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    Default We have a diagnosis!!! pretty much...

    Hooch has canine leprosy.

    It is extensive but hopefully treatable.
    It is caused by a hard to grow, leprosy causing strand of mycobacterium (according to the report we got back from the DNA/PCR bacteria test)
    Which explains why it is taking so long to get the culture results back (still waiting on those).

    There is info here about what he has:
    https://www.marshfieldlabs.org/proxy...Winter11.1.pdf

    He is on new strong antibiotics combination that will hopefully cure him.
    However he vomited his first dose last night, poor doggie he been on 7-8 different antibiotics in the last 1-2 months.
    This morning so far he is keeping it down thank god.
    Finally we think we know whats wrong and how to treat. Hopefully the rest of the results dont come back with something different or weird.
    His mood seems to be abit better and less manic as his lesions are oozing less (from different course of antibiotics maybe).
    My dog is still alive and has a good prognosis!!
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    I guess thats good news !!....If you know what i mean.

    I can tell by your post your relieved to finally find out whats going on with poor Hooch. I really hope he's on the road to recovery now. You guys have been through so much in the last few months. Good luck guys.


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    Ah Bunnygirl, listen to how relieved you sound
    here's hoping hooch can have the right treatment he needs for recovery
    im glad there is now hope for hooches 'return' to his rightful self.
    All of what makes him 'Hooch'
    its good news

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    I have been too afraid to read your posts. (yes I am a sissy girl sometimes)

    So very glad that you can move forward from here.
    You have been through the wars, I'm sure we have all cried for You and Hooch.
    Big love to the dear boy and I hope you can sleep better from here on.
    Bless you for never giving up on him. xx

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    THANK YOU!!

    I think I am going to get fired from work. I had to take over a month off, my husband is taking next week off to be with him while I go back to work for the week and then I am taking another 2.5 weeks to be with him.
    Can't leave him on his own with all the open wounds etc.

    I am really relieved that at least we know what is causing it and I know there is a way to combat. It is a hard disease to cure but he is strong and I know he will pull through because there is no other way!

    Now if he just doesn't vomit tonight's antibiotics...

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    Hi Bunnygirl

    Hooray for some answers. If the vomiting the treatment is a problem I think you can get a doggy equivalent of maxolon (if maxolon itself isn't ok - I think it might be ok for dogs). Ask your vet. If Maxolon is ok - it probably will be cheaper to get from the local chemist than the vet but ask your vet to advise a dose.

    Maxolon is how I keep some of my meds down. Especially antibiotics.

    You might also want to ask about maintaining the gut "flora" eg is feeding yogurt helpful?

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    Oh BG I'm so relieved for you that you finally have some answers. Lets hope for some fast improvement now they know what they're treating.

    Hyacinth - I agree with the idea of maintaining healthy gut flora, but my understanding is that there isn't much point while still taking antibiotics - otherwise they just kill the good bacteria as you put them in...Still very much worthwhile after the antibiotics are finished though.

    Hugs and kisses to Hooch, I hope he feels so much better

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    Maxalon is available for dogs. And it comes in injection form. Or you can shove it where the sun dont shine. If you fear needles. No point putting other things down a mouth, if puking brings it back again. Go rectal route!
    Im sure the vet could show you how to administer a shot.

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    Great news that you finally have an answer bunny-girl, and that it's treatable! I've never before heard of canine (or feline) leprosy, and it appears it's very rare. Poor Hooch.
    Fingers crossed that you don't lose your job.

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    Woohoo! I hope the treatment continues to make him feel better.

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