Misskiwi67 wrote:A veterinarians best tool is their hands. A rectal exam is ESSENTIAL to a proper examination of a dog with any sort of rectal problem. I would be dissappointed to see a veterinarian skip this portion of the exam, its a sign of a good doctor. If your dog requires sedation, so be it.
Misskiwi67 wrote:Unless you want to take your dog to a university hospital for a $2500 CT scan, your dog needs a rectal exam.
Misskiwi67 wrote:Your dog should also have a fecal flotation, a giardia test, and a thorough neurologic exam. It would be silly to miss something that could be fixed, so its better to be thorough. The neurologic exam will involve testing reflexes etc, and may be extremely difficult due to your dogs temperament. It cannot be done under sedation.
Misskiwi67 wrote:Allergies are complicated and frustrating, and 90% of them are NOT diet related. Talk to your vet about long-term options for controlling allergies, or better yet, getting your dog tested so you know what she is allergic to. Your dog may need to be on low-dose steroids and some heavy duty antibiotics for a long time if the problem is as bad as it sounds, but your veterinarian will not know until they get a better look at your dog.
Misskiwi67 wrote:Opening the dog up to get biopsies is the only way to definitively diagnose some diseases, like cancer and Inflammatory Bowel Disease. Both of these could be the reason your dog is having so many problems defecating. From your story, this could very well become necessary in the future.
dogs4jen wrote:Have you thought about having her anal sacs surgically removed, if that's what is causing the problems?
starrlamia wrote:have you tried a probiotic suppliment? It wont cure anything but it might help ease her tummy, poor girl, i hope you get it figured out soon!
IloveBlu wrote:Wow, I feel so sad for your pup (and you)
I can't say I completely understand, but I can relate to the heartache and frustration of having a chronically unwell pet.
She's lucky to have you. I really, really hope you find some solutions for her.
Also, if antibiotics make her better, and she's otherwise miserable, why can't she have them constantly?? I would be PISSED if my vet wouldn't let me at least temporarily treat with a medication that proved to help a painful and serious condition.
Misskiwi67 wrote:Her symptoms do sortof match severe IBD, but to be honest I've never seen a dog that uncomfortable from IBD.
Her symptoms much more closely match a rectal tumor... the more I read the more I think your pup may need surgery if you don't find anything on bloodwork or x-rays.
MarMar wrote:Is this the same dog you posted about here:
Perianal fistulas, from what I understand, are quite different than anal gland infections.
http://www.acvs.org/AnimalOwners/Health ... lasinDogs/
Has she been under treatment for fistulas? I've only seen one dog with this disease, he was a gorgeous boy but it was very very painful that I remember.
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