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My great dane has suddenly become very ill. She's about 6

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My great dane has suddenly become very ill. She's about 6 months old and has suddenly had fevers the past three days, been lethargic, unable to really walk, not eating or drinking, rapidly losing weight, and had a seizure the night before last. We're seeing a local vet, but he cant seem to figure out what is wrong.
Assistant: Thanks. Can you give me any more details about your issue?
Customer: Her ammonia levels are normal and a stomach xray didn't show anything abnormal.
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Her BUN and Creatinine are also elevated.
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
We have her brother and he's not sick and is very healthy. He's double her weight.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

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Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

I'm sorry that your question wasn't answered in a timely manner. While this necessarily must be conjecture, I believe that her seizure in conjunction with fever and paresis (weakness)/paralysis suggest an encephalomyelitis which in dogs is usually immune-mediated but Neospora infection also needs to be considered at her young age. Her elevated BUN and creatinine may be pre-renal (secondary to a disorder outside her kidneys) or renal; I would be pleased to review her tests results for you. Can you upload a copy of the test results to our conversation? I understand that you might not have a copy at home but her vet can give you one which you can scan into your computer and then give me the file link or you can photograph the pages and upload them by using the paperclip icon (if you can see that icon) or by using an external app such as

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
I'll see what I can do. The vet is also saying she's very small for her age and that her growth is suggesting a possible congenital issue.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

Yes, she may be genetically immunocompromised. I'll watch for your next post.

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
She had renal dysplasia and her kidneys had no internal structure. She had to be put down.
Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

My condolences for your loss. I appreciate your taking the time to let me know. You may receive an inappropriate follow-up from the site ostensibly sent by me. It wasn't and I apologize in advance should you receive it.

Expert:  Dr. Michael Salkin replied 6 months ago.

I'm just following up on our conversation about your pet. How is everything going?

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