|09-12-2013 12:00 PM|
THere is a HUGE difference in vets and their practices. Also their background, experience and continuing education.
I once had my yellow Lab suddenly have the side of her face swell up the size of a softball overnight. It was HUGE and her eye even started to close! My first vet wasn't sure what it was but gave me some antibiotics and no real insight.
I was away visiting my parents with my dog 2 weeks later and 2 days after the antibiotics were finished my poor Lab's face swelled up overnight again as large as before!!!! I freaked and went to a vet by my parents and the vet there took one look at it, said he saw similar face swelling in Labs all the time, recommended a completely different antibiotic that he found worked better on facial swellings and then TOLD ME TO CONTINUE WITH THEM UNTIL THE SWELLING WAS COMPLETELY GONE. So when I returned home and needed another week of these new antibiotics and went to my original vet, he didn't even have those meds on hand with that dosage because he didn't prescribe them. After this bout with the correct meds my Lab never had the swelling again....
|09-12-2013 08:41 AM|
|Spooki||Thanks for all that info I'll look into that! We brought her to a new vet on Tuesday and they seem a lot nicer and helpful, but they still had to give her another anti-biotic which thankfully didn't seem to bother her but he seems a lot more confident in what he's doing and spent a lot more time on her aswell, it wasn't just rush rush rush like our other vet.. I think they've lost their touch, may just stay away from there now. The vet said puppy vaginitis is a possibility but also mentioned something like 'juvenile immune deficiency' and said its nothing to worry about and will be sorted out, so fingers crossed!|
|09-08-2013 08:11 PM|
Hi, I definitely agree with the new vet idea, but two things to add; my girl had puppy vaginitis for months and months, and my vet said no need to treat, it will resolve after her first heat. She hasn't had a heat yet, but it has cleared up on it's own. But, she just looked a little messy and had matted hair I had to clean up every day, I never saw a greenish tint or a rash. Perhaps the vet could take a swab and culture it to be sure what's going on? It drives me nuts when they just keep chucking antibiotics around without knowing what they're actually trying to treat!
And, I have my girl on probiotics every day, and with all the antibiotics, that might not be a bad idea for your pup, too. Do you have those in your pet care shops? I use this:
My dog gets a jab every two weeks at the vet, and she REALLY hates the thermometer, so I bring her in just to get weighed and showered with treats and ask the vet techs if they have time to fuss over her a bit (separately from the B12 shot visits) and she does OK - maybe not such a good idea if your girl gets car sick though! Poor girl!
|09-08-2013 07:42 PM|
|Spooki||Thanks for your reply! As Monday (tomorrow) was coming up for her next visit after the antibiotics finished I've been searching the internet for answers on what this greeny discharge (coming out from vulva) could be and the one thing that seems to be the closest to what she has is something called 'puppy vaginitis' which seems to be a very common thing, so I am hoping it is this rather then anything worse, it also seems to cause a slight rash around that area too.. I say her under arm rash may be a separate thing though. But yes I will definitely be looking into another vet from tomorrow, because if this is 'puppy vaginitis' which seems a common enough thing seen in female puppies you would think my vet would have said something about it instead of saying something along the lines of; "this is very unusual and if these antibiotics don't clear it up then I don't know what to do"... which still has me fuming that he could even talk this way. Well the antibiotics haven't cleared it up, the discharge has just gotten more watery than sticky-ish like before. Either way I am going to go around on a 'new vet hunt' tomorrow and hopefully get one more helpful! Do you think it sounds like 'puppy vaginitis'? And also will 3 antibiotics at this age do her any damage? Is that in any way normal? Thanks sorry these post are all over the place I'm just worried really.|
|09-06-2013 10:41 AM|
This could be alot of things but immediately I'd get to another vet.
It's weird but some vets just see some conditions more frequently so will instantly recognize and be able to give immediate help.
What does your breeder say? Are the rest of the pups in the litter having the same problem?
Could be allergies. Yeast infection from moisture. Kidney/bladder infection on top of it.....(unless the oozing is just from the surrounding skin).
|09-06-2013 10:35 AM|
Puppy Rash & Vulva Discharge (Help)!
Hi my puppy has just turned 16 weeks old yesterday and is currently nearly finished her THIRD lot of antibiotics! I'm not sure how bad this many antibiotics are for a young puppy, I can't imagine its a good thing as with a human it would be very bad I can imagine. We have been going to this vet for years (our old dogs whole life) and would never of had a problem with them and they also have a good name around my area. But since we have got my new GSD puppy and brought her for her very first visit on the 9th of July (day after we got her) I'm starting to be a bit unsure about them. The reason being, her very first 'check up' visit she was said to be absolutely fine and in great nick, but that day, AFTER the vet we noticed (as she was scratching and licking a lot) she had a rash on her lower belly and around her vulva... The vet never seen this.. Which annoyed me because as she was a small clueless puppy on her first vet check, it was so easy for the vet to give her a good thorough full check. So we had to go back up that same week to the same vets but with a different person, he gave her first full week dose of antibiotics for her rash. The antibiotics made her sleep more around the time of these antibiotics (and each one since) and off her food a bit more then she usually is (a very picky eater.. of her own food) That rash cleared up and all was fine until a few weeks later we noticed it back and brought her down again, hoping she would get cream but she had to get ANOTHER injection (which she squealed again like the first time) and started another lot of antibiotics. These antibiotics didn't do a whole lot, cleared her rash up a bit but I don't think fully (she was on them a bit longer then a week too) we had to bring her back for a check and because when we noticed a greeny coloured discharge coming from her vulva that she also keeps trying to lick, we also brought a urine test which was fine but the vet said this discharge is uncommon and if THESE antibiotics don't clear it up he's unsure what it is and what to do... Theres about two days left of the antibiotics, her rash is coming back on her lower belly (little bumps) AND her armpit (like hives) and it seems the discharge is still there but I think its eased a bit. I'm really worried these antibiotics won't work, and at the age of 3 months she is now terrified of the vet! We had all these plans to make her ok with the vet but after all these visits with injections nearly everytime she's gonna be a nightmare bringing in the future.. And on top of all this she gets car sick! The poor thing I feel so sorry for her! Does ANY of this sound familiar to anybody here or would you have any idea what it could be or even a cause? If it's happened to your dog? Would love to ease my mind a bit before this next visit as I don't know what the outcome will be! Thanks