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Hi guys,

I am new here just looking for some advice about our very 3-5 month old poorly pup.

Essentially took him away from a terrible home last Sunday. He looked like he has been abused, he has a rash from head to toe. When we took him he was clearly suffering from heat stroke (having been left in a boiling car for a few hours whilst the owners "shopped" based on what emergency vet said he would have died if left any longer without intervention.

He has been up and down, for a while he became really affectionate to us (amazing what love can do to a pup) the vet prescribed worming and flee treatment initially as well as some gastro food and gut support.

Its now gone downhill, on Saturday we took him in to vets again as he started hacking and trying to bring up something unsuccessfully. The vet identified a temp of 41 and kept him in on fluids. They did a test for CPV and bloods both of which came back normal. It was suggested that the is clearly fighting an infection so a course of nisamox 50g was prescribed along with
Omeprazole 10mg
Metrobactin 250mg

In the last few days (whilst on this medication) he has gone downhill fast.
He has not eaten since yesterday, he sleeps all day, shivers all the time. His temp has gone down to 38 though.

Today we took him back to the vets as his jaw has swollen, the vet didn't really know what to do. She said it is possibly a reaction to the antibiotics but said to continue with them anyway? She gave a steroid injection and prescribed some paracetamol. His face is still swollen and he is still refusing food.

The vet has said he should be referred to a specialist, the problem we are having is this treatment has already cost £900 and the insurance does not cover as pre-existing. The pot of money we can draw from is drying up. We are so desperate even set up a justgiving page.

Any ideas? Does the treatment sound right? How long can a dog not eat for?

Thanks in advance
 

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I wish I knew what to suggest. This poor pup has been through the wringer and so have you. What about syringe feeding food? I would wonder if the jaw is contributing to him not wanting to eat. How is his water consumption?

Thank you so much for rescuing this pup.
 

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I wish I knew what to suggest. This poor pup has been through the wringer and so have you. What about syringe feeding food? I would wonder if the jaw is contributing to him not wanting to eat. How is his water consumption?

Thank you so much for rescuing this pup.
Hi thanks, yeah his water consumption is really good. He seeks out his water bowl and wees regularly so not worried about dehydration just yet.

Will syringe feed tomorrow if no improvement
 

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Let us know how he does. I found the hill's vet wet food for upset stomachs mixes with water well for syringe feeding...not sure if that's popular in the UK.
 

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So sorry your puppy is having a rough start. Thanks to you at least it has a chance whatever the outcome. Vet bills are essentially the same as treating a human. Perhaps negotiate a price reduction with the vet. If there is a vet training school near you that may be an option for an opinion or treatment.
I would add a little chicken or beef broth to the water for some nutrition..no fat.
The swelling of the jaw could be from abuse or the medications.. monitor if that gets worse.
Keep us posted.. hoping for improvement.
 

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Thank you for rescuing him and giving him the best care you can. My Molly was very sick with a intestinal bug a month ago and she was shaky, lost weight, wouldn't eat etc. She wasn't drinking and that was what worried the vet the most (she is much better now after meds and hydration). I think as long as he is drinking water and going pee there is hope he will start to feel better soon. He is adorable by the way.
 
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