Mystery Illness

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Friday morning started with my usual routine with me and my Zoe running 3 miles.We try to get out at least 5 times a week.We got home and it wa a typical morning around the house.By one o'clock Zoe was limping on her back paw and lifting it up while standing.I wasn't alarmed, thinking pehaps a slight injury during our run.By Friday evening she didn't even want to stand up and was just laying on her bed.Saturday morning (5:00 AM) she wouldn't move and was just shaking.My vet opened at 8:00AM and we were first through the door.By now she was just barely moving like she just ached all over.Fortunately for me my vet for almost 20 years now was working that day.Checked her temp and it was 105 degrees.Her first thought after the exam was lyme disease, which she tested for and came up negative.After more blood tests,urine tests,and x-rays of everything,we still didn't know what was wrong.At least we were able to rule out a lot of things, which was still good.I left her there and they gave her an IV of fluids and antibiotics to get her fever down.I picked her up at 5 PM.Her fever was down some and the antibiotics seemed to give her a little energy and less soreness.By Sunday morning her fever was gone and she had a little more energy.As I write this she is at about 70% of her normal behavior.Unfortunately I guess I'll never know what it was but at least it's getting better.

Anyone's dog had a similar illness? 

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My Akita had something like that... Never really found out what it was! It took him about 5 days to be 100% again-

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Thanks for writing Patriot ( and now I take all that bad stuff I was thinking about Brady back.. )

All the good dobervibes in the world to your sweet girl. I hate it when they can't tell us what's wrong. They're so stoic and brave. Breaks your heart. Let us know

and P.S.

 

Jets and Sanchez Rock!!

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I'm wondering if she got bit by something.  I live in CA, not in terribly cold and snow country (but it does get to freezing at night often), but we have black widows pretty much all year round in these parts. 

Good luck and we're hoping she feels better soon!

Poor thing I hope she is doing better how awful to see her go through that.

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Oh gosh, I hope Zoe is better by now.  I hate when things like that happen.

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Nothing is more frightening than seeing them get sick and not knowing what it was that got them there.  I'm glad that antibiotics and fluids helped her over the hurdle and she's starting to heal.

Happydance.. I'm in CA too.. and I had one puppy I raised whose family had him crated and came home and he had died.  A spider did it.  :(

Hope Zoe keeps getting better and it was just a fluke of something.

Best of good vibes to her.

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Thanks for all the well wishes.She is doing even better today.I wrote because I was curious if any had similar experiences but also because I want to show how important it is NOT to wait before seeking help.

Unfortunately I learned this the hard way with my first Dobe girl Shadowe.She had a small cough and I chose the wait and see approach.Those of us with years of Dobe experience know that these are tough dogs.They have an extremely high threshold of pain and by the time they show it,it can already be pretty intense.After a few days, this small cough got me concerned,but it was already too late.I brought her in to my emergency care hospital and they kept her overnight,thinking she was having heart failure.(she was 11 years old)By morning her lungs were beyond repair and they realized it was pneumonia.If only my poor girl could have given me clearer signs.This was seven years ago, but it is something I'll never stop regretting.Never underestimate a potential problem with these dogs.The warm nose approach is not always acurate.I did learn one thing regarding pneumonia,the dog's tongue turns purple from a lack of oxygen.Had I even known that, I might have reacted faster.

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It's very true, sometimes the hardest thing in the care of our pets is knowing when it's appropriate to take them in to get examined by a veterinarian.  I'm sorry that you had an experience where your decision to wait ended up with a very sad ending... but you sometimes just can't tell.  

Thanks for sharing so others can see that sometimes even though we aren't looking forward to the bill, we had better go.

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Just a quick update......Although we never found out what actually was wrong,Zoe is completely recovered.After a few days of short walks,yesterday was our first three mile run since her illness.It was a beautiful,sunny 30 degrees out and time to get back in the groove.I also took the last 2 1/2 weeks off because I didn't want her to see me go without her.Well,you would have thought I was the one who was ill.She was pulling me along and turning to see why I was so slow.It was great though,looking back to our day at the vet,discussing everything from lyme disease to cancer,and thinking I may have gone on my last run with my girl.The BEST run of the year!

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So happy to hear it! What a wonderful Christmas present from the dazzling Zoe. Now you can enjoy your holidays!

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Glad to hear she's ok - Hope it really was just a bite or infection of some kind and it's all better now.