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the dog ended up at the shelter on 9/24. I adopted him on 9/28 and picked him up after he was neutered on the 2nd. took him straight to the vet who gave him pills for pain (tramadol) and amoxicillin 100mg. The pup was lethargic when I first saw it on the 28th and very skinny. he kept going downhill and I couldnt' get him to eat anything so I took him to the vet yesterday, 10/5. he gave him 2 antibiotics right into the vein because he wanted them to act quicker than i.m. we forced fed a can of science diet a/d and they hyrated him twice. I brought him home and this morning I had to give him a white milky liquid that i had to keep in the fridge and give it to him with a syringe. I think it is Calvomox or something like that. I can't read it all that well. the pup just hasn't perked up much though he follows me around the house and is always wagging his tail. he is going potty like clockwork so no problem there and the stools look normal. He is just skin and bones. I first thought he got like that from being in the shelter and designated as a stray, but this dog was in great shape and was potty trained. My guess is that it was the last of a little and due to failure to thrive they dumped it.
thank you. I am concerned that this could be some chronic or debillitating issue as he is just a pup and so emaciated. He also has a runny nose, what I assume is kennel cough and coughs up water that resembles foam. He just now walked into the room wagging his tail and walks over to lay on his bed. He has acted like an old man now for over a week. He had no fever on Tuesday. the shelter noted his temp as 101 and so did my vet later in the day. my vet expected a turn around pretty quickly and wants me to leave him up there tomorrow so they can watch him. I asked about a urinalysis and an xray and he said they wouldn't help. is that correct? all i know is that i am reading all sorts of things on the internet. i plug in the symptoms and i see URI, distemper, all sorts of things and even untreatable infections. I am willing to hang with this little guy. We have gotten all our dogs from lab rescue. this one was on the lab rescue site at a shelter. first time i Have ever gotten a shelter dog and it hasn't been a great experience. I want this little guy to thrive and live to be an old guy like my other labs. if this infection doesn't go away, then what? and he didn't have the infection prior and yet was still very much underweight. thoughts?
I know. sometimes I felt that God just gave him to us, so he would know what it was like to be loved before he died. I guess we shall give it another week and see what happens. hopefully we will find an answer. i just don't know how long this little guy and keep going. he is running on empty. thank you!