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NEED HELP figuring out health issue with my Labradoodle.
lolyfe1966 posted:
I have a 5 year old female Labradoodle. For the past 6 months or so she shows signs of being ill. Lethargic, loss of appetite, unresponsive to playful activities. About every 2 weeks, these symptoms come up for a couple days then shes normal again. She will barely take treats as well during these periods, even meat. We've brought her in, and they've ran tests but found nothing. We live in the woods so we had her tested for parasites in case shes ingested various animal feces she's come across. Anyone have any ideas?

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Bernadine Cruz, DVM responded:
Dear lolyfe1966,
How frustrating for you and uncomfortable for your Labradoodle. Finding an answer to a situation like this can be exhaustive and take some persistence. Not sure what testing other than a fecal analysis has been performed. There are times when tests need to be repeated especially when the pet is experiencing signs of illness. I would strongly recommend revisiting your veterinarian while she is not feeling well. Additional or repeat tests such as radiographs, blood work, pancreas testing, ultrasound and repeat fecal analysis may be needed. I wish there was an easy answer, the poll will likely not give you or your pet the results that you deserve.
Best of luck.....


Bernadine D. Cruz, DVM, is an associate veterinarian at Laguna Hills Animal Hospital, Laguna Hills, Calif. She specializes in companion animal medicin...More

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