Poorly whippet

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  1. pat101

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    Thought I would share this tale to raise awareness in case it helps anyone else.

    Our Whippet puppy, 7 months, started to become a little quieter than normal on 23rd December. Nothing specific, no vomiting/diarrhoea but not zooming around like her normal self.

    By Xmas eve she was off her food but still no specific symptoms. She pooped in the house during the night and by the morning she was really poorly. No energy, refusing to look at food or drink. We called the vet who was great and met us at the surgery immediately.

    Ruby was found to have a high temperature and the vet diagnosed collitis. Gave us antibiotics and a gel to bind her up.

    She continued to get worse and we had to call the vet again on 30th December. vet did X rays and found her whole colon impacted with poo but no foreign bodies. Gave the poor dog an enema and send her home.

    The whole time the dog is getting thinner and thinner, not eating/ drinking. She was very reluctant to move at all, not able to go up/down stairs at all. Temperature still sky high, becoming dehydrated.

    Back to the vet who now thinks there may be a partial blockage in the gut not showing on the X Ray. Exploratory surgery revealed nothing abnormal at all.

    Vet now out of ideas so offers to refer us to a specialist. Went to Cave veterinary in Wellington. We weren't in there more than 10 minutes when the vet says " I'm 95% sure this dog has meningitis"

    Another GA and a spinal tap, revealed inflammation in the CSF (spinal fluid). Its definately meningitis but we are still waiting on blood work to confirm which type.

    Ruby now on steroids and improving rapidly smile

    Total vet bill accumulated since 23rd December now just over 3K.

    Take home messages

    1. If you possibly can, have pet insurance and 2. If your vet seems stumped, ask them if they have considered meningitis. Its not all that common but it DOES happen and peak incidence is in dogs under 2 years.

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    She's doing great now though.
     
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    Glad to hear she is doing well xxxx
     
  3. Chris

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    Poor dog and poor you.

    Glad things are looking up:thumb:
     
  4. Dawn B

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    Glad the poor thing is getting better
     
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    Pleased to read she's on the mend:thumb:
     
  6. gibbon

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    Poor girl, glad she's on the mend:Smile:
    Thanks a lot for the heads up re meningitis :thumb:
     
  7. Tootles

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    There has been a dog virus circulating our area for the past couple of months now, with exactly the same symptoms as you describe. It seems to be lasting for two weeks, with some dogs passing blood as well as being violently sick. For some reason our local vets seem to be stumped by this, although many dogs are catching it. Very scary if your dog is suffering, but locally, all the dogs affected have made a full recovery after a fortnight. Glad to hear your dog is getting better. :thumb:
     
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    glad your dogs well now::bigsmile: but 3k:Eeek:
     
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    Glad Rubys getting better poor little mite.:Sad:
     
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    Glad Ruby's getting better. She looks to be thriving on all the fuss!
     
  11. SharonL

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    So pleased to hear they diagnosed it correctly in time to get her through OK, great to know she's improving bless her :Smile:

    I know everyone has different views on various insurances but personally I have my two cats insured so that, if anything like this happens, I know I can get them the best care without worrying about the bill running up - and when you need specialist treatment, boy does that bill run up.

    If I have to cut expenses anywhere, I do it on other things, not my pet cover.
     
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    Bless her!

    It looks like she's convalescing in the lap of luxury though :thumb:
     
  13. irnbru

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    Great to read she's on the mend. 3k is a lot of money to spend especially at xmas time. My dog got sick around the same time 2 yrs ago and I was just over 1K and like you I never had him insured but what can you do when they are part of the family.

    It makes me angry when people who are on low wages get no help with vet bills yet the unemployed do. Another fine of example of why people say they are better of on the dole.
     

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