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Sasha-Goop is in the hospital

Discussion in 'Emotional Support' started by evilfriends, May 10, 2014.

  1. evilfriends

    evilfriends Little Dog

    This will likely be a long and and rambling post, so I apologize ahead of time. It has been a long day.

    My sister's sweet little Basset Hound is not doing very well :(

    She became sick last week with a UTI, had a few accidents in the house and wasn't interested in food like she normally is. We took her to the vet (on the 4th I believe?), did bloodwork and a urinalysis. She had a slight fever. Pretty much confirmed that was a UTI making her sick and we were sent home with medicine. Over the next few days she did not improve, so she was taken back in to the vet's office for a recheck on the 6th. Bloodwork was ran again and the only count that was low was her white blood cell count. Still had a low grade fever but lower than the first visit. Figured it was just her arthritis and the infection bothering her. More medication and she was to rest for the next few days.

    My other sister and I were dogsitting today and we became concerned with her behavior (refusing food, very lethargic) and took her back to the vet's. We were told her behavior wasn't normal reaction to the medication. X-rays were taken that didn't show anything abnormal, so it was decided to keep her there overnight for monitoring and a Barium test. No sooner did my sister and I get home when we got a call from the vet's office saying her kidney or liver levels (I can't recall which, exactly - the word "critical" was used a lot and it was a very upsetting conversation, forgive me) had changed drastically from when she was tested a few days ago. The vet's opinion was that she needed to see a specialist and be taken to another hospital for 24hr monitoring.

    Sooo... There we go. She is at the other animal hospital and the plans are to have an ultrasound done tomorrow. At this point we are strongly suspecting a reaction to the pain medication she was put on (Carprofen/Rimadyl).

    Sasha is a very sweet dog. Loves food and snuggling under blankets and bossing my dog around (My dog, Diego, LOVES her - she, on the other hand, is not much a fan of Diego lol) I'm very worried for her. :(

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  2. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    I hope she gets better. Sending out positive thoughts...
     
  3. LilianaLove

    LilianaLove GRCH Dog

    UTIs can cause pylonephritis from vertical contamination up the urinary tract. It may be the UTI, not the medication, causing issue. However, if the liver is involved, I would say that the medication would be a more likely cause. Some dogs are more sensitive than others to asprin-type NSAIDs. Luckily, if it is the liver involved, the liver is pretty resilient to that type of thing, and stopping the medication and supporting the liver will likely revert the values back to normal over time. Kidneys aren't as forgiving, but treating the underlying cause (either the UTI or stopping the medication) and supporting the kidneys will see a slowing in the progression of degeneration and over time will likely see improvement in the values.

    I hope things work out for her, she seems like a sweet girl.
     
  4. evilfriends

    evilfriends Little Dog

    Thank you Michele, and thank you LilianaLove, that gives me some hope. :)

    My sister spoke with the vet's office a little while ago. Sasha was given morphine for pain, got sick, was given some more and apparently has been fine. Still very lethargic. The ultrasound was supposed to have been done by now (like, hours ago), but I guess they are waiting for more bloodwork to come back. I really wish these vet's offices would get their butts in gear... After standing around waiting for what seemed like forever for the original clinic to release Sasha to me because they couldn't find proof that I had paid them (I did, and kept offering to go get the receipt, but no...). Kinda getting irritated. Maybe it's just the stress of the whole situation. :/

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  5. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Sometimes when you are waiting it can seem like a lifetime.
     
  6. CrazyK9

    CrazyK9 Good Dog

    I'm sorry and I hope shes gonna be ok. If its her liver, look into milk thistle or Denamarin. I had Kat taking milk thistle when she was on Phenobarbitol and her liver number skyrocketed. Shes in good shape now. Lucky was on Denamarin for a while before he passed because his hyperthyroidism was causing anorexia and I was worried about his liver.
     
