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Thread: Vet update on our dog, Serena.

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    Senior Member blzzrdqueen's Avatar
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    Thank you all for your positive thoughts and prayers. There's not much to tell yet. The vet took quite a bit of blood for numerous tests. She will send it out and have tests done for thyroid problems, Lupus, allergies and cancer. The vet said because Serena is not fixed, that she has a very much higher risk of breast and uterin cancer. She also did a skin scrape on Serena, to see if it was mites or scabbies doing this to her, as this is the easiest to treat and most likely the culprit...but it's not. the skin scrape came back normal.

    So now we just wait for the blood tests. Some will come back tomorrow afternoon. If they are negative, then we will run the tests for lupus. This particular test is very expencive, so she wants to wait until the other results are in before she tests for that. She said Lupus is something common to German Shepards and poodles. It is also treatable. I'm hoping it's that or allergies. I don't know if I could handle cancer, as we would more then likely have to put the dog down if that is the case.

    So please keep sending those positive thoughts and prayers and I will update again when I know more.

    Thank you all so much, I'm not sure what I would do if I didn't have you all to talk to!

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    The waiting and wondering part is the hardest. Anything done for her to stop the licking and biting? And I can't remember, did you say how old she is?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducky
    The waiting and wondering part is the hardest. Anything done for her to stop the licking and biting? And I can't remember, did you say how old she is?
    She just turned 11...I know she doesn't have many years left, but she is still pretty active and full of life!

    We did get a medicated shampoo that has to be done once a week. It has to be rubbed in really well, then left on for 10 minutes. We also got 2 weeks worth of antibiotics and prednizone to stop her for biting and licking. She's also back in a new cone until further notice.

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    Well, Serena will still be sent healing and loving thoughts. I don't care how old an animal is, it's always hard. God Speed to your family and Serena. Again, keep us posted.

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    Fingers crossed here for you, it's amazing what is treatable these days for animals. ((hugs))

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    Prayers and hugs for you and Serena.

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    Have you ruled out food allergies? We had a dog with assorted symptoms due to food allergies.

    Then again, yours might require doggie-zanex or doggie-valium, if it turns out to be an OCD.

    Sending itch-free pets from CA and a big hug to you.

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    Thanks for the update. You know what a bunch of animal nuts we are...Hope she feels better with the steroids..

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    Thanks blizzrd I was wondering how she was doing, give her a huge fuss from me!

    K x

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    Thanks, for the update. It sounds like your vet is very thorough and that's a good thing. If she tests positive for lupus, I can tell you all about that one. We had a miniature poodle with lupus and it was treatable. The prednizone will really help her feel better. Thinking of you.....

    HUGS

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