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Hello, JACustomer. I have been a Veterinary Nurse for over 15 years and would be happy to help you today. I'm reviewing your question right now.
Can you tell me what symptoms you were seeing prior to Sloopy being diagnosed with hookworms?
Have there been any changes to the diet? New food, including a change of flavors or protein source within the same brand? New treats? Bones? Has any human food been fed? Torn up trash? Stressful changes to the environment?
Do you know of anything for certain that she might have eaten like tampons, condoms, toys, etc?Have they performed a barium series yet? This might also be known as "contrast x-rays" and would be a series (usually 4+ x-rays over a few hours time) to detail the intestines from the inside?
Did they mention any anemia on the bloodwork? Usually with a profound hookworm infestation we see, also, profound anemia. Perhaps less in an adult dog, but usually worth mentioning if they're having major symptoms. That said, yes, we can see severe GI complications from hookworms but I'd anticipate she'd be on the mend following the dewormer.Also, if your vets have not discussed the barium series, push for it. This may keep her out of surgery or confirm her need for it.
If they ran a CBC, this should tell them if she's anemic. It should be the same test that gave a result for the white blood cell line elevation. It sounds like they are treating for the lack of desire to eat. Anti-nausea medication should help to give her appetite back and treat the vomiting. The fluids will help to hydrate her, as well, which can suppress the desire to eat. I'd also ask about checking for pancreatitis, for good measure.
I give more credence to western medicine when it comes to a point that a dog potentially needs surgery. That said, bland diets like boiled rice and chicken breast can be very useful in these types of situation not only to get a dog back to eating but also to move stuff through the GI tract that might have been consumed. She may need a diet like this to help her GI heal following the hookworm infestation.
Sure thing. I hope she does well!