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Tripawd DC Jack with undiagnosed health issues. Any input appreciated
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17 May 2018 - 8:53 pm
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This is a link to DC Jack’s post that outlines all the symptons she’s  experiencing, the tests that hsve been run, etc. Hoping maybe uounjave some guidance  based on what she outlined. 

THANK YOU  for any assistance  for this sweet pup and her devoted humans❤

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How old is this dog?  Was her leg amputated because of cancer?  What type?

I am not sure what a “slight” UTI means and any UTI should be treated for longer than 7 days and probably with something stronger than cephalexin.  Did your vet run a culture?  That is how to determine if there is an infection and if so what type of bacteria and how long to treat and with which antibiotic.

Was the tumor in the abdomen a lipoma?  If not it is hard to say if it is benign without a biopsy.

Your dog looks like a herding breed and if so epilepsy is common but usually starts in dogs under age 5 yrs.  With the neck pain I would assume that the dog has some neurologic issue and an MRI should be performed as soon as you can afford it to rule out disc disease vs cancer in the spinal cord, or other brain diseases such as meningitis or syringomyelia.  Many of these things are treatable although cancer metastasis may not be.

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Until Sarah (Jack) sees this, I’ll just answer a couple of your questions. 

Jack is approximately  six yrs old.  Had her leg amputated  arpund two after previous leg and shoulder injury ,and debilitating  arthritis forming.

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Thanks so much, Pam. This is super helpful. 

So, I don’t have lab results in front of me but the vet said that there were signs of a low-grade urinary tract infection or just trace amounts of bacteria. No culturing was done – I didn’t realize that this should be done and I will follow-up on whether we should retest or be concerned about a chronic UTI or use of antibiotics when they aren’t needed. 

The tumor was a lipoma. 

Thanks for the thoughts on pursuing an MRI and a neuro consult. I didn’t know what to think about going down this road, but it’s good to hear you recommend it as well. 

One question: is it possible to taper off zonisamide and onto a different epilepsy treatment if this is what’s causing the lack of appetite? 

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You can taper off or lower the dose although zonisamide is probably the safest anticonvulsant.  You can try Keppra (or the generic) or potassium bromide.  Phenobarb works well but can cause liver damage so I rarely use that one anymore.

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