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Thread: JellyBean Sore and Lethargic.. WHY?

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    Hi this is my first post here.
    I have a gorgeous female boxer named JellyBean. She is 2.5yo
    Today she is very stiff and sore and lethargic. She sleeps ALOT and resembles an old lady trying to walk.
    Her mouth seems swollen and she cant really open her mouth to eat. I have been hand feeding her small amounts. She cant seem to bite her food, only takes it into her mouth and swallows it down.
    She cant put her head down to get to her water either so have had to fill a larger taller water container so she can drink easier (hasnt wanted to drink since mid afternoon)
    She looks really sad and her tail is tucked between her legs all the time. Even when she is getting her love and wags her tail it is still mostly tucked.
    She came off heat about 2 weeks ago but her vulva is still quite swollen (I have no idea if this is related)
    I was fostering a rescue pup for a few days and he was often jumping on her.
    Sorry this is a rambling post but I just popped it down as it came to mind....
    Does anyone have any idea or similar experiences with their babies?

    If she hasnt improved tomorow I will take her to the vet.

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    I have no advice except the vet is in order.
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    I'd definitely take her to the vets asap. Let us know how you go.
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    Well I stayed up with her untill 2am this morning. Handfeeding her boiled chicken and rice..... I was rubbing her tummy and saw a discharge coming from her vagina. It was a cloady white sort of colour. So, of course, I started googling again and got myself into a bother.....
    This morning she woke up very sorry for herself. Actually had trouble standing at first.
    She slowly started to move around more and started to improve. She is 50 times better than she was, still not 100% but a major improvement. I hand fed her some more this morning. Her facial sweeling has gone and she has more movement in her body.
    She can now bend down and eat on her own slowly and she is drinking again.
    I took her to the vet this morning and he couldnt find anything physically wrong with her. He gave me $90 worth of antibiotics and anti inflamitory for the next few days. He did an ultrasound of her uterus and told me is wasnt definitive (he also told me he has only been out of vet school for 6 months and that he isnt an expert on ultrasounds). He wanted to take xrays of her abdomome, hips (for posible hip displasia) and chest to check her heart and lungs (she gets breathless easily). He said to take her home and keep an eye on her and I can do the xrays later if I am still worried about her.

    She is snoozing again now. I think I will find a new, more experienced vet and get the xrays done with him/her.

    So... $145 later and I will see how she goes.... I am really relived though that she is starting to get better. Hopefully the anti's help her feel better faster.

    Its sad how expensive pet medication and vet care is. I wish it were more afordable to be able to look after our four legged babies properly. No wonder so many animals are left to suffer when their owners cant afford the high costs of care... Sorry just my little gripe

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    If vet said to mi that he had only 6 months of experience, I'd pick up my dog and find a more reliable one immediatelly!

    You said your girl was on heat recently, so it could easily be pyometra (uterus infection).

    Pyometra

    If not treated in time can be fatal. So, if I were you, I'd dismiss the current inexperienced vet and found somebody who's certain of what he's doing. It may be nothing and I may be completely wrong (or I hope I am), but I wouldn't hesitate one more minute. Antibiotics may improve your dog's state for a bit, but if this guy is not sure what it is and is not treating her accordingly it's just a bomb waiting to explode, and when it explodes it's usually too late. I went through this with my dog so I know what I'm talking about.

    Change your vet. NOW!!!
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    I'd find another vet too. Yours should at least have been in a practice where he could have consulted with a more experienced vet.

    If she's only been like this a few hours, it could be a bad/fast infection, or she could have eaten something bad (people have been known to chuck ratsack over the fence for dogs they don't like (argh), or she could have had an encounter with a bee or a wasp or a stinger ant of some sort...

    Or it could even be something she picked up from the rescue dog. Who knows. Well an experienced vet might.

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    I totally agree with finding a new vet. I felt very disregarded after I left. If that makes sense?
    I did mention the pyometra to him as I had read up on it a bit while googling last night. Thats why he did the ultrasound the he "wasnt an expert at".... He also had a bit of a look and didnt see any unusual discharge. Im hoping it was a one off but I will keep a very close eye on it.
    He said that he had seen two or three dogs with it before and they were heaps sicker than JellyBean was....
    He also asked if there were any bees around but he didnt seem that interested in that idea....
    Temp was normal.
    The vet practice that we went to is the kind that has different vets on all the time. The last few times I have been the vets have been really good but I was quite dissapointed with todays effort.
    She has improved heaps but that was BEFORE the vet. I noticed after she had a sleep that she was stiff and sore again and it was a bit hard for her to get up. (she did manage to jump up on the lounge though lol. Which she isnt allowed to do. "Hmmm I wonder if mum will let me cause Im sick?????")
    Thankyou so much everyone for your input. I do really appreciate it.
    Hugs from Roxi and Princess JellyBean

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    I have two different places I take my puppy dog. One is run by a very ancient and crusty old bloke (um, he'd probably be mad at me for saying that), and sometimes I wonder if he's up to date with newest info. But he does like learning new things and he is very experienced - especially when it comes to dogs.

    The other place has about six different vets. If I have a planned appointment they try to get me in with the same vet I saw before but if not, I take whomever shows up, but I know there are usually 2 or 3 or more other vets in the other rooms and if I got a vet saying "I don't know, I'm not very experienced", I'd send him/her out to talk to one of the other vets - though I think I don't need to ask - they just do that, or I'd go to old faithful.

    Some things I'm happy to accept as difficult to diagnose - ie when my puppydog gets the runs, it could be (maybe it is) something different each time. It is interesting the treatments vary wildly, and I'm not that thrilled with being given antibiotics when they don't know if the antibiotic is right for the given bacteria/infection - and ones that aren't quite right, just help breed resistant superbugs. New young vet gave antibiotics, old experienced vet prescribed pink stuff (I've got the name written somewhere) three times a day. Both treatments worked. Go figure.

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    Well swollen face is not an indicator for pyometra, but then again - who knows with infections. The thing with pyometra is that your dog can be fine for quite a while having that inside, and then when it starts - you better be quick.

    It's a shame that you had to pay for unprofessional service, even when he said to you he wasn't an expert and that he was new. I'd put a written complaint to his/her boss. It's your dog's life at stake and he shold've appologised and recommended someone with more expertise and experience. But it's all abot money with some of them, I guess.

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    Hmmm she is a bugger.
    She started getting better before we went to vet and then she was fine afterwards. Was fine all weekend, back to her old self again. Such a relief.
    And then, late yesterday arvo she started limping. Her front leg seemed tender when she walked. She was still happy and eatting etc just a bit limpy.
    Well this morning she has woken up a bit sad again and is lethargic and off food again. She is still on medication from the vet but she isnt herself....

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