Hi, I'm brand new to this forum. If anyone has vet suggestions for Orlando FL I am pretty desperate to find a good one. My 2 year old Koda is a beast and was healthy up until four days ago, I went in and he was barely moving and could poop. Took him to a vet right away. He got an x ray that showed very swollen intestines and had diarheaa. He was hospitalized for two days with IV, put on metronidozole, carnivore critical care, and propectalin (probiotic/stool hardener). I took him home when he was doing a little better. Sunday night/Monday morning he was feeling a lot better, almost normal. And then over Monday he got increasingly worse, has diarrhea again, weighs less than he did when I first took him in and is barely moving. The vets had submitted a fecal culture because they were insistent the raw was what was making him sick, but it came back negative. Now they're not really sure but want to do an ultrasound for potential cancer or IBD. I don't know if anyone has similar experiences or even a vet recommendation but any information would be much appreciated. I thought we were in the clear until hes basically crashed again :/
I'm sorry to hear about your little guy. The only thing I can think of is a floating blockage. To diagnose that, you need to do a barium x-ray, because it often won't show up on a regular x-ray. However I don't think that would make him lose weight. Hopefully Sherry or Heather will have some better advice. I'm going to look for our list of vets and will post what I find.
UPDATE I got him to a better vet who did Barium and seems much more knowledgeable. So the other vet said negative culture but in fact he had a gram negative bacteria Pseudomonas putida as the most prevalent in the fecal. The new vet said he cant find any cases of this but put him on a different antibiotic. Koda also exhibits shivering and twitching, especially when scruffed. He definitely perks up when given pain meds and essentially doesnt move towards the later end of a dose. The vet has gone over the x rays again trying to find anything that could be injuring him. His poops are still diarrhea but the abdomen swelling seems to be going down. He is currently with the vet, tried activated charcoal today to see if maybe he someone has something toxic in him. The symptoms just don't line up with anything so it's really frustrating and I was hoping to find somone with a similar experience but havent been able to.
Poor little guy. I'm glad you found a better vet, and that they were able to rule out a blockage. Shivering can also be a sign of pain so it's good that you have him on pain meds. Hopefully Sherry or Heather have some ideas. Hang in there and let us know how it goes.
I had one with a gram negative bacteria as well. She had a chronic sinus infection that would develop an abscess between her eyes. Clindimycin was one of the only two antibiotics that would have worked for her. The other was metro, and I flatly refuse to use that if there is an option. The problem was that the antibiotic had to be given on a pulse therapy for the rest of her life, as even a month on a high dose didn't kick it entirely.
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