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Hello all, I am new here and came accross it looking for some info about my dog.

I know this is something we all have to deal with as pet owners. My dog is 13, he is a cross breed. Over the last 5 months he has got noticeably older ie a bit slower, sleeps more, but on the good side he is lively, eat and drinks withouth fail, loves food, will fetch his ball when you throw it even though he walks or jogs now. To me he seems to look forward to a lot of things still. I took him for a claw clipping at the vets on sunday and the nurse said that there was a loss of condition with him. She said his stomach seemed bigger and maybe swollen, and that dogs like this just fall over and die ( not much of a bedside manner ). So the next day he saw the vet there, we walked in to the room and the vet said that he has lost condition and made the following observations:
-Pale gums
-Bigger stomach section

He said that if we had taken him in to be put to sleep then he wouldnt be shocked. He took blood shots and we get results on friday, and gave us a low dose of frusemide and some vit b.

The thing is, I dont know what to do now, he seems to genuinely enjoy most of his life now, i mean he is slower walking and sleeps more but food / drink fine, and going to the toilet he is fine with, he likes walks and likes to play. On the other hand I dont know if there is something wrong with him and if he is in pain. He has a quarter of a previcox a day anyway just for muscle and bone pains ( he broke a leg when he was a pup) . He has 3 large bumps ( one a golf ball size and the other 2 a marble size ) on his body, they have been there for about 4 years and whenever we take him in to get checked the 2 vets there have said they doubt they are bothering him and that he is too old to operate anyway. Again yesterday he said not to worry about those.

Any advice / info would be great. Thank you all so much in advance.
 

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Doesn't sound like a nice vet!

I'd wait on the blood tests. Sounds to me like he is just an OAP :)
 

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Thats what we thought, we thought he was just slowing down as he is getting older. it was like the vet was describing a different dog than the one we see and know. Hopefully the blood tests will show nothing / something that can be treated.

Thank you for your reply. If anybody else has any thoughts please post!
 

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I have to admit that did occur to me, in fact I had been reading about it early this morning (odd but true).

I found some info here that might help: Bloat - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Good luck and I hope your chap does well :)
 

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If you are not happy with your vet you are within your rights to go elsewhere. But I would wait for the test results as he does sound poorly and your vet may be preparing you for the worst. I do hope that whatever is wrong is something that can be treated successfully. Good luck.
 

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If nothing comes back on the blood tests and it is just symtoms of 'old age' and he seems happy in himself then i'd carry on as normal, a vet once said to me that a dog will in his/her own way let you know when they've had enough, when its time to go and he doesnt sound as if he's reached that point yet. I hope the tests come back all clear and you have many more slow games of ball ahead of you.
 

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I have spoken to my vets colleague today, my vet is away til tomorrow. He said the results are back and that there was a "change" in the results - not sure what he means with hindsight as Spike hasnt had a blood test in a few years. Whether he means there is a change in the "forecast" based on the results, not sure. There seems to be a build up of fluid in his abdomen, if that is the case do any of you have any experiences with this? Can they remedy it? He is on a low dose of diuretics as of monday just gone and vit b ( not sure what the vit b is for ). We take him to discuss the results with the vet tomorrow evening.

PS Thank you for all of your comments / advice - feel free to post any more.
 

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Sorry your dog isnt well,im afraid i have no advise but really wanted to wish you all the best at the vets tomorrow,and hope they give you some answers and help your Spike to be more comfortable xx
 

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Our vet seems to think it is liver disease, he did a urine test on friday last week to get more details - we get results of this tomorrow. Has anyone had any experience of this?
 

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Oh im sorry to hear that,hopefully you will have more answers when the test results come back.Iv no experience of this,but hopefully someone who does will come along soon.x
 

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Hello again all, thanks for your posts. This morning the vet called us and he thinks it is Cushings disease, do any of you have any info on treatment etc etc?
 

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Canine Cushing's Information and Support Forums

talk to the people here!

Mums dog charlie (14 now) had a number of tests for cushings but thankfully they came back negative.

The people on that forum will know EVERYTHING there is to know about cushings, advances in treatment, therapy options etc. They have a number of specialist vets worldwide which help out too.
 

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Hello all, I am new here and came accross it looking for some info about my dog.

I know this is something we all have to deal with as pet owners. My dog is 13, he is a cross breed. Over the last 5 months he has got noticeably older ie a bit slower, sleeps more, but on the good side he is lively, eat and drinks withouth fail, loves food, will fetch his ball when you throw it even though he walks or jogs now. To me he seems to look forward to a lot of things still. I took him for a claw clipping at the vets on sunday and the nurse said that there was a loss of condition with him. She said his stomach seemed bigger and maybe swollen, and that dogs like this just fall over and die ( not much of a bedside manner ). So the next day he saw the vet there, we walked in to the room and the vet said that he has lost condition and made the following observations:
-Pale gums
-Bigger stomach section

He said that if we had taken him in to be put to sleep then he wouldnt be shocked. He took blood shots and we get results on friday, and gave us a low dose of frusemide and some vit b.

The thing is, I dont know what to do now, he seems to genuinely enjoy most of his life now, i mean he is slower walking and sleeps more but food / drink fine, and going to the toilet he is fine with, he likes walks and likes to play. On the other hand I dont know if there is something wrong with him and if he is in pain. He has a quarter of a previcox a day anyway just for muscle and bone pains ( he broke a leg when he was a pup) . He has 3 large bumps ( one a golf ball size and the other 2 a marble size ) on his body, they have been there for about 4 years and whenever we take him in to get checked the 2 vets there have said they doubt they are bothering him and that he is too old to operate anyway. Again yesterday he said not to worry about those.

Any advice / info would be great. Thank you all so much in advance.
What a horrible vet!

By the sound of things your dog is still enjoying his life, although is not as active as he used to be. Old age and illness gets to them all in the end, but the main thing is that while your dog is still able to eat, drink and do all of the other things you mention then, even if he does have an illness it does not sound as if it is causing him distress.

You will know if and when he is not able to cope with things any more.
 

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Hi,

Im really sorry to hear that Spike isnt so well.

Hope that if it's cushings, your vet can give him something to make him more comfy. I could be wrong but I'm sure horses can live happily around it so hopefully it will be the same for dogs.
 

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We have an official diagnosis, Cushings disease. Spike starts on the drug vetoryl tonight. To be fair to the vet he has got this diagnosis really quick, at first we were really worried that he would have to be put to sleep but we feel more positive now that atleast he is being treated. The vet recommended giving him liver for the iron. Has anybody got any other ideas about how we can keep him healthy and happy? Thanks for all your posts by the way.
 
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Definately NOT bloat, bloat is very easy to recognize, and I doubt there is not a vet in the world who would not identify it in nano seconds. Also as another poster has said bloat kills very quickly, and the dog would be in agony.

Has a tumour been ruled out.
 
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I am sorry I missed your post, and see that the vet has diagnosed cushings.
There is much information on the internet regarding this, and groups that deal specially with dogs suffering from this.

Milt thisle is good for the liver, and would think the vet has maybe told you a low protein diet.
 
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