Urgent Medical Advice Needed - Page 2 - Golden Retrievers : Golden Retriever Dog Forums
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #11 of 46 (permalink) Old 04-21-2019, 12:38 PM
Preeminent Member
Sweet Girl's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2010
Location: Toronto
Posts: 12,271
Mentioned: 6 Post(s)
Quoted: 578 Post(s)
Thanks: 11,705
Thanked 12,951 Times in 5,976 Posts
I wish they hadn't told you to stop the antibiotic. If there is an infection, it is no longer being fought. I would have just added an anti-nausea. It's true, the meds can be making him nauseous, but so can an infection, and that is so hard. It's so sad when they won't eat. Some very tasty and smelly foods to try - liverwurst, tuna, peanut butter. It might be worth a call to the ER vet today if he's not better.

"Joy and loyalty wrapped in sunshine "

"You become responsible, forever, for what you have tamed."

-Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
Sweet Girl is offline  
post #12 of 46 (permalink) Old 04-21-2019, 01:30 PM
Join Date: Aug 2017
Posts: 469
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Quoted: 91 Post(s)
Thanks: 552
Thanked 287 Times in 161 Posts
Some dogs are very sensitive ( almost on the allergic degree) to antibiotics. He 's been already week, I wouldn't go back to oral antibiotics but injections. Some dogs need also a stomach protector such as Lansor before giving antibiotics. I hope the best for tomorrow.
Peri29 is offline  
post #13 of 46 (permalink) Old 04-21-2019, 08:13 PM
Valhalla09's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Windsor, Ontario
Posts: 50
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 2 Post(s)
Thanks: 1
Thanked 35 Times in 21 Posts
My Odin didn’t do well taking antibiotics orally. He would be okay for about a day and a half and then just gradually stop eating. He would turn up his nose at everything but at different times he needed those antibiotics. So we did them in an injection that would last for a bit. Cost me quite a bit more but worked like a charm.

Odin (February 14 2003 - January 10, 2019)
Ragnar (November 21, 2018 - )
Valhalla09 is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to Valhalla09 For This Useful Post:
Peri29 (04-21-2019)
post #14 of 46 (permalink) Old 04-23-2019, 11:00 AM
New Member
msfarm1's Avatar
Join Date: Jun 2018
Posts: 3
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Thanks: 0
Thanked 3 Times in 2 Posts
How is your dear Barkley today? I first got to the forum today... So I'm hoping he is still hanging in there.
If you are still attempting treatment with your vet I can only suggest the following since you are in southeast Wisconsin I would take him to the University at Madison Vet Clinic. They are exceptional and caring. If your vet would get him on an IV you could get him there as soon as possible.
I have been where you are with my very first Golden Parker. And have lost subsequent Goldens so I know the pain you are experiencing.
Listen to Barkley carefully...animals will always tell you what their wishes are...
msfarm1 is offline  
The Following User Says Thank You to msfarm1 For This Useful Post:
cwag (04-23-2019)
post #15 of 46 (permalink) Old 04-23-2019, 01:15 PM
Rehoming breeder girls.
Join Date: Aug 2018
Location: Verdi, NV
Posts: 34
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 5 Post(s)
Thanks: 31
Thanked 16 Times in 9 Posts
My Golden girl Eden passed on July 5th 2018 after a 2 year fight with Hermagiosarcoma. It started with a fatty tumor on her left hind leg. The last week she was alive she stopped eating and she was lethargic. Her last walk, she just followed me around where ever I went. No chasing rabbits, just following me wherever I went. It tore me up. We called the vet. She had a tumor on her leg the size of a softball, full of blood.

You better GET TO A VET HOSPITAL RIGHT NOW!!!!!! Preferably one with a cancer doctor on staff. Why, better safe than sorry. Hermangiosarcoma has two types of tumors. Internal as in organs, heart, liver, spleen and external as on the skin. Eden's was a Subcutaneous hemangiosarcoma, skin cancer.

Irregular shaped Spleen is NOT a good sign.

