My westie is 14 and 2 days ago suddenly took a change.. He became lethargic, straining to poo but only passing tiny amounts. He peed in the kitchen both nights which he never does. He does have cushings disease and is regulated by vetoryl - he was just checked and his levels were stable. But unfortunately due to us ordering his pills online and there having been postal strikes in the area he missed his pills for 3 days. We got increasingly worried when he hadn't eaten in a day and a half and was being sick after passing faeces so last night we took him to our local vet. Although he was concerned he said he wasn't dehydrated and he was keeping some food down and their was only the 2 episodes where he was sick both after straining. He is peeing a lot and his penis is hanging down a little. Our vet felt it was an infection of some kind possibly urinary. Gave him an injection and some antibiotics to take with us. Today he has done a better sized poo hasn't peed anywhere in the house and has kept his food down and although he has slept in his bed most of the day he has been more awake and watching all of us. He had a temperature as well which he said suggested infection. Now I know he's old and he's not going to be around forever but I'd love to know you're thoughts. I haven't been able to eat in 2 days because I'm worried sick and although he's made small improvements do you think I should hand tight and wait a little longer to see how he gets on before jumping the gun and seeing the vet again - he seemed reasonably confident it was an infection.. I'm just sooooo worried - he is my baby! And this all happened suddenly Tuesday he stole food out the cats bowl - by Wednesday he had completely changed! Please help!
Since I wrote this he has shown some signs of improvement he's now up and walking about - seems a little weak - although that's not surprising! He seems to be holding food down and is keen to eat his favourite things although he's still a bit sleepy.
I suppose I have to remember it's only just coming up for 48hours since he saw a vet and this all takes time right?
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He has started to come out of his bed although he's a bit shaky on his legs although our vet told us it takes long for an older dog to bounce back especially a Cushing dog.
Is there any point I should get more worried?
I don't want to jump the gun, he's making progress all be it slow.
I assumed because he was straining it was something to do with his digestive tract the the vet thought infection...
He was off his vetoryl for 3 days and after this he went down hill but pur vet said this was due to his immune system being suppressed.
They didn't actually take a urine sample as he was so fragile when he saw the vet he could barely walk.
They assumed it was an infection and because of the symptoms it was assumed it was a UTI.
if they've got it wrong will the antibiotic still sort him out?
when he first got ill I thought his kidneys had packed in or something but thw vet seemed sure it was an infection??
We had been away for the weekend and last night was the first of us seeing him for two days.
he managed to climb the stairs to sleep in our bedroom.
When I took him out for a walk he did his poo almost immediately! And then did a very small one at the end of the drive then didn't really want to walk?
Does his need to poo suggest something different?
He is also still not really retracting his penis - however it's not become trapped or anything. He ate a whole bowl of food then climbed back into bed... Could it still be he is still recovering? Am I still too quick off the mark?
It's smaller than usual and the first one is usually solid, then the next are usually very soft - but it's the difficultly he has to go that worries me.
The vet thought him not being able to retract his penis was just weakness.
What else could it be? A gastrointestinal bug?
We've decided if he hasn't improved anymore by Wednesday when the antibiotics end we'll take him back to the vet.
Hmmmm... I can't remember it's name.
Pink round tablet comes in a red foil - I'm sure that doesn't help! I'll find out for you! He's had it many times.
well see because they never tested for a uti could it just be his lower bowl is inflamed and no uti?
I'd take him back right now - but I'm a worrier and he's my baby!
He has had a lot of infections in his anal glands but the vet said he felt very empty when he felt him - would he still feel this if his lower bowel was inflamed?
See he's not been scooting or licking his bum. But I thought they would have picked up on an inflamed bowel at the start.
Maybe he has both... If the antibiotic doesn't help will they try a stronger antibiotic? He is still keen to eat - when you take him treats out he's looking at you for one!
is bum was acting like this when he went to the vet except his pops are a bit firmer now.
He also seems to be passing a lot of wind?
I'm worried it could be more serious such as liver or kidney failure.. He just had an ACH stim test for his Cushings 10 days ago - do they usually test liver and kidney function at the same time?
the vet didn't seem to think his liver and kidneys were the answer?
It's so strange that 10 day's ago they said how well he was looking for an old dog with Cushings and now he seems so different!
I'm so worried about him - he is my best friend!
Are his symptoms a sign if these? Our vet didn't seem to think so.
I'm worried by leaving him till the antibiotic finishes we could be letting him get worse?
After all 14 is pretty old for a westie isn't it?
thank you for all your help so far!
Okay, I'll take him back to his vet tomorrow. Perhaps his time is up but I won't let him go without a fight!
Hopefully it will be treatable.
I will update you when I've heard. I'll have everything crossed for him!
He has picked up in the last few days.
we spoke to the vet at length rather than just raking him down and she suggested not to bring him yet but to wait and see.
Since then he has improved so we're just waiting to see his improvement over the weekend.
Thanks for your help!!
She suggested the antibiotics might have upset his stomach and that his eating is a good sign.
Since then he has retracted his penis and started to roll over to have his belly rubbed!
he's also chasing the cat again - always a good sign.
Our vet suggested its very stressful for dogs to go to the vet so just wait and see if he continues to improve.
We may not be out of the woods yet but it's nice to see him more himself!
We are to speak to the vet again on Monday as poos are still a little soft but her feeling is that this will improve in time of he's had an upset tummy.
will update again soon! Thank you!
I don't want to jinx it yet after all he's an old dog. Especially a dog with Cushings. We most certainly aren't out of the woods!
But for now he seems more like himself - will update again soon.