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post #11 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-19-2019, 10:53 AM
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A good suggestion about also checking for tick illnesses.

Last year Luna went to vet her eye it was inflamed looked a bit weird -I was concerned. She was good otherwise. The vet did a CBC test. I had to go back in for more tests and she was positive for Ehrlichiosis caused by a tick. I had removed a tick a few weeks ago and that was in February and we had a brutal winter. According to the blood work the tick infection just started and they caught it early. Eye inflammation is one of the symptoms. It was weird she had tiny dots on her Lower eye lid. If anyone is reading this just good to know. I can see how that can be easily missed. I remember thinking a blood test for eye conjunctivitis made no sense - I was wrong. Glad it was done. Ehrlichiosis seems to effect german shepherds more then any breed.

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post #12 of 19 (permalink) Old 03-19-2019, 11:23 AM
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Good point, Jenny, GSD do seem to be especially vulnerable to the more severe symptoms. I've unfortunately seen some of them. Sometimes a course of doxy is prescribed just to see if that resolves symptoms, regardless of titer results where false positives and negatives are common.
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I would also check for Lepto. My Dutch Shepherd is a Lepto survivor. Off and on high fever. No eating and vomiting one day followed by some eating the next.
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Update on Zoe - this morning she had a mass on her neck, under her chin, on top of all her other symptoms as she was still lethargic and no energy.
Watched it for a few hours but it seemed to be growing so took her to the emergency room. They got an ultrasound and can see some fluids which points to an abscess with a foreign body in there somewhere.
Vet is still a bit concerned as to the timeline of her symptoms since mass just showed up today and it's harder then what they would think it would be as an abscess. Zoe also doesn't seem to mind the doctors touching it so, they are still not convinced. They mentioned puppy strangle as a possibility.
She will be staying over night to get full blood work, other tests and CT scan.
Hoping for good or at least conclusive results tomorrow.
It's been a very rough week...
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May this give you some good answers.... and I'm hoping it's "fixable" please. We want her back to her active self.
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Iím so sorry for the troubles with your girl! You must be a worried mess. I had a horse that had strangles and it was a nightmare to get through. Itís also highly contagious, has she been anywhere where she might come into contact?
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Originally Posted by Isabelponte View Post
Guys, I posted on Saturday about Zoes change in behavior - not eating much, no energy, drooling (vet said is sign of nausea).
She was at the vet all day yesterday. Its not a foreign object, we got xrays done. It's not giardia or pyro.
She had a temp of 105, which came down to 104 after she got some fluids but came back up yesterday night.
She is drinking water and eats a few bites of her food here and there. She's peeing and pooping fine.
Vet has her on nausea medication and antibiotics but today she is still lethargic, no energy and still drooling.
Made some boiled chicken and rice and she devoured it!!
When she's laying down sleeping she is panting pretty fast.
Vet is still not sure what it is, thinks it's infection or inflammation somewhere and we will see how the antibiotics work.
On a side note - we had started mixing wet food with her dry food about 2 weeks ago - pedigree wet pouches. About a week ago she threw up once and had a few loose stools but then was back to normal. Vet doesn't think it's related to the new food but I'm at a lost. It's frustrating not knowing what's wrong and what to do to make her feel better!
I'm hoping anyone here can help with some insight. I understand we are not vets but sometimes just sharing experiences and advice might be enough to keep my hopes up!
Thank you!
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Is she at an ER? Are they going to be able to transfer her to a specialist in the morning? I’m wondering if the lump is a lymph node. Those will swell up due to infection.

I hope your girl feels better. Keep us posted!

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@gsdsar and others, this is her new thread with an update https://www.germanshepherds.com/foru...ml#post9153947

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