I rarely ever post here in health, sorry for that
I need some help/somebody to bounce ideas off and you all are the best. Kelso has already been to the vet and some labwork obtained, just thought I would come here in the interim/see what you guys thought.
It almost feels crazy (and maybe you all can tell me I am crazy and that would be good!) to post about and makes me sick to my stomach as I think about dogs like Dena and other young dogs that have been sick suddenly- Kelso just had his 5th birthday Sept 3rd and we have been having a grand old time last week as I was on vacation. So we were outside alot, playing ect.
Last Friday (Sept 9th) we went to the vet as he was due for a booster. He was great (charming with the dogs and staff there) and received his DHLPP. Everything was great. Friday night he was a little tired and Dan commented on that but we both thought it was because he had a big day.
Saturday (Sept 10th) we got up and played ball a bit. Then I walked him to my mom's house about 1.5 miles away (it was nice out, leisurely). There he met my mom's dog Anna outside for a walk. She was adopted about 1.5 yr ago and has been healthy except for bad allergies. Again, he was good....REALLY good actually (maybe the first sign that I should have noticed...) we walked with my mom and then came back to her house, he played some more ball, and then we walked home.
The only thing strange is that at the end of our walk I noticed that his back nail was bleeding, I thought I had heard some scraping but thought I was crazy. His back nail had been a little long and had either chipped off/worn down from the walk. It stopped bleeding quickly, not alot of blood loss. I was however a tad worked up as I thought he was dragging his nail? Still not sure if it was just that long or what. So I wanted to keep a close eye on his gait and things.
obviously it was a full day, we don't regularly walk that much and that far, but he is pretty active everyday and has been his whole life, we have walked since he was a pup. No health problems to that date except for a strained muscle, sebaceous cyst.
Saturday night he was just pooped, but he has been pretty tired in the past after we get home from my mom's though. He didn't want to eat much (about 1/2 of his bowl of kibble) we are not feeding raw at all right now - he is eating Nature's Variety. Which I thought was strange he NEVER has EVER not eaten his food, even kibble, but he did eat most. I shrugged it off a bit and thought maybe it was that he was sore or his toe hurt, he was walking ok.
Sunday he was lazy all day. Strange for him, but again he had seemed to mello out just the tiniest in the last year or so. He also turned down his kibble flatout (really strange) so Dan bought some Merrick canned and he ate that (not the best I know) and we started talking about how we were concerned. No other signs, drinking well, bright eyes and all. It was late in the day so we went to bed.
Monday (yesterday) Dan called me at work and said he was taking him to the vet right that second, he had went home for lunch like he does everyday and Kelso was tired getting out of his kennel and for the second day flatout refused kibble and the canned food now.
So he took him in and they kept him the rest of the day for observation. His temp was 103.6, so not crazy but a little elevated. Did not give him fluids as the vet said he did not look dehydrated. They commented that he did breath heavy at times while there for a few hours but looked ok. Labs were obtained. We told them everything about being active all week, the nail (the said it looked fine and trimmed up the rest of the back
He was tired last night, he ate some canned food, still drinking well. Today Dan called at 730 am for the lab results and the vet was in surgery, came home at lunch and Kelso again refused the food. I got my things to start coming home and the vet called me on my cell (it was not our reg vet, a vet that said she was just there for a few days this week and had seen him yesterday?) Anyway, she said she thought she found the reason he was tired.
She said his counts were "low" (hemoglobin, hematocrit, white blood cells/red blood cells), kidney/lytes and liver enzymes within normal limits. Did not appear dehydrated from the labs. She said she was trying to get the results of the SNAP 4, but they would likely get back in the am. I do not have the exact numbers, asked if I could get them but it was to late in the day to make it.
She did not think we needed to take him to the emergency vet unless he was not taking liquids/or other symptoms, basically the plan is to come and leave him there in the morning, she said she would likely start him on doxy.....
I know it could be a bajillion things and something minor?, but am terrified like I said after what has happened to dogs on the forum
My mind is racing with tick/ strange infection/cancer/hemangio/autoimmune hemolytic anemia... or
related to the DHLPP (I was reading there are reports of that being associated with hemolytic anemia?)
he has perked up a little since I have been writing this (figures) and seems like he is trying to do what he usually does, just muted, chewing on a nylabone now
I called the emergency vet just because, so they are aware of him and said he could see an internist there tomorrow as well (it is a multi-specialty clinic and 24 hr ER)
so..tell me I am crazy. Please!
thank you SO much for reading (sorry about the detail..yikes!)