I need some help on behalf of a friend who took in a sick all-black GSD foster dog. He's friendly, sweet, snuggly -- and we're very worried about him. He's not my foster, but is being fostered by a friend who cares a lot about him.
He came into the shelter 6 weeks ago emaciated. He almost immediately went into kenneled foster care with a professional trainer who has a facility. That guy saves a few of his boarding kennels for fostering shelter dogs. He fostered this dog over a month. During the month, the dog put on almost no weight. The trainer became worried that the dog seemed to be going downhill and returned him to the shelter so they could find a home-foster where the dog might do better.
As soon as the dog went into foster care, it was clear he was pretty sick. His GI system was in bad shape. He was full of multiple kinds of worms -- but negative for coccidia
and negative for parvo.
He does have some scaring in his lungs, and has routine kennel cough symptoms (runny nose, pretty typical). I believe he's also HW+.
The shelter vet gave him dewormer, and antibiotics. His appetite was fantastic, so we expected to see him starting to turn around soon.
Two days into home-fostering, last night, he started pooping blood -- not a little blood mixed in feces, but large amounts of liquid blood. It got to a point last night that he was pooping blood every 2-3 minutes. The shelter wouldn't pay for e-vet care (they have no money), so those of us who are the local GSD breed rescue team all chipped in to get him to the university vet school's 24 hour clinic.
They stabilized him with fluids and temporarily stopped the bloody diarrhea....but the over-night clinical crew couldn't figure out what was causing the problem. When the shelter vet got in this morning, he went back to her, and she's puzzled too.
He's had blood work, fecal stains, parvo snap tests, and abdominal x-rays to look for an obstruction...and nothing is showing up to explain the bloody poop -- which is still going on, though less than last night.
He's now back in his foster home, and we don't know much more than we knew before all this started last night. One hypothesis is EPI.
Any thoughts on what this could be? He's a young adult. His medical history before being picked up as a stray 6 weeks ago is unknown. He's missing a back foot, but that's neither here nor there.
My gut reaction is to get him on digestive enzymes, a probiotic between the antibiotics doses, and some slippery elm to coat the GI track with soothing stuff. He's on a pharmacy cocktail of prescribed antibiotics, dewormer, and who knows what else.
It's serious enough that the shelter vet isn't sure he's going to make it and has nothing more to offer him. Any ideas to help Ozzy?