God I hope it ain't cancer for you.
three retirees is offline  
post #16 of 46 (permalink) Old 04-23-2019, 01:55 PM
Bree's Mom's Avatar
Join Date: Jan 2015
Location: Southern California
Posts: 56
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 1 Post(s)
Images: 8
Thanks: 59
Thanked 60 Times in 31 Posts
I have not seen a response from yesterday (Monday 4/22) as to what your Vet has said. I pray that a change of antibiotics will do the trick, that your sweet Barkley is doing better today and rabidly coming back to full health. I agree that there's a good chance he is allergic to the antibiotic.
A note on my sad experience with my sweetheart Indy but also an encouragement how well peanut butter worked in her situation of not eating. In early Dec. just 2 wks after losing my heart dog Bree (a cert. Therapy dog), Indy (also a cert. Therapy dog and Bree's real sister) began limping. After a bloodtest and xrays she was diagnosed with sever arthritis. Over 2 months, when numerous arthritis shots and pain meds had no effect, her limping worsening, I became demanding asking for more xrays plus this time an ultrasound but still the diagnosis was sever arthritis. Indy (my chow-hound) basically stopped eating in Feb so I would give her a large tsp of peanut butter about every hour (with pain meds when applicable) placing it on the roof of her mouth. If you've ever tried you can't spit the PB out and it worked like a charm for Indy too. With the PB Indy stopped losing weight, began gaining strength and with pain meds and a newly prescribed appetite simulant began to eat on her own. Though slower, Indy again had a quality of life doing the things she loved. But the arthritis limp continued to worsen so more xrays and more ultrasound, but this time her Vet sent ALL tests out to an actual radiologist who returned a correct diagnosis on Feb 14th....osteosarcoma. Sadly Indy passed on Feb 20th at 9yrs old, just 3 short months after her sister Bree died. Indy is in the forefront (Bree behind) of the picture I posted
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	030.jpg
Views:	5
Size:	84.4 KB
ID:	815552  
Bree's Mom is offline  
post #17 of 46 (permalink) Old 04-23-2019, 03:03 PM
Golden Girl
Join Date: Mar 2019
Location: Silver Spring, Maryland
Posts: 10
Mentioned: 1 Post(s)
Quoted: 4 Post(s)
Thanks: 2
Thanked 4 Times in 3 Posts
When these symptoms were shown by my boy I had him drink chicken bouillon (no sodium) which he did. He refused everything. Even liverwurst and peanut butter which usually worked. Staying hydrated more important than food but obviously he’ll need some nutrition. I’m so sorry. It’s so scary.
GWINSTON is offline  
post #18 of 46 (permalink) Old 04-24-2019, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
New Member
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: SE Wisconsin
Posts: 26
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Quoted: 9 Post(s)
Thanks: 21
Thanked 32 Times in 13 Posts
The most recent trip to the vet revealed that Barkley had lost another 4 pounds or 5 pounds putting him down to 67. They administered hydration fluid subcutaneously, took blood and prescribed an atypical antidepressant called mirtazapine, which is known for stimulating appetite. The vet promised to call with the results from the lab tests as soon as they came in.

At home that evening we experienced quite a roller coaster of events and emotions. In the early evening, it seemed that the new medication was having a positive effect. Barkley looked better and had more energy. Instead of lying flat on the floor he was laying with his head erect and seeming quite alert and attentive. He cooperated with my force-feeding, which consisted of placing ping-pong ball size bundles of food that I made and then placed in the back of his throat. Although he wouldn't eat anything on his own I found something that he really enjoyed. It was ice cubes. One cube at a time, he went nuts chewing and licking It was a beautiful sight to behold. I imagined myself going to sleep, for the first time in weeks, with the comforting knowledge that my dog was getting better. Then he lay down and began shaking. At first, I thought he might be having a stroke or a seizure, but he remained alert and responsive throughout. And then as quickly as this episode had come it was gone and he was once more the subdued dog with the weight of the world on his shoulders. In the morning there seem to be signs for hope again. He appeared to be a little more interested in food. At least he wasn't recoiling on the presentation of things that he would normally love to eat. He even licked at some liquid I poured from a can of sardines, but he couldn't bring himself to actually eat anything. After his morning force-feeding I left the kitchen for a minute and returned to find him standing at the back door waiting to go out. It was a pleasant surprise. I had figured that he was done getting up on his own. Then even more good news. While walking out in the yard with the help of the sling I had under his hindquarters, he had a bowel movement. Something that he hadn't done for a couple of days.

In the mid-morning, the vet called (Tuesday, April 23) with the grim news. Barkley's numbers were all trending in the wrong direction. He called it multiple major organ failure. He named half a dozen different chemistries that he said were all bad which would include the liver and kidneys and he said he believes the pancreas. He said that if Barkley were to continue to receive the care it would have to be on an in-patient basis at a facility with more resources than this clinic could bring to bear. I asked him what could be done if his care was elevated to that level. He replied by saying that he didn't recommend it, saying that the odds were not good and that Barkley would suffer and he would suffer without me, being poked and pricked by strangers. And then the awful alternative was presented, euthanasia at my vet's clinic.

This is such a shock for me. Just as recently as February he was galloping around chasing after my neighbor's kids with the adults looking on saying "How old is that dog? Eleven-and-a-half! No way"
Max Volt is offline  
post #19 of 46 (permalink) Old 04-24-2019, 08:43 AM
Super Moderator Leader

Join Date: May 2009
Location: NC Coast
Posts: 43,966
Mentioned: 13 Post(s)
Quoted: 893 Post(s)
Thanks: 52,204
Thanked 42,880 Times in 22,063 Posts
I am very sorry.........I've been through this too many times, I know how difficult this is.
CAROLINA MOM is offline  
post #20 of 46 (permalink) Old 04-24-2019, 09:20 AM
Senior Member
cwag's Avatar
Join Date: Apr 2017
Location: Virginia
Posts: 3,316
Mentioned: 7 Post(s)
Quoted: 393 Post(s)
Thanks: 4,443
Thanked 2,807 Times in 1,547 Posts
I am sorry to hear the results of your visit. I can tell you love Barkley and will do the right thing to keep him from suffering; hard as that may be. You will be in my thoughts.

Lyric Last Jedi - Call name Rukie Bear 05/2017
Eva Bear (Bichon) 09/2005 to 11/2018
Tawny Bear 01/2000 to 10/2012
Honeybear 01/1987 to 07/1999
cwag is offline  


Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Golden Retrievers : Golden Retriever Dog Forums forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome