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HELP! Need another opinion before I have to put my dog to sleep! ANY MDS??
mky444 posted:
Is there a doctor in the house???

I rescued a dog 2 years ago. She was abused terribly, had multiple bones broken, but turned out to be a good dog. When I first got her (Jack Russell Terrier 5 yrs old) She has a tiny cough. Didn't think much of it. Took her to the vet and they gave her medicine, with in a few weeks she got better. About a year later it came back in the winter and hasn't gone away. I found out she has a collapsed tricula and her cough grew worse and worse. Now, she's coughing 24/7. She's had an endoscopy and they saw she had a bacterial infection along with the collapsed tricula (Thought it was common in small dogs). She went on some medicine (I think steroids) which made her a little fat, but they kind of worked, then just stopped. She coughs when she get excited most of the time. If she's calm she's not coughing, but the vet said to put her down because it's not a "quality of life for her". She seems happy, always is smiling, doesn't look to be in distress even when coughing. I do feel bad about the cough, but there seriously has to be another option! If she was able to get better before there has to be a way for her to get better now. Not to kill the poor thing after all she's been through. Any other opinion would be greatly appreciated!
Lulu726 responded:
do not put her down until you think she and you are ready. Here is my experience and I feel very bad that I gave up so easily.
My 13 year old cat Lulu had dental work done in Jan 13 and in blood test showed negative for FeLV. He has always been indoors and has mixed with only our other cat who also was negative for Felv in Jan 12. Both cats have been with us for 13 years since 6 months old. And both do not go outside. Lulu got very thin when we went on vacation at the end of May and my son took care of him, he did not want to eat, and was dragging a leg, and was dehydrated. He had one eye that was full of white matter. The vet did a blood test that showed no cancer cells. The vet told me he had high White Blood Cells counts but was making 26 percent higher Red Blood Cells. She said he could have a very acute infection or FeLV. About the latter I was stumped as I could not believe that as he had no contact with other cats, was an indoors cat, and in Jan 13showed negative for FeLV
She put him on an antibiotic and vitamins and gave him a fluid shot. I was told the antibiotics would work for 2 weeks. He was much better after 9 days and even had an appetite and wanted to do things like be on the window, talk to us, and walk around the family room. He stopped dragging the leg and used it and it got muscle on it, but when walking turned the paw inward .There were 3 cuts on his paw and 2 healed but one was open as the vet had cut the loose skin 9 days earlier. Before my last visit and while he was on the antibiotic, I gave him some grass that I ground up and put water in it so it was grass juice, one teaspoon. He loved it. I always used to bring grass in the house for them. He got the runs for 3 days and I told the Vet at that last visit what I had done and told her I had to wash his bottom as his stools stuck to him when he squatted. I asked her to do something for the wound on leg so he could go to the bathroom better. She suggested she scrub it and clue it.
I thought he was on the way to recovery as he gained 7/10 of a pound in 9 days. I went in to the office hoping she would tell me why he could not eat when he wanted so much to eat. I wondered if the infection was from the dentistry done in Jan as since then he moved his head from side to side trying to eat and could not eat well with the top teeth removed and the bottom left ever since the surgery. She insisted that he could not eat for other reasons. What I could not understand was why she would not listen to me as I knew my cat. Because he could not eat his dry food that he loved or the shredded canned food, he dropped 5 pounds since Jan but was very active. He wanted me to offer the food to him in my hand and he ate well. This was from Jan to May before we went on vacation.
I asked her to look in his mouth. The oozing from the eye went away the very next day after I applied the ointment for the eye, but his eye would not dilate. I asked her to check the eye. With a quick check she claimed he was anemic and then proceeded to knead his stomach and told me she felt tumors. She said when you are ready to put him down bring him back. She suggested another xray that day so I was convinced that he had cancer. He had one before when I first came back from vacation, and it was not clear at all. I did not feel comfortable to make a decision that he had cancer with an xray. She claimed that it would be clearer this time as now he had no fluids, I left him at the clinic and in an hour she called to tell me he was full of cancer in his stomach and back. I was stunned and she asked me to put him down again. She said he could not eat and he did not clean himself. I gave permission but was so hesitant. If I said no she would keep him over night and wait for my decision. She convinced me that putting him down was the right thing to do.
What she never asked me was if before all this happen if he vomited hair balls. I never thought of telling her that he has been throwing up hairballs I did not tell her that he cleaned a lot.
If he gained weight of 7/10 pd in the 9 days, had an appetite, was interested in his surrounding, showed negative for FeLV in Jan, no cancer cells in blood, and was a good jumper before he got ill, used the foot better, what kind of cancer was she referring to then? Was the mass she was seeing his stomach muscle?
Was my cat put down too soon as the antibiotic was not even given a chance to work out the 14 days? I am very upset as I saw him get better every day and I wanted to give him one more month. He seemed to want to get up and join us, cleaned himself. The only problem was that with the runs he got his bottom dirty and so I restricted him to the corner of our kitchen. I told my husband I would not put him down if he was improving. I do not know how the visit ended up with an x-ray and his death. I need closure here.


William Draper, DVM, better known as "Dr. Will," is a well-known small animal practitioner in the Atlanta, GA area. He grew up in Inglewood,...More

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