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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 02-13-2017, 07:41 PM Thread Starter
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Very sick GSD puppy

Hi we have a very sick GSD puppy 8 months old name Sherman. On Feb 6th 2017 we took our pup to the vet to get fixed/neutered he went in happy healthy and came out worse and has been going down hill since then. What he had done was this, canine neutered, procedure was more invasive because he had a testicle that did not drop and they had to dig around to find it. Also he had an umbilical hernia that needed repair or a cryptochidism /hernia repair. We were told he would have a quick recovery but since the surgery he has been into the vet everyday to have IV administerd and a battery of meds. He has no energy no spunk he has not eaten anything solid since before the surgery, drinks very little water on his own. He has been given barium and this showed through x rays that he has motility in his lower intestine. The vets are not sure what is wrong and we may half to send him to a specialist. The vets said this may be from a pre existing condition that could only come out with stress caused by the surgery, possibly addisons diesease. Today they tested for this and the results are not in. Until yesterday he was pooping blood, just blood nothing solid. Now it is mustard colored fluid and he seems to have lost bowel control as well. His blood work,eletrolytes, red and white blood cell counts all come back normal and a pancreas test came back normal as well.His temperature is also normal no fevers. Today x rays show his colon is very swollen and full of gas. Has anyone here experienced this with their dog ? Any vets on here that can add info answer our question as to what is wrong with our puppy ? The vets here are so far without answers. Thank you for any help.
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Not a vet, so no help or advice to give... but sending sincere wishes for Sherman's recovery. I know you must be worried sick. I would be too if my dog was pooping blood - never a good sign - have you considered taking him to an ER vet or getting a second opinion?
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Not a vet, so no help or advice to give... but sending sincere wishes for Sherman's recovery. I know you must be worried sick. I would be too if my dog was pooping blood - never a good sign - have you considered taking him to an ER vet or getting a second opinion?
Thank you for the kind wishes, we live in a rural area and ER vet is a few hours drive. The local vet will wait for the last test results and make a recomendation. If he is not better by Wed I will take him to the specialist or as soon as possible. Regards. Rob
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Not a vet, but a credentialed vet tech. Your boy needs to be at a specialists. The sooner the better. He needs at least an abdominal ultrasound. There are a lot of things that can go wrong when we go into the abdomen. He needs more intensive care and diagnostics. This has been going on for almost 10 days. Inflamed intestines can start leaking protein, things go bad quick. Sorry.

Personally. I would take him to your nearest 24 hour referral facility that has an internist as well.
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I am so sorry you are going through this. This is probably not relevant but I just want to mention it in case it can help. We lost our first gsd puppy to intussusception. She was pooping blood and her intestines were bloated. She started vomiting. We were told her intestines were so inflamed from( in our pups case hookworms) that the conditions were right for the intestines to telescope and create a blockage. It needs immediate surgery. Our pup passed away right before her surgery. We only had her 3 days.
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I wouldn't wait. I'd start driving now. In my state there is one referral hospital with all the big specialties. There is a big vet hospital a couple hours further one state over.

If this were my dog I would be hospitalizing at the big hospital where they have 24 hr nursing staff
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post #7 of 36 (permalink) Old 02-13-2017, 11:23 PM
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I second everyone who says go to the vet asap. Better safe than sorry and this is not something to procrastinate about. In the meantime, make sure he stays hydrated. Best wishes to you and your pup!
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I have an 8 month old Sherman too. Hoping that you can get to the bottom of your guys issues. I would not wait too long to go to another vet...or ER vet. And I would try and keep him hydrated at the very least.
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Thoughts and prayers for you and your puppy. I agree with the others, I'd be heading for the nearest specialty hospital or a veterinarian university.
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Really sorry your pup is not doing well, will pray for you and your pup!
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