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Urgent Medical Advice Needed

Barkley has made it to the ripe age of 11 1/2 but now we are at a crisis situation. It started with a limp that came on suddenly and was accompanied by shivering or shaking. I took him to the vet right away and two things were discovered, and infection in the form of bacteria in the urine and an ultrasound that revealed irregularities in the appearance of his spleen. The blood work showed normal levels for blood cells and platelets. There were some elevated levels for kidney and liver, but if I understood the doctor correctly it didn't indicate anything specific. They sent me off with two kinds of anabiotic's, and antinausea medication and nutraceutical product to support the liver. That was last Wednesday. I missed a vet appointment on Friday morning because I don't sleep for fear that Barkley will choke or stop breathing. They were unable to reschedule until Monday, which would be tomorrow as I am writing this. The big problem is that Barkley stopped eating as of Saturday morning (yesterday) and only had a light meal on Friday night when he was already turning away from a lot of his normal food. For the last five days, he has been very weak in his legs and seems to be getting weaker. He's very shaky when he's standing and is too weak to get up off of a smooth floor. He's also been losing weight, having lost 4 pounds just last week. His average adult weight is about 85 pounds. He is down to about 70 right now. I called the vet on Saturday morning, yesterday, and they told me to take him off the amoxicillin. They said that his loss of appetite may be due to amoxicillin, which could be upsetting to his stomach. It's been 24 hours and there's no sign that his appetite is returning. I won't get into the vets office for 24 hours more. Is there something I can do to get some nutrition into him. He drinks water with no problem but turns his nose away from any food. away from any food. He's drinking a lot and urinating frequently and so I'm worried that just plain water might leave him short of electrolytes, so any ideas about that will be welcome too. I should also say that he moves from looking like he might expire at any minute to looking fairly alert and happy.



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I'm sorry to hear about your boy.

Have you cooked any food for him such as chicken and rice? At this point, you may want to try to feed him whatever he'll eat.

If he gets worse before his Vet appt tomorrow, call or go to an E Vet.
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Yes I've tried everything. I started with cooked chicken and rice and he loved that for about a day. I've tried cooking him hamburgers and steaks. Tortillas with cheese melted on them were good for about half a day. And then Friday was a real slow eating day, until his last food Friday evening which came in the form of pizza from his favorite joint. How about something I can add to his water for electrolytes. He's drinking a lot and I'm afraid he'll wash out.
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Still handsome as hell I'd say.
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I think I would call an emergency vet if you have one near you. He is quite handsome.


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I am so sorry you and handsome red Barkley are going through this. I agree with the others, I would call or take him to an emergency vet. They could at least give him an IV.


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a visit to an ER vet is called for. How do his gums look? I think what stood out to me was the US result with the irregularity to his spleen. I wouldn't wait till tomorrow to have him seen.

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I'm so sorry. Barkley is a handsome sweet looking boy. It sounds like you are doing everything you can. I would try to cook him any comfort food that might tempt him to eat and try to keep him as happy as possible and try to love him every minute.
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Thanks to everybody for the feedback. I just gave him his anti-nausea med. I have been wrapping his pills in a little bit of cheese and then I open his mouth and throw it in the back and then hold his muzzle until he signals with his tongue that he swallowed it. That went so smoothly that I have started taking flour tortilla and wetting it with yogurt and kneading it into little balls, which I throw into the back of his throat. He seems to be getting used to it and doesn't resist much and doesn't seem unhappy when it's done. I am going to give him one about every ten minutes and see if I can get some nutrition in him.
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I agree with seeing a vet quickly. You can put plain Pedialyte in his water to get electrolytes in his fluids.

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