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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.....

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    Hugs and Prayers are being sent your way!!! Please do keep us posted!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MadQuilter
    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.
    We've ruled out food allergies. Serena has been on the same food her whole life, Purina Dog Chow. It's actually the only food we can give her, as anything else will her give her diareha (one word I can't spell).

    I thought maybe OCD, but the vet never mentioned it. She's really leaning towards the Lupus...I'd rather have that then cancer.

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    You will stay in my prayers. Hope it is allergies. Poor baby.

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    Here's hoping for easy solutions! <<<<<<>>>>>>> to you and Serena!

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    Haven't seen anything about Serena lately. How is she?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ducky
    Haven't seen anything about Serena lately. How is she?
    Thanks for asking, I had completly forgot about posting!

    She's doing better, with help from the constant wearing of the cone and the antibiotics and steroids. I talked to the vet on Monday and she told me that Serena tested positive for Lyme Disease, but it's not the root cause of the skin irritations. We decided to go ahead and have her blood sample tested for Lupus. A very expencive test, running at $165. We're still waiting on the results of that test. Everything else came back fine. Once we finish this antibiotic treatment, we'll start a 28 day sycle of a different antibiotic for the Lyme Disease. I do have to bring her back some time next week for a follow-up visit with the vet and that's when we'll start the treatment for the Lyme. That's all i really know for right now.

    Thanks again for asking, you were my gentle reminder to let everyone know :)

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    That is so good to know it is not Cancer!! I hope she gets better fast!!
    HUGS FOR YOU BOTH!!! :)
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    Does Lupus cause the skin condition that she is suffering from??? One thought, if it is an allergy symptom, could her dogfood manufacturer have changed any of their ingredient(s)? You would have had no reason to read the ingredients each time you've purchased a bag.

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    I know that you said that Serena doesn't have a food allergy, but you might consider trying a dog food without corn as a top ingredient. Our black lab developed skin problems when she was several years old. After talking to the vet, we tried a lamb and rice dog food. That solved the problem of dry itchy skin. There's quite a controversy about whether corn should ever be used in pet foods, but it is a cheap source of protein, so most brands contain it. Some breeds are more susceptible to skin problems.

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    I hope Serena gets well soon.

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    More hugs to Serena please!

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    My 9 year old Yorkie developed skin problems also. She chewed on her back until it was bloody I had also always fed her the same food. Purina One. A friend suggested a food without fillers and grains. I changed her food and she has not had any problems since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NiceNCLady
    My 9 year old Yorkie developed skin problems also. She chewed on her back until it was bloody I had also always fed her the same food. Purina One. A friend suggested a food without fillers and grains. I changed her food and she has not had any problems since.
    Yes animals, like people, can become allergic to things they have been exposed to for many years. I became allergic to my dog when he was 17, and our cat became allergic to his food when he was 14. It could very well be a food allergy. Once we changed the cat food to something more wholesome (for his older system) he was fine. It took three months of frustration to figure it out though.

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    Do you use latex feeding bowls? Many pets are allergic to them. we switched all of our pets to stainless steel.

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