Join Date: May 2003
Location: Helena Mt., USA
No I was waiting to determine what this was before I started Tylan.
The facial paralysis has been going on since about the time the bloodwork results came back, but before his first b12 shot. I think it's a separate item...or perhaps pushed him into the diarrhea. Or maybe the downgrade in his health with the b12 deficiency pushed him into an infection--sort of a chicken/egg discussion at this point I think. There were some grass seeds removed today, perhaps it was all a result of deep grass seeds from the summer that we didn't see in December. But the facial paralysis is most commonly not diagnosed, and 2nd most commonly a result of ear infection of the middle ear.
I don't remember what he said about which abx it is, except that it started with a c or an s, and that it was particularly good at closed site infections. If this doesn't work, the next step--and one I won't take due to the risk--is a very risky surgery where they'd drill a hole at the base of the skull to drain the infection.
I have heard of colostrum, but not as a treatment for dogs. I guess at this point, I trust the vet pretty well and I'm going to go with his recommendation for now. The abx are for a month, though I'm doing 2 week refills in case they don't agree with him. 3 pills, twice a day.
In the meantime, I'll be giving him probiotics apart from his abx, since they'll likely interfere at least a bit with each other.
Chris, mom to:
Tank (Cardigan Welsh Corgi)
Odin (GSD 8/28/13)
Valentine-our ragdoll cat
Two great skin kids