  7. Jazzy

    Jazzy GRCH Dog

    Sending healing karma thoughts your way. :hug:
     
  8. evilfriends

    evilfriends Little Dog

    Thank you all :hug:

    I have not been able to make it out myself to see Sasha or speak to the vet yet today, unfortunately. My sister (her owner) was able to go see her, though, and Sasha was happy to see her. The ultrasound was finally done and they're now thinking it is pancreatitis. (I'm going out to the animal hospital in a few hours so hopefully I'll be able to talk with the vet more about what they found). I'm told that she has been improving since this morning, they are starting her on a bland diet and if she continues to improve Sasha will hopefully be coming home tomorrow or Monday.
     
  9. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    I'm glad they found out what is going on and i'm glad she is improving. Does the dog take pro-biotics? If not, it might be a good idea to suggest that to your sister. This will help the dog's digestive system.

    I take pro-biotics, heavy duty ones. Mine are in powder form. I mix it with apple sauce and take every morning and I share it with my dog.
     
  10. evilfriends

    evilfriends Little Dog

    She does not, but I will definitely suggest that. :)

    I went to see Sasha and she is doing SO much better tonight! Much more lively, up and moving around ("Goop"-ing as we like to say, moseying around sniffing). She chowed down on a bowl of food, which is wonderful! She's still not 100% herself, of course - still mopey and not very energetic, but you can tell she's starting to feel better. I was so scared we were going to lose her last night, there are no words to describe how happy I am that she is still here and is expected to make a full recovery. She's not my dog, but I do love her dearly.

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    At 5yrs old, she's now survived almost dying from rat poisoning and now pancreatitis... This is one tough little bitch right here! :)
     
  11. phillysmom

    phillysmom Good Dog

    So glad she's doing better! Looks like a real sweetie.
     
  12. Michele

    Michele Chi Super Dog Staff Member Super Moderator

    Those ears are the best!!
     
  13. Jazzy

    Jazzy GRCH Dog

    Amen!!!

    I had the pleasure of being owned by a Basset girl and they are indeed tough bitches! :grin:

    Sasha is adorable. :aww:
     
  14. evilfriends

    evilfriends Little Dog

    Thank you all.

    She's not eating any more. Blood protein level has dropped and liver value(s?) are rising. Tech I spoke to on the phone said she seems okay, resting comfortably at the moment.
     
  15. evilfriends

    evilfriends Little Dog

    Still not eating. Bloodwork is not improving. They want to do a blood plasma transfusion. I don't know what to do.
     
  16. Beatrix Kiddo

    Beatrix Kiddo Good Dog

    I had a dog come down with pancreatitis also, vet said it was from my parents giving him table scraps, sodium filled scraps. He made a full recovery, after a few thousand dollars in vet bills. Glad sasha is doing better.
     
  17. evilfriends

    evilfriends Little Dog

    At this point I've given my okay to go ahead with the transfusion. My sister will be speaking with the vet in a bit and is heading up to see Sasha now, so I will hopefully know more soon. She has stated that if this doesn't work she doesn't want to persue further treatment. We'll know Wednesday morning at the latest.

    Trying to keep it together at work right now... This sucks.
     
  18. LilianaLove

    LilianaLove GRCH Dog

    She needs to be on antibiotics if she isn't already. She started this whole thing with a high fever. If she wasn't tolerating the NSAIDs and they did not decrease the fever, proposed UTI and possible pylonephritis with possible pancreatitis necessitates antibiotics.
     
  19. evilfriends

    evilfriends Little Dog

    She is on antibiotics AFAIK, I will double check on that. I'm not sure if she still has a fever, but I don't believe so. Will call as soon as I get out of work.
     
  20. LilianaLove

    LilianaLove GRCH Dog

    Just from what I saw, she was put on a pain medication, a muscle relaxer, and an anti-inflammatory on that first day. If they were suspecting a UTI and DID NOT put her on antibiotics I would RUN not walk away from that clinic and to an internal medicine specialist. They CLEARLY do not know what they're doing if we're at the point where she needs a blood transfusion. Again, I would HIGHLY recommend a specialist at this point. Results
     

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