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Hi, I am brand new to the forum and pretty desperate. My dog Napoleon is really sick and I am looking for advice. Before I list his symptoms, I want to say that he has been to the vet and internal med doctors. All the test they have run and all negative; blood panels, cancer, beriem to look for blockage, etc. Here is what happened: We boarded Napoleon for 4 days and when we picked him up, he looked strange. I went to pet him and noticed that his coat was dull and really rough. He was eating and drinking ok so I did not think much of it. As the days went by, he gradually went down hill to the point where he stopped eating, started vomiting and had diarrea; also lethargic and not responsive. We took him to our vet and they ran all kinds of test including the berrium which coated his insides, he started eating again for about 5 days and then stopped. We waited for about 3 days and took him back, they ran more test. they all came back negative and we were referred to internal med. they ran all their test and still no answers. The doc wants to to exploratory surgery to biopsy the spleen, lymps and intestines. We wanted a few more days to see if we could get him to eat. He takes alittle protien shake and some hamburger (kibble size, about 4). He can walk, play but is lethargic. Can someone please offer advise?
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How old is Napolean?
Do you have access to a doctor that can do an ultrasound? Unfortunately, a lot of the cancers you really can't test for other than with an exploratory surgery. But if there's a metastasized cancer it might show up on an ultrasound rather than having to do a surgery.
Let us know how he's doing.
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yes, the ultrasound was done and xrays; three different times. As far as cancer, they performed a particular test and had it sent off. Are those not reliable?
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How old is he????
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Poor Napoleon(great name). It's the saddest feeling when you need a Dr. House for your beloved dog. I wonder if you live in a tick area or if your vet has tried doxycylcline? How about giardia? Does Napoleaon have a temperature and are his gums a nice pink color? Cancer is always such a suspect for our breed- it helps to clarify what you would do if Napoleon did turn out to have it before electing the surgery. Could he have pancreatitus? That is what it sounds the most like to me .However, it is highly unlikely 2 vets would miss something obvious like that. Do you have results for his CBC?

This Satin Ball recipe gets recommended quite a bit for keeping weight on and tempting sick dogs to eat
http://www.njboxers.com/satin-balls-recipe.htm
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Napol is 3.5 years old. His gums look fine (pink). thank you all for responding, I feel so helpless.
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Napol is 3.5 years old. His gums look fine (pink). thank you all for responding, I feel so helpless.
Oh, Jeez. That is young. It's good to know those gums are pink. It seems somehow too coincidental that he would show cancer signs at the same exact time he was boarded. Do you think something happened there? I am anxious about my 18 month old golden, whose white and red blood cells are falling without a concrete reason( Erlichia from a tick?)and have a similar experience of 10 vets and no diagnosis. It is a terrifying feeling. Did the kennel where you boarded him report anything? Maybe Pepcid in the morning would help Napoleon eat?
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I am so sorry that your dog is feeling so bad. I dont have any advice but I want you to know Napoleon is in my prayers and I hope that you find out what is wrong with him soon so you can get him better!
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Does Napoleon have the shot for Parvo. Has the vet looked at a Stool Sample.
I think they need to rule out Parvo and also I think it could be that something at kennel scared him, or they mistreated him and it's an emotional thing?

Can you elaborate on what you said that his coat looked rough and strange and that he can walk and play
but is not responsive?

I think another thing it could be is maybe he ate or swallowed something at the kennel and it is causing blockage or diarrhea and vomitting.
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I'm so sorry you are going through this with your pup. I wish I could help, but other than Satin Balls (dogs usually enjoy eating these) I can't suggest much that can help.
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