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Some of you may remember that when we "rescued" Cassie some 6 weeks ago she was seriously underweight. She had soft business with traces of blood. She has been under the care of our vet since then and he has tried various things but there has been no improvement. In fact she is now 1 kg less than she was when we got her. She has started to do business more often now, but it is sometimes almost liquid and contains traces of blood. My wife and I are really concerned about her. How long can this go on for?

Anyone got any ideas? Short of changing vets (but he is the best around here...supposedly) we really don't know what to do. Tomorrow morning we are taking her in again. We are tempted to tell him to keep her there under observation on an IV drip until he figures out what her problem is....
 

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Just got back from the vets and he gave her a blood test, ultrasound and x-ray. He says that there is a slim possibility that it is a blood vessel tumour and he has sent blood to the lab for tests. Should know by the end of the week, but he says that is highly unlikely given the type of dog and her age. Otherwise possibly an intolerance to the food.....

The saga continues!
 

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Barbara

sorry for not coming back earlier, things have been hectic and I have been away on business for a while.

A short update on Cassie: she pretty definitely has some form of colitis. She was doing ok on Hills wd, but this wasn't giving her enough calories and she was actually losing more weight. This was worrying as she is thin as a rake as it is. She is now on a mixture of Hills wd and id and gradually she is getting more of the latter and it seems to be stable.

However, she started with a vaginal discharge about three weeks ago. We took her to the vet who decided that he would take the opportunity to spay her. It was probably just as well as she had a pre-stage of pyometra (in a nustshell). We would have had her spayed anyway, but just wanted to wait until she had put on more weight.

As it is, she is in great form now. Now, we just need to finish house-training her and get her to sleep a tad longer and we will all be in great shape.

Cassie was a "rescue" and cost us next to nothing, but boy has she made up for it in vet fees!!!
 

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Cassie is definitely on the right track. Hills i/d really seems to be working out and her tummy seems to have stabilised. Her "business" is still on the soft side, but nothing that is too worrisome. She is certainly energetic and happy enough. She has suffered no after-effects of her spaying and I have to say that the vet did a great job with the incision. Her house-training is improving and the indoor "accidents" are becoming more infrequent. She is also sleeping a little longer.... So, all in all things are improving. Maybe we can go for a week now without visiting the vet with either Cassie, Hana or Abby.... :)
 
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