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Randy took a turn for the worse on Sunday night. I went back to the vet and they refered us to the Veterinary Specialist Hospital in Raleigh. They drew some fluid out of his lymph nodes to see if it could be a fungus.. That come back reactive just meaning that whatever was going on it was systemic. They took blood and sent that to check for a tick borne disease. In the meantime that have put him on dioxcycline and it has made a world of difference. I won't know until Friday or Saturday the results... But within 12 hours of his first dose, I could tell a big difference. No more runny eyes or nose and he has some energy back. I would say he is not 100 percent but at least 75 percent. This has been an emotional ordeal and I don't know if we are completely out of the woods but at least he is feeling so much better. I have kept in close contact with the breeder and she has been very supportive.
 

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Wow he has really been through a lot, and you too!! I hate to hear that but I will definatley keep Randy in my thoughts HOPING they find the root of his problems. Hang in there and I am SO glad he is feeling better. :)
 

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Randy took a turn for the worse on Sunday night. I went back to the vet and they refered us to the Veterinary Specialist Hospital in Raleigh. They drew some fluid out of his lymph nodes to see if it could be a fungus.. That come back reactive just meaning that whatever was going on it was systemic. They took blood and sent that to check for a tick borne disease. In the meantime that have put him on dioxcycline and it has made a world of difference. I won't know until Friday or Saturday the results... But within 12 hours of his first dose, I could tell a big difference. No more runny eyes or nose and he has some energy back. I would say he is not 100 percent but at least 75 percent. This has been an emotional ordeal and I don't know if we are completely out of the woods but at least he is feeling so much better. I have kept in close contact with the breeder and she has been very supportive.
I wondered about the ticks it sounded alot like tick fever. I had a female come down with this just last year and we DO NOT have ticks I was shocked.. My vet said that is what it was But stupid me had to do 2000.00 worth of tests...If the baby is responding to the doxycycline keep it there and it may take a month or so .. feed,,, baby food meat and shoot the pedialyte in the babys mouth with a syringe.. Keep on keepin on !
 

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I have only had him two weeks and I have not found a tick on him or any of my dogs. I ask the breeder and she hasn't either. Oh yes, this test is $200.00 dollars, but worth every penny if it gives me some answers and can help him. Depending on what kind of tick borne disease it is , the treatment can be long term.
 

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Oh yes absolutely ! But not forever ! :) Chin up ! You are a great Poo Dad :)
 

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Did they by chance mention something called "Blasto" or blastomycosis?
 

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Oh boy : (((, what an ordeal : (((. I am so sorry , dear Buck :hug: !!! Can't wait for the baby to get better already *sigh . Just too much in such a short period of time for the both of you : (. BUT - as Bigredpoodle said - you are such a great Mom, that I have no doubt that he will rebound in no time now : ))) !!!! He is already getting better (KTW) with that new medication and if it worked so fast in one single day - you can imagine how fast it will wipe out whatever was bugging him !!!

Thanks for keeping us posted !!! May he recover over Thanksgiving COMPLETELY : ))) !
 

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Good morning Buck the puppy Mommy :) Is there any news this AM ?
Starting to act like a puppy again. I think we are finally on the road to recovery. Will find out the test results either Friday or Saturday and I will let everyone Know what it reveals. I am very thankful to veterinary medicine.
 

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Starting to act like a puppy again. I think we are finally on the road to recovery. Will find out the test results either Friday or Saturday and I will let everyone Know what it reveals. I am very thankful to veterinary medicine.
Sounds just like what my pepper pot had And BTW we never did get anything back that said "This is what she has " Very frustrating !!!! But she did well on the Doxycyline...So this was where we went. Her ears were beat red inside she had a fever Very snotty nose and crusty eyes..Three weeks of Doxy and she was fine ! :humble::humble:
 

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There is always a possible that the test will come back negative but the vet told me that doesn't mean it wasn't from a tick bite...There are eleven diseases that it can detect and sometimes it can mask itself if they have been an antibiotic( he was on clavamox). But they did draw the blood before they started him on dioxcycline. If the test comes back negative...I may never know either. Most importantly is that he makes a full recovery.
 

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There is always a possible that the test will come back negative but the vet told me that doesn't mean it wasn't from a tick bite...There are eleven diseases that it can detect and sometimes it can mask itself if they have been an antibiotic( he was on clavamox). But they did draw the blood before they started him on dioxcycline. If the test comes back negative...I may never know either. Most importantly is that he makes a full recovery.
That is how felt as well .. As soon as we put her on the Doxy she perked up and felt better It was very frightening . However I had seen tick fever before and did recognize the symptoms. Sometimes there are tick in dog parks, show grounds and just plain on the path. Seems around area where there are sheep can be really bad. So at the dog show I would take a good insecticide and spry the ground before putting my matt down .. I know not the best , but better than the illness....
 

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Randy is doing great and busy acting like a puppy. The blood work came back negative so I guess it will remain a mystery as to what made him so sick. They did tell me that it still could of come from a tickbite. And he will stay on the dioxcycline for 3 weeks. All I know is 12 hours after his first dose, all his symptons we gone..running nose , eyes and congestion. But for now, I am enjoying having him feeling good. He is an awesome puppy, and a perfect fit for our family. I am truly thankful for him.:hug: for all your prayers and support. This forum has been a blessing.:)
 
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