Join Date: Nov 2014
Bmo is a sick puppy
Please read Bmos story
Bmo is a 7 month old puppy with a health issue that no vet has been able to diagnose as of yet. My name is Sophi and I adopted Bmo when he was 3 months old from a humane society in West Palm Beach Florida. Of all the puppies in his litter he was the only one to pay attention to me and my fiance, and not all the toys. When he was set into the separate area with us he immediately leaped up and hugged me and as we later walked away to deliberate, he began to whine this awful loud noise that echoed through the entire building. There are not words for how human-like Bmo has become and how much joy he adds to our lives. Since day one he has slept in bed with us every night, and until his recent medical issues, never once has had an accident. He learned sit, lay, high five, and even red light-green light within weeks. He is basically amazing.
BUT: Here is where it gets complicated. Within weeks of adopting him, puss began to form around his prepuce. This is actually moderately common in puppies especially recently neutered ones- which he had been about a week before adoption. So at first we wrote it off. At this point he was a fully house trained dog, he always sat by the door and waited for us. About a month in we could tell that it wasn't clearing up on it's own and that it was starting to irritate him as he would bite at his area often and the amount of puss doubled. Luckily this was around time for his last round of boosters so when we took him in for those, we had the vet take a look at his area.
Appointment 1: The vet assumed it was just a simple infection caused by the neuter or by a urinary tract infection and put him on antibiotics. This calmed the infection but it never completely went away and the moment we ran out of antibiotics it became worse that before.
Appointment 2: So about 3 weeks from the first appointment, we return. Concerned about the amount of puss and how resistant the infection is, the vet gives us stronger antibiotics, an anti-inflammation AND a liquid and syringe to flush his prepuce out with twice a day.
So we do all of this, and again the infection is calmed. But once again the moment the pills and flush run out, the infection becomes ferocious again.
Appointment 3: So at this point we start doing some tests. We do a urine analysis which shows crystals, a urine culture which later showed negative, and a blood work up. In the meantime, MORE antibiotics and anti-inflammation. All tests end up being perfectly healthy, with the exception of crystals but the vet assures us that a almost 5 month old puppy could not possibly have stones so an xray which we asked for, would be useless.
Appointment 4: Bmo has began wincing when he urinates and his stream splits several directions. The puss has built up so much it leaks on us when we play with him. At the same time he is eating less and throwing up what seems like every other day. All the vet can does is give us more of the same pills plus some pain pills and asks to redo the same tests because possibly it was a false negative. We refuse.
Appointment 5: Late the next night Bmo collapses outside. We carry his 40lbs of weak puppy inside and he begins to have muscle tremors. His entire body keeps tensing and revealing all of his ribs and any small moment is subsides is followed by him ferociously biting his penal area and the location his balls would be. Every time he attempts to stand he lifts a leg and collapses again. After he becomes somewhat stable we rush him to the emergency vet. THE BIGGEST WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY EVER. This tired looking lady does nothing. She looks him over, his body tremoring in pain and him unable to even properly stand and reports to us that xrays and ultrasounds would not yield a diagnosis and refers us instead to the specialist. She pumps him with $400 of pain meds, antibiotics, anti-inflammation, and sleep meds, and puts a cone on him since he sufficiently made his area bleed by tearing at it, and sends us home with him asleep.
Appointment 6: It takes us more than a week to get in with the specialist and by this point we are as concerned as it gets- to the point of me quitting my job and getting one specifically so that Bmo is never alone. The specialist does xrays, blood work, and follows this by repeating all of the urine tests and cultures we have already done, again, as well as bile acids to test his liver. Of all of this, the only things we learn are that his infection isn't coming from his bladder and that he doesn't have stones. The specialist has no idea what it could be or what to even look for so at this point it is just a game of performing every test and ruling everything out. We are still waiting for the results of the most recent urine culture but if this is clear our next step will be to put him under anesthesia and run a scope up his urethra.
More recently, he can no longer control his bladder. He pees himself in his sleep, and knowing it is not okay, wakes himself up with his ears tucked frightened because he has no idea it is even happening. We basically wash our bedding on a daily basis now because we refuse to not let him sleep with us, it is all he has known since the day we brought him home. The last few days he has also started walking away from his food. Anyone who has ever had a puppy, let alone a boxer/bulldog/pit breed knows that this is insanely unusual. Sometimes he doesn't even touch it for hours. We want to continue testing him but we have put ourselves into credit card debt of almost $4000 now, and this next step which is hit or miss will put us well above that. We were completely prepared for the finacial responsibilities of pet ownership but never could have imagined racking up more than $1000 in medical bills alone every month that we have had him. To add to matters, my fiance lost his job pretty soon after Bmo's adoption, so we moved about 500 miles north so that he could get a new one. We put our condo on the market and for the first time in years have been renting now in South Carolina whilst still paying on the condo in south Florida, so our saving was swiftly drained in the move which is why Bmo's bills have all been on credit. We need help, Bmo needs help, because we have no idea how much more testing it is going to take to diagnose this, let alone treat it and at this point we don't know how to keep affording it. I would rob a bank for my dog, this is the simple truth, and we will happily keep digging a giant hole of debt to treat him, but if we can find help, that would be amazing. Thanks for reading if you made it this far, I know it's a lot but this is my baby and who can't write an entire book about their child.