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Old 03-08-2015, 08:44 AM   #1 (permalink)
 

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I need some advice on health of my 10 year old baby

I have a 10 year old pit who for the past couple months has been very lethargic and acts like he's very uncomfortable. He trembles very badly in the morning and daytime for a couple hours. He has labored breathing when he tries to sleep and very very bloodshot eyes 24/7. He is drinking about 2-3x his normal amount. Sometimes he gets a pot belly that comes and goes randomly. He never vomits, he eats normal, and his stool looks normal. I have taken him to 2 vets. I had a full blood panel and urinalysis done. They found protein in urine as well as high cholestorol and elevated ALP (1200) and ALT (225.) I also had an xray of chest and it didnt show anything abnormal.

I had a liver ultrasound done and they said it looked normal but that one of his kidneys looked abnormal. It had rigid looking crooked edges and the other one was totally smooth and oval shaped. He has been on Antibiotics for the protein in the urine but it didn't seem to do anything. He doesn't sleep well at night and in the morning and afternoon he starts trembling badly for a couple hours.

They have prescribed him tramadol and Gabapentin for his pain and it has helped with the shaking. It makes him seem like a zombie though. The vets don't really know where to go from here except to refer me to a specialist out of the area and I don't have that kind of money. I love my dog very much I have had him since he was a puppy and he has never been sick before. I don't know where to go from this point. He doesn't seem to be getting better and his energy level is so low and he looks so sad all the time. He doesn't even enjoy his rides anymore, he just blankly stares ahead. Any ideas are greatly appreciated. Thank you.

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Old 03-09-2015, 11:50 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It sounds like you are doing what you can.,.
as far as ideas.. Well, Do all you can to make him comfortable, make him feel as loved as ever before, start introducing some more raw treats for him; goat heads! Go for super casual walks in some woods somewhere..
Enjoy the time you have left
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I read this the other day. I am also going through a similar situation with my 10-year old son. All of a sudden he wasn't himself, not eating and very lethargic. Took him to the vet, blood work and x-rays. Nothing particularly out of the norm, maybe a bit anemic except he seemed to have fluid in his abdomen. Got a second opinion, chest x-ray showed nothing, blood work still similar. Will be having an abdomen ultrasound this Friday.

He is perfectly himself for a couple of days and then seems to regress. Yesterday he was playing with his brothers, walking and eating fine, today not so much at all. Any thoughts?
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