Anya is sick

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Registered: 11-01-1999
Anya is sick
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Wed, 07-24-2013 - 10:26am

I came home Monday after having lunch with a friend, and found Anya lying, dazed, in a puddle of pee.  This is the third episode of fainting or seizure in the last couple weeks, so it obviously is not an isolated incident.  It happens when she gets up quickly or is agitated.  (They all get excited when Mommy pulls into the garage and run in circles and bark and stuff.)

I called my vet.  They are a mile down the street.  It so happened that they didn't have anyone scheduled right then, and they asked if I could bring her right in.  Dr. S. looked her over and took her back to take blood.  They sent it off to the lab and then called me yesterday afternoon.  Anya is seriously anemic. 

He asked about fleas.  I don't think that's it.  Everyone here is on Trifexis or Frontline.  I have no carpet anymore.  They sleep on my bed, and I don't see any dead fleas or flea droppings on my bedding.

So, Anya has a vitamin tonic to build her up.  Liqui-Tinic, twice a day for two weeks.  Then we go in to get another CBC.

I don't know what is going on with my little girl.  We think she is pushing 11 years old.

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In reply to: glebou
Wed, 07-24-2013 - 12:53pm

Saying prayes for poor Anya. I hope she gets better soon. I know you are worried. (((hugs)))

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Registered: 11-21-2001
In reply to: glebou
Wed, 07-24-2013 - 1:39pm

Oh Gaye...poor {{{Anya))).  But the good thing is that you were able to get her in quickly to see the vet and received an answer....what's so frustrating is when you just "don't know".  Let's hope that she's better soon and you can find out what caused the problem.

Many hugs to you both.

Laura
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In reply to: glebou
Thu, 07-25-2013 - 2:36pm

Well, we don't know the root cause.  All we know is she is anemic.  Could be anything.  We have another blood test August 6, and based on the results of that one, we will go from there.

Anya seems pretty normal.  I'm trying to keep her from getting excited.  She is eating her food with the tonic added just fine, and she is drinking, peeing and pooping normally.

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In reply to: glebou
Fri, 07-26-2013 - 3:15pm

People over on the pug message boards suggested it might be from the Trifexis I am giving Anya and Jabaar for heartworm and flea prevention.  There is some evidence of seizures in dogs taking Trifexis.  I have a brand new package, no pills used, and HW pills happen on the 15th of the month here.  Anya has a follow-up appointment on the 6th, and I am going to take the Trifexis back and ask for Heartgard instead.

Don't know what I'll do about controlling fleas, but I don't have any right now and will cross that bridge when I come to it.

Trifexis may or may not be a contributing cause, but it is an easy factor to eliminate.

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Registered: 11-04-1999
Sat, 07-27-2013 - 12:27pm

Oh my gosh Gaye:  I give Rudi trifexis, have for at least 2 years.   She hasn't had any side effects yet that I know of.   What would one use instead for flea protection?  I have heard putting the liquid on them burns their skin, and the collar only detracts fleas in the collar area.  Any suggestions ladies, or is it just some animals are sensitive to the trifexis?   Gaye:  I hope your furbaby gets and stays better. 

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Registered: 11-01-1999
In reply to: glebou
Sat, 07-27-2013 - 10:26pm

I don't eat much red meat, but I bought two big hamburger patties from the markdown bin for Anya.  Tore them up and cooked them in the microwave, and I'll add some red meat to her meals.  Might help build her red cell count.

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Registered: 03-20-2001
In reply to: twig04
Mon, 07-29-2013 - 10:21am

I just read about Anya... poor baby.
I hope she's doing much better by now.
I give Coffee a tick med and that also gets rid of fleas it's "Fipronil" .  I have to get a perscription for it, it's not the regular Frontline OTC product (it is produced by Frontline though) .

Hope she's better by now, I'll check back in a couple of days....   your furbabes are sure givving you worries lately.  (()) 

 

 

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Registered: 11-19-2001
In reply to: glebou
Fri, 08-02-2013 - 12:19pm
Hi Gaye - I hope Anya's better now. The vitamins and red meat are a good idea and can't hurt for sure! From what I have been reading, it could very well be her flea meds. Try a different brand/type. I have never had to give any of my dogs flea/tick meds as they aren't a problem in the dry Arizona desert. But as you said, it's easy for you to rule it out by not giving it to her for a while. Good luck and please let us know what her tests come back as when she goes in Aug. 6th
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In reply to: glebou
Fri, 08-02-2013 - 2:17pm

Anya is eating her food with the tonic added, and willingly.  She is my pickiest pug, so that is a good thing.  She is sleeping, drinking and pooping normally, too.  But she does seem a little quiet and grumpy.  She has snapped at her brothers when they have inadvertently invaded her personal space (bed she is sleeping on).  Jabaar is nearly blind and Roo Ben is clumsy, so it happens from time to time.

We will see what the CBC looks like Tuesday.

The dogs in this house are 11, 10 and 9 (and the cat is 8) so issues are to be expected.  I'd rather deal with old dog issues than train a puppy. 

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Registered: 03-20-2001
In reply to: twig04
Mon, 08-05-2013 - 3:29am

Gaye, happy to hear Anya is eating and sleeping well.  That's a good sign.