It's a guinea pig with sneeze and crusty nose, Theo and Ron.
It's a guinea pig with sneeze and crusty noseJA: I'm sorry to hear that. What is the guinea pig's name and age?Customer: Theo and Ron. We just got them two weeks ago from pet store.JA: How old is Theo?Customer: Probably 8-10 weeks?JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Theo?Customer: He ate some duct tape the other day.JA: The Veterinarian will know if Theo will be able to digest that. OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Veterinarian about your situation and then connect you two.Customer: But the sneezing was before that
Veterinarian and practice owner
Hello,We are very concerned about our 6-year old mixed
Hello, We are very concerned about our 6-year old mixed breed dog. He has had a wide range of chronic and acute health problems that we feel might be suggestive of an immune disorder. We would like to hear your thoughts and more specifically, to identify whatever tests would be appropriate to definitively determine what is going on with him. Health history: Very sick puppy, from 3-6+ months. Rescued from shelter during an outbreak of distemper. His symptoms were difficult to distinguish – between severe URI or distemper. Treated with an experimental distemper treatment, he survived. We will never know if vet’s “cure” succeeded, or it was an unidentified respiratory illness Tested positive for Lyme about 4 years ago and was treated with antibiotics. Had swollen joints. Had two TPLOs for CCL injuries about a year apart. The last was about 1 year ago. He healed very well from both, but from time to time, favors or limps on a leg for a day or a few days and recovers. Prone to ear infections; has had several eye infections. Had neither in last year. He has a mild heart murmur About 3 years ago, began to suffer from skin problems – initially hot spots, then a mildly crusty nose and secondary sores/infections, primarily yeast infections. Two years ago, this was diagnosed as allergies and he was/is treated with allergy shots to desensitize him. He showed modest improvement the next summer. Recent/current issues: He developed depigmentation on his nose at nostril, lips and inside his mouth over the last 1-2 years About 6-8 months ago, developed small bald patches (from the size of a dime to the size of a nickel) on his back and sides. Diagnosed as pyoderma and successfully treated with antibiotics. A few months later, about 3 months ago, his abdomen and groin were very irritated, itchy and seemed to have a yeast infection. At the same time, we noticed slight urinary incontinence that we/vet thought was contributing to this – he was leaving very small wet spots when resting. He did not have a UTI and we started him on PPA and chlorhexadine baths for the yeast infection. Within days after the yeast infection above, he suddenly developed a very foul, fishy smell and his groin/stomach appeared much worse. He also had a fever. We brought him into the vet and he was hospitalized overnight. He was diagnosed with severe bacterial infections of about 10 different bacteria, including several antibiotic resistant strains. He took several different antibiotics, continued on the PPA and recovered. About a month ago, one lower rear leg became swollen at and above the ankle. (It was not the joint, but rather a fluidy edema-type swelling.) He also had a red, raised lesion on the knee. He also had another flare up of various skin infections on groin, abs and his tail with fever again. His crusty nose became much worse, his eyes were rheumy and irritated and his tongues strangely slimy and bright red. He seemed extremely ill. We took him into emergency, and he was started on two different antibiotics and an antifungal. The lesion was biopsied/removed and we were told it is a histiocytoma. An x-ray showed inflammation inside his leg was causing the swelling, but the orthopedist said he did not think it was an infection of the TPLO. Blood tests showed some anemia and his urine was slightly dilute. His skin infections improved over the course of the antibiotics, but his crusty nose and eyes did not. He also remained lethargic, and developed new symptoms: heavy, foamy drooling and licking the air and oddly “chomping” at food when eating, like he had mouth pain or difficulty swallowing. Vet advised us to discontinue antibiotics and antifungals. The only change since doing so is a little less lethargy. He appears to have lost weight and muscle mass. His leg still swells on and off Increased thirst; heavy water drinking – ½ a bowl at a sitting Increased appetite We take our dog to a large veterinary hospital and find he has been bounced from specialist to specialist so much that nobody has really taken all of his symptoms into account. No further testing at all has been done to try to get to the root of why our dog has such continual ill health and see if there is an underlying cause. The dermatologist took the lead on his care and just feels it is an allergy and argues that is enough of an explanation for everything. We obviously worry it might be lupus or a similar immune disease. If you wanted to do a completely exhaustive, definitive series of tests to either confirm or rule out – EVERY test that you would think to run -- what would they be? On Monday we are taking him to an internal medicine vet and want to make sure we are completely armed with information. Thank you so much for your help. Susan
Doctor of Veterinary Medicine
My ten yr old Yorkshire became ill with pancreatitis abt three
My ten yr old Yorkshire became ill with pancreatitis abt three months ago. He has returned to fairly good health, but I am worried about the crusty nose he developed while sick. It looks sore and by touch it's hard and seems to be tender. My vet tell me that they have no idea what causes this and not to worry. However, it has an appearance of eroding away-- almost as though it will drop off if it continues.His nose has been runny since becoming ill.Virginia Meeker
border collie: my 10 year..10 year old..treated her for years..oxide
my 10 year old border collie has always had a skinned looking nose, for about six months she has had a sore crusty nose. I have treated her for years with zinc oxide and recently started using vetericyn.when it became hard and crusty. Its been about two weeks and it is still crusty but now has started to peel off to a raw red skin underneath. I have a feeling that it is a cancer, but was hoping it could be treated anyway..