Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: Philadelphia Suburbs, PA
"However this could be a number of things. And since none of us have seen the dog and the vet has, I would be much more comfortable following the vet's diagnostic for now."
No worries, I take anything on the internet with a grain of salt, and anything posted by people with at least two. We are more interested in a second opinion because, a we continue research on Pano, we don't think it "fits" if that makes sense. It definitely would explain some stuff, but there are just a few things going on in addition that don't seem to. Perhaps there is more than one thing, but it never hurts for a second opinion. We are hoping to forward over everything diagnostic, and that way she woulddn't need more diagnostic testing, just see what another expert thinks based off of the tests and a simply physical exam.
She definitely has found her appetite this morning, and has been begging for food, though I am holding out until her rice and chicken is done, which is hard! Those puppy dog eyes get to me every time! Her pain medicine wore off about an hour ago, and we can tell she is in discomfort, she keeps nibbling and licking her back legs. Again, we are trying to hold off on her morning pain meds and antibiotic until after she eats a little, as she had some bbaadddddd diarrhea last night.
Our GS mix was diagnosed with pano and was on treatment for almost a year before showing improvement, though he now suffers from some awful knee problems. So we are somewhat familiar with it, the presentation, and the treatment, and Thor NEVER acted like this, though he was older when the onset occurred.
So, like I said before, we don't want to over stress her with unneccessary things, but we don't want to ignore or have her worsen. I think our plan at the moment is to contact UPenn when they open and inquire as to seeing someone there, preferably a specialist of some sort, and having them do a cursory examination and giving them access to all of her diagnostic testing from the last few days. If they come to the same conclusion, I will definitely sleep better at night (and stop googling the crap out of puppy ailments!!), and if they don't we will progress from there.
I know I say this every time I post, but I really do mean it. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH! I would have been so lost these last 24 hours without all the help and support, even if just because it gave me an initial line of questioning with the vet. I like to be involved in her care, and sometimes questioning is the best way to open up a new line of thought.
PS I am a microbiologist, and I took some of her worms and am growing them in my lab, got those suckers up to over a foot at this point! Gee-whiz, can't even IMAGINE what it's like to have those living in you!
Thor, 2 years, GSD x Pittbull
Willa, 5 months, GSD
Shadow, 4.5 years, Border Collie x Whippet (?)