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Something is wrong with our boy

Discussion in 'Doberman Health Issues and Questions' started by Crawford623, Jan 14, 2019.

  1. Crawford623

    Crawford623 Lurking Member

    hello new here, we have a 9 almost 10 year old male Doberman. The last three months he has gone downhill. We have taken him to the vet and all bloodwork is normal, but he is very ill. His symptoms are weight loss normal weighs 75 lbs he is down to 66 lbs. he looks like skin and bones. He seems to be in pain, favors his front left leg. Has had reoccurring UTIs, the vets did an abdominal ultrasound and didn’t find anything. He just lays in his bed and won’t even get up or pick his head up to look at us. He will get up to go outside when the door opens but he just doesn’t get excited anymore at all. It’s just Not like him at all!!!! So the vet said they are stumped and we’re doing a trial with some meds: prednisone, amoxicillin, zeniquin, and doxycycline, and Pepcid for steroids. He has had two days on the meds. I have seen a big difference in his behavior he is more spunky but not 100% like he used to be... also noticed he is getting up better not so stiff and no yelping when getting up... not sure what I am trying to ask... but maybe has anyone been through this? Any ideas on what it could be? Any info on what to expect? I hate to see him like this! Tia!

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  2. LifeofRubie

    LifeofRubie Notable member

    I'm not sure but there are a lot of members on here with a lot of knowledge who I'm sure will chime in.

    Do you know what they tested him for when they the blood work tests? Anything specific? Eating and going potty ok?
  3. Crawford623

    Crawford623 Lurking Member

    They did a full work up on blood they said and checked for tick borne illness, they did so much I really don’t know what all they did... but they did a differential and said something was abnormal with his blood cells but they never told me what... and they haven’t been concerned about that part... he’s eating good! I have been feeding him constantly to try to get weight to stay on him.. he is good pottying... he is intact.. and might be too old to neuter the vet recommended neutering him when he’s in better shape.. so his prostate was enlarged and symmetrical but has some abnormality not sure what that means... I have to bring him for a follow up in a week, I just wish we knew what was causing all this! He’s still favoring his leg not as much since the prednisone...
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  4. Crawford623

    Crawford623 Lurking Member

    Vet did a body condition rating and he is a 2!!!! He’s so skinny!
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  5. Ddski5

    Ddski5 Hot Topics Subscriber $ Forum Donor $

    Significant weight loss and still eating all his meals? Or loss of appetite leading to reduced weight?

    Separate thought:
    From all the threads I have read about Doberman illness, thyroid issues, such as hypothyroidism/hyperthyroidism, seem to be a main culprit for MANY maladies.

    Vet do a thyroid panel?
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  6. Oh Little Oji

    Oh Little Oji Formerly Tad Hot Topics Subscriber $ Forum Donor $

    Have you checked every joint for pain? Can you tell if his spine is having pain?
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  7. JanS

    JanS DCF Owner Administrative Staff Moderator Hot Topics Subscriber

    So sorry he's going through this. I agree that a thyroid panel would be in order, if the vet didn't already do one.
  8. strykerdobe

    strykerdobe Hot Topics Subscriber

    If he is that much underweight I would try and feed him anything that he will eat.
    You can try Chicken or Beef Bone Broth. Depending on where you live some of the smaller pet food stores have pre made.

    In the event he will not eat. Get some good quality canned food you can force feed him by mouth. Just get a catheter syringe, thin down the canned food with warm water or even the bone broth. Then place in the back corner of his mouth and slowly feed him.
    Also maybe a second opinion from a different Vet??
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  9. Crawford623

    Crawford623 Lurking Member

    He is eating on his own.. he acts like he’s starving he eats so much!i have been feeding him as much as he will eat! The thyroid I will have to ask if they ran one... I know they charged almost 300 dollars just in bloodwork stuff... thank you and I will keep y’all posted
  10. LifeofRubie

    LifeofRubie Notable member

    We just paid $200 for thyroid work in Chicago area so doubtful :( should look into pet insurance before they diagnose something if you don't have it already. Usually takes 14 days for coverage to kick in. Hope you can figure it out! Feels so helpless when they're in pain and you don't know why...
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  11. Ddski5

    Ddski5 Hot Topics Subscriber $ Forum Donor $

    I like Oji’s thoughts on checking his joints and spine.

    I have read a couple of posts in which Dobermans had nerve impingement and/or spinal cord issues. Not too long ago, a member’s Doberman jumped and hurts his back pretty bad.

    It would explain why he is feeling better after getting prednisone and steroids.
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  12. bulldobe

    bulldobe New Member

    hi- my doberman is roughly the same age as yours and is going through similar. how is your baby now? what was the diagnosis?
  13. Crawford623

    Crawford623 Lurking Member

    Our Doberman is still skinny, he is a lot better, the vet has kept him on the steroids for months, we tested for a lot of things, nothing came back with an answer... they think lymphoma so the prednisone is helping... He seems happy so we’re just continuing...
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  14. bulldobe

    bulldobe New Member

    what is his current weight?
  15. Crawford623

    Crawford623 Lurking Member

    He was 67 lbs at his last check, the lowest he got was 66 lbs, he used to stay average about 74 lbs...
  16. Panama

    Panama Hot Topics Subscriber

    Check liver function
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  17. Tropicalbri's

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    I would have them do a T3 T4 and look at the liver for possible copper storage. The symptoms he is displaying show up in a lot of the diseases. Have they checked him for DCM?
    Did they do any xrays of his limbs or abdomen, thorax?
  18. Kaiser2016

    Kaiser2016 Active Member

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