- Sep 27, 2023
Hi Holistic Actions! team, we just joined today and are so grateful this resource exists. My husband and I are based in Germany and our pup, Tripp, is having a rough couple days after a rough couple weeks. Appreciate the support very much, details below!
- Nathan, Peter, & Tripp
- Pointer mix
- As of yesterday, B = laying down all day, no desire to be outside (never happens), looks tired, heavy body, E = incredible tired/low energy, which is very uncharacteristic for him. he just wants to be still and rest. he's never been this tired or disinterested in going outside since we adopted him in April, 2020 A = yesterday his appetite was still good despite some signs of struggling with something his body is processing. today he's still eating but smaller amounts and not very enthusiastically. yesterday he barely drank and as of an hour ago he finally started to willingly drink a bit again. M = despondent, seems sad and frustrated that he feels so bad. still himself with his normal personality traits, but clouded by whatever is going on <3
- Typical diet includes steamed potatoes, apples, steamed peas, steamed winter squash, raw beef, beef marrow bones for dinner every night, sardines packed in either olive or sunflower oil (we try to remove the oil as much as possible), and other dog-safe fresh fruits and veggies for snacks (cucumbers, mangoes, dates, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, tomatoes). He also gets natural dried meat snacks of various types and occasionally a bit of grain-free chicken-based dry food (normally for on the go). His diet lately since a poison exposure a couple weeks ago which I'll describe below has been more potatoes in the day, less fat-dense foods, still marrow bones about half of the time for dinner, a bit of beef, and sardines along with supplements once per day including liquid zinc sulfate (a few drops), vitamin B12, barley grass juice powder, spirulina, Atlantic dulse, and Micro C vitamin C powder.
- He was vaccinated in 2020 as a matter of law in Germany, where we live. Also in January, 2021 as my husband wanted to do it. He was very listless after this shot and we agreed that we would no longer vaccinate from then on. Tripp ate something poisonous on Sept 10th. Unfortunately we cant be sure what it was but he suddenly had a terrible reaction including mouth muscle spasms which quickly led to whole-body seizures, vomiting, defecating, eyes rolling back into head, and loss of muscle control. We believe he may have somehow ingested a poisoned rat or mouse as we live in the country where locals sometimes use poisons for pest control. Nothing like this has ever happened before. We rushed him to the emergency vet where they gave him anesthesia to knock him out since his fever was quite high and the seizures were not subsiding on their own quickly enough. He woke up the next day and received a fat-dense infusion to bind onto and pull out toxins which spiked his blood fat quite high for over a week. We were given Luminal, an anti-convulsive phenobarbital drug. He started at 50mg 2x day, then went down to 37.5mg 2x per day the week following, and is now at 25mg per day. Next week we'll reduce to 12.5mg per day and then stop altogether (hopefully). He has had bloodshot eyes since being on the meds and was quite weak at first after leaving the clinic, but regained strength and was relatively stable within 3-4 days. Now that we are reducing the meds the situation seems to be changing.
- Current problems started 24 hours ago after a bowel movement where his muscles seemed to tense up a bit. These are: lack of appetite (only today, never has happened before), lack of desire to drink (just last 24 hours), extremely tired/low energy (have never seen him so sick), and a steady opaque mucusy discharge (white in color with a bit of yellow tinge) with a foul odor from eyes, nose, mouth, and penis, which all began yesterday evening. He's had a few slight muscle spasms and twitches, but nothing that lasted longer than a few seconds. We understand this may be a symptom of withdrawal from the phenobarbital but are contacting our vet here to confirm.
- Right now he's pretty unresponsive to stimulus and his usual favorite things, which again, is very rare for him. He's never been this sick . He's still himself personality-wise, and is not irritable. Just confused and quite exhausted.
- Yes, we recently had a blood test done as a follow up to the emergency visit. Unfortunately they couldn't get levels on everything due to the extremely high blood fat content as a result of the toxin-removing infusion he received. I'll include it here.
- We're currently reducing his medication, allowing him to rest, making sure he is eating and drinking (coconut water seems to be more enticing for him right now rather than plain water), and will take him in for a vet visit if he doesn't improve by tomorrow. We have a follow-up vet visit planned for Oct 10th for another blood test after we've stopped the meds which we're told can also mess with blood fat and nutrient levels as well as organ health. We can't wait to get him off these meds... but don't want to rush as this type of medication is quite sensitive.
- We're just not sure if he's come down with a pretty bad bug or bacterial infection in addition to the stress his body has been under recently from poison, meds, and stress.
- Nathan, Peter, & Tripp