I don't know what's up with our boy, but he's not right. In the last month we've had him at the vet 3 times, about to be 4 (we have an appointment for Thursday).
The first was a comprehensive (he got two vaccines), the second and third times were for lumps. Of course we couldn't find all these things at the same time and had to keep going back. The first was a skin tag on his ribs, but it looked similar to the one Bailey had a couple years ago that turned out to be hermangiosarcoma-so I wanted to be sure. Then we found a lump on his neck. Immediately I thought about Chewbecca and Ella, so I had to have it checked out. Turns out it was a fatty tumor (they aspirated it...but they called it something else...cytology maybe) and it was too low to be a lymph node. Since those visits he's not as talkative as he normally is, he's laying down so much more that it's noticeable. He doesn't “need” to be walked...and he's typically the kind of dog that after a day or two of no activity he's looking for something to do in the house. He's more itchy than I'm used to seeing him...and seems like he might be shedding a little more than normal. He is more sleepy…as in more often and when he’s sleeping he’s harder to wake up and get going. He isn't engaging us in play. He had diarrhea for a couple days right around the first three vet visits, but we thought it was because of the vaccines and we switched their food from fish based to venison based...and we screwed up and waited until we ran out to do it. We thought maybe the venison was too rich (Bailey's was a little soft for a day or two too), and switched them back to the fish. Gave canned pumpkin, rice and pedylite for a few days and he went back to normal turds...but still seems subdued.
Austin took him for a bike ride last Wednesday and Trooper slowed down around the same time he normally would...but then slowed down so much (usually it's just to a trot) that Austin had to get off and walk the bike...then Trooper looked up at him and started stumbling. Austin helped him to lie down, got his chest wet and tried standing over him so he was shaded. He said 5-10 minutes into it Trooper hopped back up like he wanted to go again. So they started walking...and Trooper started walking funny...again they stopped. And this went on for about a quarter of a mile until Austin could get him in the actual shade. It wasn't any hotter than usual and it was around 7:30 at night. I was just getting out of class and Austin called and asked me to come get them. So I (hauled ass and) met up with them and drove Trooper home.
Last night Trooper woke us up twice to let him out, and he had diarrhea again. I just went home at lunch to let him out, and again soft serve. I know Trooper isn't a puppy and he could be slowing down due to his age (7 in Dec). And he's likely from a BYB, as he was dropped of at UF SAH in a box with his littermates. But his behavior coupled with the runny poop has me pretty concerned...and if he was slowing down due to age-would it really happen this quickly-within a month’s time?
Back in 2004 Austin and I were in Iraq where they told us we were more than likely exposed to leishmaniasis and to be aware of the symptoms. Neither one of us ever showed any symptoms. Is that something that can stay dormant for that many years, and then affect my dog? I didn't know back then it was something that could pass between person and pet. Additionally Trooper had to stop giving blood because they did a tick titer test that showed he had Bartonella. He was "treated" but now I'm reading there really isn't a treatment for it, just whatever the best antibiotic the vet thinks will work. Can something like that reoccur?
I'm aware that I'm a worry wart. Austin thinks he might just not be feeling well-it happens sometimes. He's getting older and maybe I am just noticing more that he's slowing down, and we have the foster dog. Maybe it's either stressing Trooper out-which doesn't seem like it, but who knows how he feels, or it has depressed him in some way. Any ideas or suggestions? On Thursday we’re going to ask that they do a fecal, and maybe some blood work-depending on what they say. Does anything stand out that I should ask for a specific test? I was on PetMD this morning and totally freaked myself out-e.coli, salmonella, heart/kidney defect/failure, babesiosis, leishmaniasis, crazy cancers and tumors, giardia, ect.