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Old 05-20-2014, 06:12 PM   #1 (permalink)
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So my buds issues started about 2 months ago. He started breathing very heavy at night, had a constant runny nose, and developed a bump on his nose. He screams if you even slightly press on the bump.

In addition to the above, he has trouble maintaining weight (has been at 80 pounds for 3 months), shows pain in the jaw when yawning, and has reduced energy.

We took him to the vet last week which they tested him for any fungal infections while also taking blood from him. Everything came back negative. The only issue they saw was his potassium to sodium ratio being slightly off. We have another appointment set for Friday to check for Addison's disease which I read is extremely rare in young dogs so I'm not holding on for that diagnosis.

He is only one year old. All these issues are becoming very stressful for my wife and I. The only time he is normal is when he is on pain medication.

Can anyone think of any possible causes for the symptoms I have described? My vet likes when I throw out things from the internet just so they can be ruled out. Anything would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance. I hope this guy gets better. He is too young to have the life he has had so far. Hoping for the best!


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Old 05-20-2014, 06:13 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Here's a picture of his nose.

Can't figure out what's wrong with my dog-imageuploadedbypetguide1400624019.798798.jpg


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Old 05-20-2014, 06:40 PM   #3 (permalink)
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If his blood work and medical tests came back normal can they rule out a spider bite or bee sting, or something that may be causing a localized allergic reaction. I don't know a lot about this stuff but my last pup came down with significant lethargy and it took some time to figure out he had been bitten by a spider. Just a thought. Good luck figuring it out.
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They definitely haven't said anything about a bug bite. I'll bring that up when I see them Friday. He has been on antibiotics twice now and the issue is still there so my thought is a regular infection is unlikely. I'm no doctor though.


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Old 05-20-2014, 08:13 PM   #5 (permalink)
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I'm going to throw a couple more things at the vet on Friday.

Just from looking on the internet his symptoms resemble lupus somewhat so I'm going to ask her about that. I'm also going to throw allergies out there too.

Hopefully I can get some solution.


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Old 05-21-2014, 08:01 AM   #6 (permalink)
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If you are anywhere near a vet teaching hospital, go.

Tetanus would be way out there.

Not aspergillosis? That's a fungal nose thing.

The Addison's test - is that the one that's kind of stressful? www.veterinarypartner.com/Content.plx?A=608

Did they aspirate the bump at all or is that not a good idea?

List: Lump or bulge, Nasal congestion, Runny nose and Sneezing: Common Related Medical Conditions (for people)

Diagnosing a Dog With Runny Nose Symptoms

He's way too young for a nasal cancer I would imagine. Pet health and runny noses - Pet Insurance Blog – Pets Best Insurance story

I would want a referral and would hold off on any other testing that might agitate until then - let us know how things go.
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Old 05-21-2014, 08:10 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Had to go to the emergency vet last night due to extreme swelling in the nose and because he was acting lethargic. My vet appt is Friday and I didn't feel we could wait that long so I took him in.

His nose was about twice the size it was in the picture below. One nostril is completely shut off. He was also in extreme discomfort if his nose is even brushed.

The emergency vet wants to do a scope and ct scan. I really don't see any other option considering we have been to the vet three times and don't have any knowledge of what's going on to date.

She threw out a ton of possible causes (fungus, something stuck in the nose, tumor, etc).

I'm so glad I decided to get pet insurance. The cost of all these tests would really be painful if I didn't have it. It's just crazy knowing he's 1 year old and all of this is happening. I've never even heard of dogs having issues like this when they are still puppies.

I'll provide an update once we decide what route to take. About 99% sure we are going the ct scan route. Just have to confirm with my home vet.


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Is only one side of his nose running? Is the nostril or underneath the nose pink? One of my dogs developed nasal aspergillosis. She had an extremely painful muzzle, and eventually her nostril turned pink through that didn't happen til later. Her nose didn't have an obvious bump, but some dogs do.
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Yes it's mainly one side and it's very red and swollen inside the nostril. Taking him to the vet today for one more test. If that comes back with nothing then it's on to the specialist.


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Yes I would definitely see a specialist for this one, seems odd.
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