I have a 10 year old pug named Rasputin, or Raspy for short. He's been to the vet numerous times since October, but I felt like the vet's recommendations have only made his situation worse. I'm getting desperate for any help or answers on to what's wrong with him and how he can get better.
It started around October of last year, we were taking him for walks and he had two seizures separated about a month apart. We took him to the vet and they did did x-rays and bloodwork. They mentioned that all they can find was some sort of infection in his blood stream, that may or may not caused the seizures, so they prescribed him antibiotics and that was it. After that, that's when everything started going downhill.
He had typical side effects to the antibiotics. Diarrhea, lethargic, loss of appetite, but the problem is he still feels these effects to this day. We've tried probiotics, increasing his fiber intake, but his situation still hasn't gotten better. When we took him to the vet again, they did x-rays on his digestive system and found that his large intestine was swollen. They then prescribed a different kind of antibiotic and prednisone to help deal with that. Then to help with his appetite, they prescribed entyce.
He's been off the antibiotics for two months now and the entyce doesn't help get his appetite back anymore. He's been having diarrhea this whole time, and waking us up in the middle of the night everyday to go outside. He refuses to eat his normal food for the past few months, and only is interested in eating his treats. We've tried multiple different foods and to get him interested, but nothing works. He's been getting skinnier every week and looks like a shell of his former self now. We've resorted to force feeding him daily to make sure he eats something during the day other than treats.
Please, I'm looking for any help and advice to help him get better.
I'm so sorry you're going through this.
I think I'd try another vet....possibly an internist....or a holistic vet!
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Last edited by shaynapug; 05-06-2021 at 09:41 AM.
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I'm so sorry Raspy is having all these issues. It must be so scary and worrying to see him losing weight.
I'm wondering if they've checked his pancreas? What is his normal food and what are you feeding now? Is he still on the prednisone?
To me it sounds like it would be worthwhile to get a second opinion at a different vet or possibly a specialist. Sending best wishes for Raspy to recover and feel better soon.
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Hello and to PugVillage. Glad you and Raspy have joined us. I agree with the above and would seek a second opinion. I will be praying for a correct diagnosis and a treatment plan that will have your boy on the mend.
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Hi & I'm so sorry Raspy is having these problems! I agree with all above & I would try getting a 2nd opinion & maybe a 3rd if they don't figure something out soon.....Keeping Raspy in my thoughts & prayers, & hoping you get some answers soon!
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I am also in agreement with seeing another vet. I typically go to a specialist with anything major. I have seen 6 different vets when one of my dogs got cancer. With my Henry I have no I already seen 4 veterinarians.
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Hello & to the village! I'm so sorry Raspy is having such problems. I think you have already been given good advice.Glad to have you here!
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I hope Raspy is doing better! I too would head out for another vet. I changed recently to a new one closer to home and more in-tune with my Pug not my pocket book!
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agree get another opinion
in the meantime I would boil ground beef, rinse it to get the grease off and mix with white rice for feeding......it's easier on the tummy when they have an upset
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Thank you all for your advice. I got an opinion from a second vet and she believes its gastrointestinal lymphoma. It's been tough seeing him go through this, but thank you all for your support.