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Thread: High (40 deg) fever, lethergy, no appetite in 8 year old mini foxie

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    Hi all - I have just returned from the vet for the third time this week. Last Friday my mini foxie Belle (8 years old) suddenly stopped eating, barking, pooping, walking and playing ball. So on Saturday, when her appetite didn't return (and she started to run a high fever) I took her to the vet. He prescribed antibiotics and gave her an injection to bring the fever down. I kept giving her water in an eye dropper and trying to tempt her with cooked chicken. By yesterday, she ate about two tablespoons of chicken however was back to a high fever and not eating (after going to the vet for an anti nausea med given my attempts to feed her over the weekend resulted in her being sick). They are keeping her at the vet on a drip today for fluids/ nutrition and doing bloods.

    The antibiotics don't seem to be working. She is up to date on vaccinations but plays at the dog park regularly. She is however a rescue dog with a long and frustrating history of separation anxiety which seems to resolve for a while and come back at the slightest change of routine (I have tried everything with this and she can only cope with being left alone in a very snug anxiety wrap and lots of toys). If it isn't an infection or a disease she is vaccinated against, then what could cause a persistent high fever and general illness like this? Given that she's only 8 it couldn't be organ failure or cancer could it? Would her high anxiety trigger early onset? She is not one to eat bits of rubbish etc on walks - (her sister Panda does that if allowed so I am on the lookout for it) - so I'd be surprised if it's gastro. I have 3 other dogs and they aren't showing signs of this illness.

    I hope she's going to be ok - her anxiety and barking have caused me a great deal of misery since I have had her but she is also a really nice little dog who is very sensitive to how I'm feeling and usually loves to play ball and do puzzles. She's also the 'boss dog' of the group and her brother has been especially lost without her.

    Has anyone else had any issues like this?

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    Unfortunately these symptoms can be part of a lot of problems. If the antibiotics are not working it could mean she needs a different type, her bloodwork panel should show cell levels which will tell the vet what kind of infection she has. Is she showing any symptoms of twitching, drooling, eye rolling, not being with it mentally etc? Are you in a paralysis tick area or heartworm area?

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    Thanks Nekhbet - her blood tests have come back and show anemia and a raised white blood cell count. The vet has told me that she got an infection in her gut that spread to her blood. She fortunately doesn't have any major organ dysfunction or neurological symptoms. She's going to be at the vet overnight and is apparently slightly better - well taking food and water. It could still be something nasty like cancer but the vet says it's unlikely given her symptoms. The only cause I can think of is maybe a dirty kong, but I only use dried food and water and clean them with a toothbrush after each use. I was told her anxiety could make her more susceptible to illness though.

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    So sorry to hear this Megan. You must be terribly worried. I hope she is back to her normal self soon.

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    So sorry your girl is not well, It can be very worrying especially when they get old I hope she gets well very soon.
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    Thank you for your replies! I have heard from the vet and she is still doing well today. It was a stomach/ bowel infection and she is purging it now, and apparently barking alot! So she is back to her old self. Should be picking her up today or tomorrow.

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    'Megan Tones' - excellent news ! They are a real worry when they get sick !

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    Anxiety can depress the immune system a little, just like stress in humans can. You can try giving her vitamin C a couple of times a week for a little while and see if that boosts her immunity a bit.

    Glad to hear she's on the mend and heading home soon.

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    Pleased to hear things are going better. we look forward to photo of a healthy pup in a week or so

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    We're still not quite out of the woods - she is eating and showing interest in walks/ playing but she is still very weak and hasn't been "poopies" in nearly a week. So we have an appointment at 10am at the vet about that little situation!

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