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Hi everybody,

Pancho is a 1.5 y/o Jack Russell Terrier. He's been vaccinated when he was a puppy with Nobivac DHPPi and Nobivac Lepto 2. He never had any particular health complaints a part for a ring worm infection (treated, but left a rounded scar on his front leg) and a minor infection which solved itself quickly with some generic antibiotics.

His diet should be pretty good: we cook for him every 4-5 days mainly brown rice or brown pasta mixed with cooked meat (chicken or beef) and plenty of vegs, both cooked and row. Sometimes we put some olive oil and primrose oil in his food. He also took some pro/pre-biotics on and off. His treats are dry sausages.

He has always been a very active, muscular dog. He gets plenty of activity and he's very bright. He goes hunting for bunnies and foxes and other animals in the bushes in Scotland. He's very sociable and of good nature.

About 10 days ago we notice he's not the usual himself. First thing we notice he shakes. A visible tremor occurs, looks like it happens when he inhales. He's becomes quieter and quieter, he doesn't want to go out when normally he always wants to shoot outside the door. Sometimes he asks to go out but when out he just either sits just outside the door or he wants to come back home straight away. He seems to pee and poo normally, but we noticed that when he lifts his leg he's unstable in his balance. At home he doesn't seem to follow his usual rest/activity patterns. He sits on the floor looking numb and he lays down, but he doesn't really go to sleep in his bed.

His appetite is 40-50% than normal. He drinks water, maybe a little bit more than normal.

We take him to the vet and she finds his temperature to be really high. She finds his glands swollen. She gives him an injection of generic antibiotic and anti-inflammatory and she asks us to continue with antibiotics at home and to keep an eye on him. On that evening he seems to be a little bit more active and brighter, he takes a small walk and he seems to be more bouncy and energetic.

Overnight same story. He doesn't come to bed with us as usual and he seems just to stay there, awake, looking at us from the floor. He wakes us up around 4am moaning but after a while he quiets down again. He's still shaking.

The day after we take him back to the vet and she decides to take blood and urine samples. She injects him with more antibiotic. She takes x-rays of abdomen and chest. The results don't show anything abnormal and she decides to refer us to the hospital vet. Once there a deeper, full examination and more tests are performed, including a neurological test. They confirm the swollen glands and he seems to have some complaints fully bending his neck downward, left and right. The blood test results show a worrying low level of platelets, to the extent that they are near to zero and spontaneous internal bleeding is feared. He doesn't show any signs of internal or external bleeding. They ask us to leave him there for observation and to get more tests done.

It's 4 days he's there. They phone us everyday updating us on the situation. Pancho seems to be quite bright and active, but once back indoor he quiets down, shakes and literally sleeps on his feet, even if it appears to happen with less intensity than before. He eats plenty.

They took a sample from his glands and the results are negative.

They put him from day 1 on a different, more specific antibiotic as they suspect a systemic infection.

The platelets are still near to zero and they don't show any sign of improvement.

Tomorrow or after tomorrow they should receive the results for the bug culture (I apologise for my poor terminology) to see if it's the case of a bacterial infection.

They might want to send us to the vet hospital in Glasgow to perform him some deeper neurological tests.

Reading a little on the internet I came across thrombocytopenia as a possibility.

I'm posting here to hope some owner or vet can give me their opinion based on a similar experience or specific knowledge.

Please help. We're experiencing some dreadful time and we're dead worried.

This is a photo of Pancho: paquito

He's our special one.

Many thanks
Paolo
 

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I am so sorry to hear about his illenss, that must be very worrying for you, I dont know of anyone who have had a dog with those symptoms so I cant help you sorry, I do hope you find out what is causing the problems. He is a lovely looking dog aswell. I had thought about the rabbiting, some rabbits carry certain diseases and I was wondering if he had eaten part of a rabbit that had some problems with it.????? You are doing the right thing though and the vets will be able to come up with a conclusion for you soon, and he can be treated for it and then on the mend fully. Good Luck to you and hugs for Pancho xxxxxxxxxxxxxx
 
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I do hope that someone that has experience of this, sees your thread.
Fingers crossed for you and you little one
 

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Sorry to hear about your little dog, I personally cant offer any advice, but he is with the experts so hopefully they will come up with a solution very soon.

