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12-23-2013 11:24 AM
laniefly also we will not be using the trifexis anymore after reading the info on it. Sadly I never questioned the vet.....I was told that's the one they recommend and it is the best one out there to protect her. I didn't do my homework at all.
Can anyone recommend a good flea/heartworm preventative? We live in Fl and the mosquitos are really bad here.
12-23-2013 11:16 AM
laniefly hey guys yes we did a stool sample 3 weeks ago when she had the first set of GI issues. They didn't find anything unusual. We didn't test for lepto, but she has been vaccinated for it since we go camping a lot and they recommended it. Stool was completely back to normal this morning and I am pretty sure I figured out hat is going on with her walking.
Yesterday the vet said they did not observe her doing ANYTING unusual with her soon as we got home and she went outside to use the bathroom....sure enough there is was again, not putting weight on her back legs and looking like her legs were giving out. I was SOOOO upset. We came inside and I suggested to my husband we check the bottom of her feet....and we found the pads of her paws were "torn" on 3 out of 4. I know at the park there is an area she has been running through that had concrete and I am pretty sure that's where it happened since before going to the park, she had NO problems walking. I called the vet back and they said they didn't check her paws.....but keep her inside today since she had a fever and possibly got overheated yesterday.
I washed the paws with soap and water and put socks over them ( much to her dismay). Hopefully they heal quickly.
I felt kinda stupid for taking her in to the vet for this......but honestly I was terrified with the kidney issues, diarrhea and then walking issues that something horrible was happening. She is resting comfortably and being spoiled rotten. Now to figure out her GI issues. Hopefully it stays away this time.
12-23-2013 07:18 AM
Angelina03 Rocco has a very sensitive stomach too (nerves I guess). He gets diarrhea when stressed and, if really bad, will need antibiotics to treat it. One time that he had blood in his stool, it turned out to be worms (even though he had been treated), so you might want to check for that. I give him heartguard (every month) and he loves to eat it like a treat. For fleas and ticks I give him k-9 advantix II. It works fine and he doesn't need it every month because I spray the lawn occasionally. I actually haven't had to give it to him in about 4 or 5 months. I prefer not to apply flea and tick medication if not necessary.

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12-23-2013 03:56 AM
llombardo I almost started my dog on trifexis but there was to many negatives for me to justify giving it, I would rather deal with fleas then worry if my dog might be the one to have a negative reaction with Trifexis. Straining can and has caused small of blood in my dog. Have they tested for Lepto? How about any toxins?
12-23-2013 01:10 AM
RebelGSD Stress can cause bloody stools in dogs and so can parasites.
12-22-2013 06:37 PM
GatorBytes Get her off Trifexis.

Here is the thread with links. Also go to the Trifexis kills dogs facebook page...many have same symptom of lameness

oh, and death.
12-22-2013 04:00 PM
huntergreen have you done a stool sample? may not be related to any kidney problems.
12-22-2013 03:37 PM
laniefly thank you! I am going to read the link you provided now. Luna is SUPER sensitive. She gets stressed out if both my husband and I work or if she is home alone, even for a few hours she has anxiety when we leave. I am also going to do some research about the trifexis. I actually was never given an option from our vet. they said that is what they carried and it was the best form of protection so I didn't question it. We have a terrible time getting her to eat it though....she seriously hates taking it and is smart enough to pick it out of anything we hide it in. Thank you very much! I just hate the fact she has such horrible stomach issues.
12-22-2013 03:29 PM
Gretchen The GI problem sounds like our dog, Molly's issues. Stress would definitely aggravate her colitis, usually showed up 48 hours after the stressful event. Here's Molly's history:

True Stories: Molly | The Honest Kitchen

She's also had a knee surgery, due to partially torn ligament, it was a limp that would come and go, she would seem stiff after getting up from sleep.

The was a recent post on here about Trifexis and dog deaths, it scared me so much I just switched back to Heartguard, and will get different flea meds.
12-22-2013 03:06 PM
laniefly she is UTD on all vaccines....I also make sure to clean up after her anywhere we go. We went to the dog park bc her stool was back to being soft and had not had any further diarrhea today at all. The vet didn't think she has anything "contagious" as I asked after our last visit if the dog park was okay to take her to. But thank you. =)

I actually just got back from taking her to a second vet. Bloodwork ( again!) showed her kidney values are still slightly elevated, but one has actually improved( the BUN). No signs of an infection or dehydration. She was also tested for lyme disease and was negative. As far as the gastrointestinal issues they have no idea what is going on. The blood in the stool they think is caused by straining. After neuro testing they did not see anything unusual with her gait ( go figure once we get there she stops doing it) but the vet said her temp was 104 and she may have gotten heat exhaustion from playing since it is 80 down here in FL today.

We are suppose to keep an eye on her and video any further walking issues. They are thinking the 2 problems are unrelated, but basically have no idea. Does anyone have any experience with GSD with sensitive stomach? The vet said it could be caused by stress or even her monthly dose of trifexis. It was also suggested she could be having seizures and that is what I was seeing with her gait today....however it seemed more like her legs were "giving out" rather than shaking or twitching. Advice appreciated.
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