I'm looking for information about distemper
. Our young lab mix most likely has it and we are awaiting results from the vet to confirm.
JA: I'll do all I can to help. What seems to be the problem with the dog?
Customer: Last Wednesday night I took her to the ER Vet Hospital about midnight. She had a muscle
spasm from her back through her left leg. She was whimpering and barking. She had small eye
crust. She was kept for two days. She had a fever of 103.1 and 103.5 but the other times they took her temp, it was within the normal range. We brought her home Friday evening and she had been the same since then, with the exception that she now stays in her bed next to ours, or crawls under it. We got her from a shelter but she had no signs of any health issues. She received her first puppy shots, including distemper within 12 hours of us picking her up.
JA: Have you looked to see if there is a wound on their foot?
Customer: What would I look for? A spider bite or something else?
JA: Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about the dog?
Customer: That's all I can think of. She still eats, has not had much to drink but I put broth on her food (she's currently just eating turkey - whatever it takes). Urinating
fine. Her last stool was rather dark, but she has taken Amox/Clav the last couple of days and I think she was on antibiotics while at the hospital.
A couple of questions include should we ask for pain medication or anything to alleviate her anxiety until we have the results of her test? It may be Tuesday before we have any answers. How will we know what her life holds if she "recovers" from this? Are we being cruel keeping her alive while not knowing the answers? We have another poodle
-mix dog that is now staying somewhere else. Will it be safe to bring him home anytime soon? What sort of direct questions should we ask the vet when we are contacted with the results?
We have been treated like we have leprosy from several vets we've contacted and have no one to get a second opinion from, which I find very disheartening...
Type of Animal: Puppy/lab mix
Pet's Gender: Female
Pet's Age: <1
Name of Dog: Paris
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