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Sassy is having problems again. She stopped eating on Wednesday except what I fed her by hand. By Thursday night she wasn't eating at all. I boiled some chicken on Friday and she ate that OK, but by the evening wouldn't have any of it. I forced baby food and nutrical on Saturday and Sunday and she visited the vet today. She came off the Prednisone last Tuesday (after being weened off). She has lost 9 ounces in 3 weeks. For a larger dog this wouldn't be too concerning, but she weighs less than 5 pounds. They manipulated her neck and she showed no signs of distress. (Remember that we worried that she had a disc problem) He checked her teeth to see if she was having a problem. Her blood works was good and there was no temp. She hasn't had a bowel movement since Thursday but she is peeing just fine. She drank water last night, but I am mostly having to give her that with a syringe. She is not vomitting. They gave her a shot of B12 and some vitamins. We put her back on Prednisone and I am to give her only water and broth today. Tomorrow we can try food and I will go back to the baby food if necessary. She'll be reweighed on Wed. and if she has lost more weight she'll be referred to another place for a mylegram. Also if she hasn't had a BM they'll give her an enema. Jaimie is on her ortho rotation so my vet will try LSU first. If they can't see her quickly then we'll use a clinic in Mandeville, LA. She is not disoriented or particularly weak, but she is sleeping alot.

I am so frustrated that I could scream. She is my healthy little ball of energy. She's been the last one to leave the food bowls after cleaning up hers, Sadie's and Jolie's. She never did return completely to normal, but she was getting better. I am so concerned about her. And then Saturday Sadie had the pukes and the poops all day. Luckily that checked up quickly. My girls don't go outside and they don't eat people food. I feel like I am doing something wrong, but I sure don't know what it could be. Grrrrr.
 

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How frustrating for you!

Don't you wish they could talk? Tell you what hurts and what is wrong?
Bless your heart!
Big hugs and prayers coming your way that you find out what is wrong soon...or that she feels better in the meantime.
 

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If I post this twice, forgive me but I think I lost a post somewhere.

Susan I'm sorry to read that Sassy is still not better, actually worse. I tried thinking of things that might bother her tummy- and I thought about those contaminated foods. She doesnt eat any of that does she? Anything with alot of corn? I'm sure you've thought about all of this and covered everything. Just trying to think of something. Did they do a sonogram on her tummy to make sure it looked ok? I went through 9 months of not eating with Holli, but she was much older. I hate to know these guys arent feeling well and not eating always hits home with me. I do hope she gets better soon and you get to the bottom of this.
 

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Susan, I'm so sorry to hear that Sassy isn't bouncing back and you don't know what the problem is. You must be going out of your mind with worry. It would be so nice if they could talk to us. I will certainly keep you and Sassy in my prayers that she will have nothing serious wrong and they will be able to pinpoint exactly what the problem is and she will have a speedy recovery. I feel so bad for you, there is nothing worse than having our babies sick and not knowing what it is or what to do. Hugs & Kisses to both you and Sassy. Praying for a good report. ~Jackie
 

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Susan,

I am very sorry to hear about Sassy's health issues. Were the steroids helping in the first place?

I can only offer generic advice that may not help all that much. I am doing a rotation in a community hospital and I have noticed a HUGE difference between physicians at academic centers like Vandy and here. If my family ever has any serious problems, I would head straight for the best academic place I could find. So, my advice would be to go to a vet school. What about U of Tennessee (is there a vet school there)? Regular vets are great at common stuff, but maybe if you are not seeing results, Sassy may need to see a specialist.
 

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Susan,

I am very sorry to hear about Sassy's health issues. Were the steroids helping in the first place?

I can only offer generic advice that may not help all that much. I am doing a rotation in a community hospital and I have noticed a HUGE difference between physicians at academic centers like Vandy and here. If my family ever has any serious problems, I would head straight for the best academic place I could find. So, my advice would be to go to a vet school. What about U of Tennessee (is there a vet school there)? Regular vets are great at common stuff, but maybe if you are not seeing results, Sassy may need to see a specialist.[/B]
Luckily for me, LSU Vet school is only about 2 hours. And also luckily Jaimie is doing her Ortho rotation right now. Since my vet suspects disk trouble, this would put us right in her department. I talked with her tonight via IM and if Sassy still isn't eating tomorrow I'm going to call my vet and request that he start the ball rolling to send her to LSU to see a specialist. She seems to think that once he calls they would be able to get her in Wednesday or Thursday. She doesn't seem to be in pain. She just isn't eating.
 

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Susan, I had just asked Jaimie about your Sassy tonight and she said you had posted an update. I am so sorry to hear that she is still not doing well. We will keep you both in our thoughts and prayers.
 

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I really hope Sassy is feeling better and soon! They are just so tiny and that makes us worry even more. I hope you get to the bottom of this so Sassy can quickly recover and get back to herself.
 

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Susan,

I am so sorry to hear that little Sassy is not getting any relief....I know how you must be worried sick yourself because not having any answer as to why is just horrible. I pray that someone either your own vet or at the university will be able to at least narrow down what this might be...until then, my prayers are with you and your sweet little girl.

Please take care of you.
 

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Oh Susan, I just read this. Poor Sassy. I wouldn't hesitate to contact LSU immediately. I say be as pushy and forward as possible on this, don't wait. I am sending good thoughts and lots of prayers for a speedy recovery.
 

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This is so upsetting. I was hoping Sassy was back to her normal self by now. I know you are so worried. How nice to have a personal contact, Jamie, if you go to LSU. I pray that they get her on the road to recovery very, very soon. I look at her sweet little face in your sig and it makes me want to cry. Get better Sassy!
 

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Oh, Susan, this thread didn't come up for me last night.... just now seeing it.... I am so very, very sorry to hear what you and Sassy have been going through. I know that not having a diagnosis can be very frustrating. I went through that with Rosebud and I truly know how you feel.

I do think the mylogram is a good idea so that way you can see exactly what's going on with her. I hope you can get in to LSU, since Jaimie is there.

Oh, gosh I sure hope things are on the upswing soon. Please keep us posted.
 

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What about U of Tennessee (is there a vet school there)? Regular vets are great at common stuff, but maybe if you are not seeing results, Sassy may need to see a specialist.[/B]
There is a vet school at Univ. of Tennessee in Knoxville (my alma mater
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Your poor babies,
You said that sassy has not done a #2 since thursday maybe she is constipated and is not eating because of it.
did your vet mention giving her a little pumkin help with that.
I would check with them first to see if it ok. I hope they find out what is wrong.
I hope they get better soon.
 

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Sorry to hear about Sassy. Hopefully, she will start feeling better soon. Hugs and kisses to her!
 

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Im so sorry you and Sassy are going through this
Prayers coming your way that you get this resolved soon for both your sakes
You are in my prayers
 

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I'm so sorry to hear that Sassy still isn't feeling well. All these sick and injured babies lately.
It would be so much easier if they could talk to us and tell us where it hurts! My thoughts and prayers are with you and Sassy.
Keep us posted!
 
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