Dog Health Questions? Ask a Dog Vet for Answers ASAP
There may be a slight delay after I receive your answers since I have to type up a response to you. Thanks for your patience. Deb
1. How old is he? - he is about 12 years old2. What antibiotic was given, if you know? - I dont know the antibiotic3. Is he taking any oral drugs? - No, no oral drugs4. Was he fine before the infection and maggot problem? - He had an anal sac infection and was suffering with that. He was fine before that.5. Can you take his temperature? - He seems to have some temperature since his nose is dry but I am unable to take his temperature.6. Can you also tell me the color of his gums? - Im sorry I cannot do that since he snaps.
I realize that my answer may not be what you want to hear but I would be doing a disservice to both you and your dog if I were less than truthful and honest in my response to you. I hope you understand.
I also hope that this is helpful in understanding that there may be something fairly serious going on with him. Deb
I'm sorry that you rated bad service and I must confess that I’m somewhat surprised that you did. I answered your question in a timely manner and provided several explanations for your dog's symptoms although I realize that they may not be ones that are particularly good ones or ones that you want to hear.
I'm truly sorry that I couldn't provide a more positive answer to you but in any event, I wish you and your dog the best. Deb
Kindly ignore the information request.
Thanks for the clarification and additional information I may have inadvertently assumed his stools were loose which is clearly not the case. My apologies for that.My impression was also that he was worsening; the fact that he seems to be improving each day is obviously a very good sign. Internal parasites might be responsible for fresh blood in the stool but they aren't usually a cause for a black stool...and usually the stools are looser when parasites are the problem.I wouldn't expect dark stools because he's not eating though. Vomiting yellow bile can often be seen with an empty stomach but you're not seeing this behavior.A small ulcer in his stomach, for example, might be an explanation for the color of his stools. And, these can sometimes heal on their own.You could give him over the counter Pepcid AC which could help. The dose would be 0.25 mg/lb twice a day. This drug would certainly cause no harm.Deb
How long is it okay for him not to eat???? We are giving him water with glucose... but are really worried that he is not taking solids. We gave him a little chicken soup as well(blad ofcourse)
I don't like to see a dog this age not eat anything for more than 48 hours. The older dogs don't have as many reserves as the younger ones do.One option would be to mix canned food in a blender with a lot of water (or pedialyte or clam/tuna juice or your low sodium chicken broth) to the consistency of soup or gruel. See if he will "drink" his meals.Obviously, if he won't let you look at his gums, he's probably not going to let you dribble any of this into his mouth with a syringe or turkey baster but I suppose you could try. Approach from the side of his mouth (rather than the front), insert the baster and gently squeeze it into his mouth. You could ask your vet about appetite stimulants such as Mirtazapine or Cyproheptadine or Cerenia at his checkup. These don't work in every dog, but they do work for some so I always give them a try. Deb