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Old 12-21-2013, 12:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Allie, my 8 year old GSD, started to not want to go outside and would just lie down; she continued to eat her meals and her stool was fine. On Thursday night she was obviously deteriorating and her eyes looked glazed. I took her to the vet first thing Friday a.m. - her temperature was 105.3. She stayed in the hospital all day on IVs and antibiotics; blood work, X-rays were normal. By 5 PM her fever was down to 103.6 - they let me bring her home and had to take her back this morning - fever was 103.8. Allie seems to feel a bit better. However, we have no idea what is the cause of this. She has had these episodes of high fever which required IVs when she was around 2 years old. Allie has had complete tick panels run. I can pick her up at 1:30 today; the hospital I use since I moved to Las Vegas does not have Sunday hours but I have the doctors' cell numbers. No idea what further tests to run. Monday I will be seeing her regular vet. This is difficult as was just moved here a year ago and I have her records but not her old vet.

Any suggestions as to tests / medications / dx you might think I could discuss with the doctors.

Thank you so very much.
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Old 12-21-2013, 01:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
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What vet are you going to? Dr. White at Lone Mountain is fantastic. I worked there for 3 yrs.
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Old 12-21-2013, 01:39 PM   #3 (permalink)
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did they put her on anything?? antibiotics? Sometimes those tick panels can give false negatives.

If me, and you've run out of options with the vet, I would ask if you could put her on doxy,,I'd do an aggressive dose of 5mg per body weight twice a day for a good 4-6 weeks...I am no vet, (just thought I'd add that but that's what I would try.
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I am in Green Valley and am going to Legacy; Allie cannot tolerate doxy; she is on IV antibiotics and will get an injection of Baytril or Orabax today. The tick panel was run a long time ago - will discuss doing another panel. Vet has mentioned a bone marrow test - the vet in Miami had also suggested a bone marrow test. I am going to call my vet in Miami - was not going to but am really looking for any answers.
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I had one a number of years ago with the same symptoms, tick panels clean. They also checked for parasite they can pick up off the ground (via nose). I don't recall what it was but he said it was more prone in Arizona and similiar climates and they saw it more in hunting dogs that had nose to ground.

Anyway, mine ended up having auto immune disease. I personally think it was triggered from vaccines as it started shortly after his 1yr booster. It was identified through chest xrays (in his lungs). He was in the 'hosptial' on IV several times, sent home with shots and nothing would keep his fever down. They ended up putting him a high dose of pred for a while then tapered down gradually until he was on 5mg every other day for life. No vaccines after (per the vet). That controled it. Sadly I lost him to bloat at 6.5 yrs.
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I spoke to Allie's vet in Miami; he said she has been having this syndrome of high fever for many years. After I got your post above, I recalled a chest X-ray that was suspicious but cannot locate those records; this chest x-ray showed nothing unusual but I am going to discuss this with my regular vet on Monday at 9:30 a.m. when I take Allie in for a follow up. I did google autoimmune high fever dogs and came up with other dog owners who have gone through the same thing. Thank all of you for your posts. Will keep you informed re causes.
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do the bone marrow test.
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This was the first thing that popped into my mind when I read the message.

Years ago when my parents lived in AZ both my mother and OES caught Valley Fever (both lived, but meds were expensive back then ... don't know what they use or the cost is today).
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I had Valley Fever years ago and was very sick - got it when I was filming in the Utah area near Nevada. Based on my illness and how sick I was and the fact Allie had the same problem in Miami, I do not think it is Valley Fever but will ask the vet. Why the bone marrow test? I hate to put her through the procedure.
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