because an elderly patient in a nursing home literally waited patiently for us to make our visit twice a month. I think about the fact how I had a presence proving to people that Rottweiler’s are not bad dogs as she laid her head on a passing elderly mother as her family requested my dog to stay by her. Where is the media there? And just today when my wife began to cry after the news, seeing my rotti get up, walk over to her and stand alongside her. I suppose if that’s being brain dead than I am all for it J

    Thank you again for the words. It is nice to make friends.
    Terry

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    Terry, I had a female dog many years ago (Standard Schnauzer), who was diagnosed with Lymphosarcoma, diffuse large cell type, at the age of 8 years. We also decided against chemotherapy and radiation, as it's very painful for the dog, and it would have only extended her life a few months. She seemed to have difficulty breathing and swallowing also. We kept a close eye on her, and stayed by her side for most of the time. When she completely stopped eating or drinking water, we knew it was time to let her pass on.

    Sending warm thoughts to you and your wife, it's hard to go through these things with our pets...but, I will keep on having pets as long as I'm able to, because they give so much love, and we have a lot to give them in return, it's all worth it.

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    Terri: in the future if you get another god please consider feeding raw. That way you know exactly what your dog is eating. I firmly believe all the chemicals and preservatives put in commercial dog food does them no good. I've had shepherds for over 40 years and have always fed raw and the only one I lost to cancer was a rescue I had taken in that had been probably fed junk food, when she was fed at all. By the time she came to me it was to late to undo the damage that had already been done to her. I could be wrong and food has nothing to do with anything but feeding raw can't hurt, if done right. I also don't spay and neuter before a year old, I don't use pesticides on them, like frontline for fleas and tics, I use a tic click, (small disk that goes on the collar to keep fleas and tics off them) Maybe none of my precautions don't mean anything but to me its worth a shot.

    I hope your dog gets well and its just an infection that made the lympnodes go up. Hoping for a speedy recovery for her and if its not to be an easy passing for her and your family.
    he is your friend and protector, he will love you unconditionally, you owe it to him to be worthy of such devotion

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    Thank you all :-) Will indeed keep you all updated as time goes. Best wishes to you all!!!

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