In case anyone was wondering what progress Asher has made, it is not great news. Excuse the date differences, I'm trying to write as much in US style as possible to make it easier to read with dates and temps. It will read like a diary unfortunately as I am copying my messages from another site.
The hospitalisation I wrote in my first post was on Friday 4/25
The next day, Saturday 4/26
Asher temperature is now down to 104.7, still high but it's going in the right direction thankfully. I have to take him back in 4 days time to be rechecked, if he hasn't improved he will have to have more tests done. The vet said he will recover but it will take at least 6 weeks of the anti-biotics, and may take longer. When we got home from the vet he had a big drink. He ate all his breaky this morning, I added extra water to his dry food when I soaked it, added some chicken mince in and it turned into a nice gravy for him. After he ate he had another smaller drink. He is still very quiet and he is in pain, the pain relief the vet gave me does not get rid of it, just makes him more comfortable
Asher seemed to have improved a little again, he was back to chasing the cats in the morning. That night he threw up his dinner in his crate, and he has loose stools
This morning I discovered his eye is swollen So today I begged my manager to let me go home and I took him to the vet. He now has more pills to pop, to counteract the nausea and diarrhea from his antibiotics. His temp is down a little but still high, at 103.6. I have to take him back again on Friday for another checkup. His eye isn't scratched thankfully, but must have been stung or bitten by something as it looks horrid and is quite painful. No meds for that, as he is on enough already. It should improve a little in the next 24 hours. Poor boy is quite miserable looking, has gone back to not drinking, and not showing much interest in food, although he did eat a carrot earlier today. He has been inside most of the day and just slept and slept.
No improvement today, sleeping a lot
Asher is now on 3 different kinds of drugs, they added another one as he took a sudden downfall in his recovery, the original drugs he was taking was not doing the job. His temp was up to 105.4 today, so he was hospitalised, put on a drip, and had a couple of antibiotic shots. His eyes are also affected by this infection. Thankfully tonight his temperature has dropped to 103.6 from being on the fluids, but obviously it is still high and I decided the best thing for him was to stay where he is, on the drip.
Today really was heartbreaking. Just to give you an insight into how what he is normally like, normally he is very fit, active, boucing off the walls sort of dog, always on the go, never sleeps in, up with the birds and loves the chase the cats.
Well he slept all morning before his vet appointment with 4 layers of blankets. The cat fell on him from the cat gym and he barely lifted his head. When I went to get him up he half got up then just flopped back down again, it was too much effort for him. I finally got him up to his feet and he could barely walk, each step was like a big effort for him and caused him pain. His back was hunched up from the pain and he definitely did not want to get in the car. Thankfully I have a wagon so I had a heap of blankets in the back and when I lifted him up he just lay straight back down again.
We got to the vet, I weighed him, he had lost nearly a pound in two days. A testament to his lovely nature, he still wagged his tail and gave kisses to another customer in the vet office. We got in to see the vet, he stood for the vet while she took his temperature, gave her kisses when she was checking his heartbeat. Held still for her when the dye went in his eyes to check for ulceration (thankfully there was none). While she went to get him a lead to take him to be put on a drip, he leant against me, swaying slightly. I gave him the biggest hug and kissed his forehead. Watching him walk, you would have thought you were looking at an old arthritic dog, instead of a nearly 9 month old pup.
Tonight will be the first night he has not slept at home in our bedroom and the house feels empty without him. My two other dogs are great comfort though, they give lovely cuddles but it's not the same without him, he is well and truly my heart dog. I miss my shadow, miss my foot warmer, I even miss the snuffling sounds under the toilet door when he checks to see where I am
Today, Thursday 5/1
morning - Ashers temp has not come down overnight, it is still 103.6. He has eaten small amount last night and this morning. He is staying in hospital today for more fluids and antibiotics. He said he is still acting unaware of his limbs, and you can see a marked neuro impact on his left side. I asked about recovery and he said it depends on the amount of compression and cause of compression, and obviously whether the drugs work. He said the effects can be permanent but it is to hard to say at this point in time. When we re-xray in 3 weeks time we should see the damage then
He has shown no improvement today. His temperature has gone up to 103.8 which is not a good sign. He still isn't showing full awareness of his limbs and his back legs are weak. He also didn't eat much this morning. They are taking another xray of his spine to check for change and for prolapsed disc
The xrays came back clear. Which is good but not good in that it doesn't give us any answers. His temperature has gone up again, to 104.2, despite being on the drip and having antibiotic shots. The vet has recommended we do a blood test to count the number of each blood cell type present, and the type of inflammatory response. This will also show us if there is any organ damage, eg kidney and liver functions. These are being taken tonight and sent off tonight, hopefully with results tomorrow.
He is still showing neuro deficit in terms of his lack of awareness of his limbs and the weakness in the back legs, he also still has a sore spine and I imagine soreness all over really having such a high temperature. The results of the blood test will take one or two days to come back. Hopefully we will hear something tomorrow. They are going to trial him off the fluids to see if he will drink on his own, I imagine this will take place tomorrow while they are there to supervise.
I asked if he could give me a prognosis, but he said until we know if the baytril has taken effect or not, he cant give a proper prognosis, and the drug may take up to a week to show a positive response. He said he would give me a guarded prognosis, that whilst he is not about to 'keel over' as he put it, he is concerned about him. I asked if it could shorten his life and he said it will not necessarily shorten his life, but that he really cant answer that right now, until we know if the baytril will work. He said some dogs with discospondylitis will have problems throught their life, others will recover and go on to lead a normal life