Veterinary questions? Ask a Vet for Answers ASAP
I'm sorry to hear this and understand your concern for Banksy.
Did the vet run any tests such as a blood test or scan?
Did they discuss what the possible cause of his signs are?
Did the perform any imaging of his abdomen to check for an obstruction (e.g. something he has eaten but should not have) or pancreatitis?
Thank you, ok.
A sudden downhill turn like this in a young dog is often linked to a gut obstruction, so I'd be asking for this to be ruled in or out with an abdominal x-ray and or scan.
At the same time, we can check for a range of other issues that would not always show up on a blood test, such as an inflamed pancreas, organ enlargement etc.
Once we know what we are dealing with, we can ensure the treatment plan is the right one. This is especially important as Banksy is not improving with medicine and fluids,
An ultrasound scan is usually best.
Most vets will have access to this, while a CT is much more specialised (and costly to use).
I'm very sorry to hear about your cat.
As I say, the next step would be some imaging. The vet should suggest this, yes. You can request it too.
Unfortunately a blood test can only go so far and cannot detect a range of conditions.
Given his age, the next step is to rule out a gut obstruction, which should be easily done.
Prognosis depends entirely on what is going on. Most young dogs with acute vomiting go on to make a full recovery as long as we can make a diagnosis and treat them promptly.
Apologies, when I saw he had had medicine to prevent nausea I had assumed he was vomiting.
His apathy could be indicative of toxicity, tick borne disease, meningitis, an embolism in the brain etc.
As I say, frustratingly, a blood test only detects a certain amount of conditions. If a blood test does not provide a diagnosis, we need to look further.
Usually the next step would be imaging in a case like this.
I'd also consider a blood film exam (whereby we look at the blood cells under the microscope for signs of infection or tick borne disease) or CSF tap (analysing the fluid of the central nervous system).
At his age, I would unquestionably pursue further treatment and tests here.
While very poorly right now, he has not been unwell for long and has not had many tests run.
There are a wide range of things that could be going on, many of which can be easily cured.
I really hope we see an improvement very soon.
This window will remain open and you can check back at any time.
This would make me especially concerned for an issue affecting his brain, such as a meningitis or encephalitis.
Yes, it certainly could be.
But any personality change can be caused by inflammation in the brain, so this needs to be considered if he is acting unlike his normal self.
Further tests as mentioned such as imaging and a CSF tap.
(Question responded in other window)