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Old 10-17-2014, 07:59 PM
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Update on Lina: As you know, Lina was at our vet's office all day last Wednesday for IV nutrition and hydration, more x-rays, ultra sounds, and tests. The tests results were negative. The tests revealed nothing was “wrong” except there is sludge in Line’s gall bladder. Vet told us that if Lina eats and drinks, this would clear up the sludge in her gall bladder. He believes her lack of appetite could be from allergies? or her loss of smell and taste because of her age? We took Lina back home Wednesday evening.

Unfortunately, Lina could barely eat and we forced fed her Nutri-Cal and Children's Pedialyte. She was extremely weak and could barely stand and walk. We took her back to our vet this past Saturday so she could get another IV for nutrition and hydration. We insisted that Lina is very sick even though all her test results were negative. Our vet took another blood test. This new blood test revealed Lina’s red blood cell count is going down while her white blood cell count is going up – this explains why Lina has no no appetite because she feels lousy and is sick! Our vet believes Lina may have an infection and gave her an antibiotic shot. He is guessing that Lina may have an autoimmune disease or the beginning of cancer where a tumor is too small to be found by x-rays or ultra sound? He gave Prednisone (a steroid) for Lina to take for 28 days. If she has autoimmune disease, the Prednisone will work.

In the meanwhile, Lina is eating small amounts of food and sometimes we have to force feed her. She is still very weak and lethargic and could barely stand up or walk. She wants us to hold and comfort her.

We have an appointment with our vet tomorrow morning (Tuesday) for Lina to get another blood test to see if the Prednisone is working. If her red blood cell count did not go down any further, then the Prednisone is working and she has an autoimmune disease and not cancer. If her white blood cell count is not going up, then the antibiotic shot worked. Lina is fighting for her life now.

Has anyone had this experience with their Chihuahua? We are heartbroken about our precious Lina, and sick with worry about losing her too soon.
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I'm sorry it wasn't better news. I hope you get some more conclusive results tomorrow.
Thanks for taking the time to update us.
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Hi BellaLina's Mom,

I've been checking here everyday to see if there was an update on Lina. I'm so sorry there aren't any answers yet, I know how hard this is. Does Lina have any other symptoms, like pale and sticky gums, continued dehydration, does she drink water, go potty, cry out in any pain? Lina's symptoms are very similar to what I just went through with my chi - and it ended up being pancreatitis, inflamed intestines, and ulcers. She was very anemic and dehydrated. I know I already mentioned that the cause (we're guessing) was aspirin toxicity, but she was also given metacam for torn ligament and possibly it was a reaction to that. I guess we'll never know, but even certain foods can cause pancreatitis which is very painful for our little one's. It's also treatable which is the good news. I'll definitely keep your little Lina in my prayers.
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PS - I should have added that Snoopie's blood cell counts were all over the map. She had three different test over a period of three weeks. Cancer was suspected, and then they thought her body might be attacking the red blood cells and in the end, (just this past Friday) they felt an injection of Liver and liver vitamins would be sufficient. They thought because of all the trauma she went through her body may have initially lost a lot of iron. I'm sure I'm not explaining it all properly, but the end result was so much better than initially believed.
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Hi BellaLina's Mom,

I've been checking here everyday to see if there was an update on Lina. I'm so sorry there aren't any answers yet, I know how hard this is. Does Lina have any other symptoms, like pale and sticky gums, continued dehydration, does she drink water, go potty, cry out in any pain? Lina's symptoms are very similar to what I just went through with my chi - and it ended up being pancreatitis, inflamed intestines, and ulcers. She was very anemic and dehydrated. I know I already mentioned that the cause (we're guessing) was aspirin toxicity, but she was also given metacam for torn ligament and possibly it was a reaction to that. I guess we'll never know, but even certain foods can cause pancreatitis which is very painful for our little one's. It's also treatable which is the good news. I'll definitely keep your little Lina in my prayers.
No, Lina has no other symptoms. Our vet says Lina does not have pancreatitis, inflamed intestines or ulcers, and her gums are not pale or sticky. Lina is slightly dehydrated. She does not cry out in pain. She is constipated from the Prednisone although she probably has not eaten enough to have bowel movements.

The sad fact is that the emergency vet and our regular vet have no clear answers or diagnosis as to why Lina is so sick. Our regular vet is guessing at Lina's illness right now. I wish our pets could talk and tell us when they are sick and what they are feeling physically.

Thank you for keeping Lina in your prayers. We will keep your little Snoops in our thoughts and prayers too.
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PS - I should have added that Snoopie's blood cell counts were all over the map. She had three different test over a period of three weeks. Cancer was suspected, and then they thought her body might be attacking the red blood cells and in the end, (just this past Friday) they felt an injection of Liver and liver vitamins would be sufficient. They thought because of all the trauma she went through her body may have initially lost a lot of iron. I'm sure I'm not explaining it all properly, but the end result was so much better than initially believed.
I'm so glad to hear they came up with a diagnosis and saved Snoops. Please give Snoops extra love, hugs and kisses.
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I'm so glad to hear they came up with a diagnosis and saved Snoops. Please give Snoops extra love, hugs and kisses.
Thank you that is so sweet. Snoops is still going to daycare everyday (my mom's lol) while I'm at work. She still needs to be watched closely, but she's moving in the right direction. As far as food goes, I also had to "force" feed Snoopie, but I kept it really simple so she wouldn't fuss. I put boiled chicken and some grain free crunchies (small handful) in a food processer with at least 1/4 cup of bottled water. I added one probiotic supplement pill, one milk-thistle, and a squirt of fish oil. After blending I warmed it up just a little and put it in a syringe. She liked it so much I could actually squirt it on the top of my hand and she would lick it off rather than having to squirt it in her mouth. I really felt that that was when she started to turn the corner, when she started getting nutrients (food) back in her little body.
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