I lost my German Shepherd, Allie, today, 2/7/16. (Allie came to me on 12/27/05 at age 7 months as a breeder reject.) Allie was quite ill most of her life. My gratitude to all of you on this board is something I can never repay as you helped me for years and years. I am now turning to you again, as I am overwhelmed with grief and doubt.
She has had numerous threads, including: https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...ical-vet.html; https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...in-allie.html;
https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...iagnosis.html; https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...783-mrsa.html; https://www.germanshepherds.com/forum...-too-slow.html
She was finally diagnosed with autoimmune polyarthritis, non erosive, in January 2014. Allie managed to do well with some serious set backs. Unfortunately the only medication she reacted to was prednisone and metronidazole. Unfortunately, I think it was the medication that killed her.
Allie went from 85 pounds to 67 pounds, The Pred took a terrible toll on her muscle mass. We tried several other medications but always had to come back to the metronidazole to control her bowels and infection in her colon.
Over the past few months, my vet has strongly suggested it was time to “let her go”, however, with a strict feeding regime we came up with and a lot of medication, Allie was doing okay.
This morning, she threw up shortly after feeding. And then she threw up again. Within a short time, Allie could barely walk. She was becoming somewhat non responsive - her eyes seemed glazed.
We rushed her to the vet and were told there was no hope. I offered up that money was no object and I had the will to continue to care for her. The doctor said Allie was suffering and she could not justify extraordinary treatment. As we consulted, Allie kept slipping away more and appeared to drool and have difficulty breathing.
We let her go and now I am so incredibly sad and overwhelmed. I am reflecting that perhaps I should have researched her meds before rushing her to the doctor as I was aware of metronidazole toxcity but did not think of it this morning - she had been on 500 mg twice a day for a year. All of these thoughts are making me quite ill with should have , would have, etc. I really do not know where to turn.
Thank you all for listening one more time to Allie