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My Sick Border Collie

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My Border Collie bitch had 2 puppies (very large) 1 month ago, her health has slowly become very poor, she has been tested for eclamsia, lyme and had xrays. The vet cannot find out what is wrong with her. She walks very stiff, she has a slight fever, she does not have an ounce of energy. I am slowly weaning the pups, they are doing fine. I don't know what else to do. This is her 3rd litter. The 1st she had 7, no problems, the 2nd 5, no problems, 2 large ones and she is a very sick dog. What else can I do to make her well?
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Pet
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
I would supplement her with goats milk even if the vet doesn't think its ecclampsia.
It won't hurt her and it might help.
If you have not wormed her I'd consider doing that too.
If the vet has not tried her on a safe antibiotic for nursing dams then I would do that too. I'd worry about the possibility of a uterine infection simmering in there as the likeliest source of the problem.
Hope this helps you!
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Nancy Holmes's Post: She is on a calcium supplement and antibiotic. She had a antibiotic shot and calcium shot. They also inserted water under her skin. I am also giving her extra vitamins and glucosimun. She is not getting better, it has been a state of deterioration since the pups were born. I have not wormed her, I will ask the vet tomorrow. She has been tested though and is on Senteniel.

Thank you,
Expert:  NancyH replied 11 years ago.
I wonder if she has an injury to her uterus or an infection there then.
I personally do not find the calcium supplements do as good a job as the goats milk - the milk seems to have more of what the dogs need and I give it throughout the day instead of just once or twice.
And I found this about Sentinal
http://www.petwellness.com/health_topics/en/dog_heartworms.shtml
In a small percentage of dogs treated with SENTINEL Flavor Tabs, digestive, neurologic and skin side effects may occur.
You might try taking her off that and using another med instead.
And you might make sure that when the vet tested for Lyme he also tested for the other tick diseases such as ehrlicia and babeosis.
Good luck with her and the pups!

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