The only advice i can give is try to resist trawling the internet for a diagnosis, there are some terrible scare stories to be found, and you will do yourself NO favours, imagining all sorts! Put your faith in the proffessionals.....fingers crossed for you, please let us know when you have some results XXXXX
 

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About 10 days ago we notice he's not the usual himself. First thing we notice he shakes. A visible tremor occurs, looks like it happens when he inhales. He's becomes quieter and quieter, he doesn't want to go out when normally he always wants to shoot outside the door. Sometimes he asks to go out but when out he just either sits just outside the door or he wants to come back home straight away. He seems to pee and poo normally, but we noticed that when he lifts his leg he's unstable in his balance. At home he doesn't seem to follow his usual rest/activity patterns. He sits on the floor looking numb and he lays down, but he doesn't really go to sleep in his bed.

His appetite is 40-50% than normal. He drinks water, maybe a little bit more than normal.
has your dog had any ticks on him?
 

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Sadly, I have personal experience of this. My dog who was extremely special to me had autoimmune thrombocytopenia.

I will keep this polst neutral though because I will be otherwise too emotionally involved and upset to be of any help.
There is NO positive test for auto-immune thrombocytopenia; other causes must be eliminated in order to conclude that the thrombocytopenia is immune-mediated.

You need to :
test for parasites such as elrichia and ricketsia which can cause low blood platelets,
chest and abdominal x ray to rule out any tumours,
ultrasound of spleen,
lymph nodes must be checked.

A bone marrow aspirate is the only way to diagnose/rule out bone marrow cancer but this is excpetionally risky in a dog with such low platelets...there are some blood tests e.g. for polynucleate red blood cells ( if i remember correctly) which can suggest cancer is present, but these are not conclusive.

If the problem is autoimmune thrombocytopenia it is usually manageable with steroids such as prednisolone. However, this does not always work and sometimes stronger and mroe dangerous drugs are needed such as those used in the treatment of leukaemia (vincristine).

The drugs used to manage autoimmune problems are not, however, without their adverse side effects. Prednisolone can cause diseases such as Cushings disease (hyperadrenocorticism) if given at high doses for a prolonged period of time.

I am so sorry that you are in this sitution with your dog. PLease keep us posted, and if I can be of any more help let me know.
 

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O Gosh what a dreadful time for Pancho and you.

You must be crazy with worry. I can't offer any advice but my thoughts are with you and dear Pancho

Fingers are crossed for him

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Thanks everybody!

Pancho had x-rays and they don't show anything abnormal.

I'll point out to the vet your indications and see what she says.

Thank you very much for your help and I'll keep you posted in (almost) real time.

cheers
paolo
 

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Really sorry to hear this. Pancho is a beautiful boy and I truly hope they can make him better really soon.
 

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Hello,

Pancho is back home and he's well!

We had a phone call from the hospital saying that his platelets count is increasing, still very low but increasing. IT was 14 when normal range is 200-500, no it's 44. On Thursday he's going to have new tests to monitor this.

He looks so much better, full of life and very bright. He doesn't shake anymore and he doesn't sleep on his feet anymore either.

They are still waiting for the results to see if it was a tick born infection or something else. They told us they're seeing an increasing number of these cases in the Edinburgh area but they don't know the cause.

He responded well to the antibiotic Ronaxan.

You can imagine how happy we are.

I'd like to thank everybody here, it has been an amazing support in these horrible days. Please don't refrain from contacting me if in need of more info about his condition.

Cheers
Paolo
 

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Hello,

Pancho is back home and he's well!

We had a phone call from the hospital saying that his platelets count is increasing, still very low but increasing. IT was 14 when normal range is 200-500, no it's 44. On Thursday he's going to have new tests to monitor this.

He looks so much better, full of life and very bright. He doesn't shake anymore and he doesn't sleep on his feet anymore either.

They are still waiting for the results to see if it was a tick born infection or something else. They told us they're seeing an increasing number of these cases in the Edinburgh area but they don't know the cause.

He responded well to the antibiotic Ronaxan.

You can imagine how happy we are.

I'd like to thank everybody here, it has been an amazing support in these horrible days. Please don't refrain from contacting me if in need of more info about his condition.

Cheers
Paolo
That is amazing news:) Hope he keeps doing well:)
 
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