My dog keeps getting the same sickness and the vets cannot determine what is wrong with her

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Barked: Fri Dec 9, '11 6:03pm PST 
I have a 1/2 Wirehaired Pointing Griffon 1/2 German Wirehaired Pointer she is spayed and is 1 yr and 10 Months. She had her rabies and other required shots end of March 2011 the first week of May she stayed at a kennel for a week and when we picked her up she had diarrhea. She vomitted foamy yellow stuff a copuple of times. Then a couple of days later she started to get lethargic and would not eat or drink unless you placed the bowl up to her. She started sleeping in the closet inetad of in the bed with us like normal. She woudld stare off into space and would not jump on the bed and would seem to have pain in her back and back legs if touched. We took her to the vet they gave her fluids since she had a fever and sent her home with amoxicillin and metronidazole for 2 weeks she seemed better than a few days after her last does she was sick again. Took her to an emergency vet and they did tests for valley fever, rocky mountain spotted fever, lyme disease and basic blood work as well as a stool test all the tests came back negative. She was sent home with a 3 week course of Doxycycline and Metronidazole and this time once she stopped she was fine. Now 6 Months later it is back again. I am not sure what is causing this and would love to get your opionion. I need a vet to make a diagnosis so this does not keep repating, she is miserable and I can't have her going through this every few Months. Please help.

Edited by author Sat Dec 10, '11 9:40am PST


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Barked: Fri Dec 9, '11 8:39pm PST 
This sounds like any one of the many illnesses caused by tick bites.
I would have another blood panel run this time which may show something such as Lyme disease which even if treated immediately after a tick bite the first panel will show up negative but during a flare up of the illness will come up positive. Good Luck and I hope your vet is able to provide answers or one of the many vet techs that are dogsters will be able to at least take a guess and recommend your next steps. Keeping paws crossed your pup is feeling better soon.
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Barked: Fri Dec 9, '11 9:19pm PST 
Have your Vets suggested seeing a Veterinary Internal Specialist and/or a Veterinary Neurologist? Sounds like you need some extra eyes on the problems your pup is having. The fact that this all started when he returned from the kennel and after having vaccines makes it seem like it is all related somehow.
Vomiting white foam can be from gastric reflux which definately can come and go but the other symptoms don't sound like gastric problems. Not wanting to jump onto the bed could be spinal problems or a number of other ortho problems. Staring out into space could be associated with a seizure disorder, pain or confusion.
Has there been ultrasounds of the abdomen to rule out something going on that is not reflected on bloodwork? Also, any xrays of the hips, spine and neck to rule out ortho problems?
All blood work came back within normal limits?
Personally, second opinions would be big in my mind.
Is there a Veterinary school anywhere around you? They are usually a good choice for unusual problems, they have lots of avenues that some Vets do not have at their disposal such as CT scans, MRIs, and all the bells and whistles.
I hope you can figure out what is going on, how frustrating for you and your pup.


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Barked: Fri Dec 9, '11 9:46pm PST 
Couple of questions
Since you are registered as a Guest, I have no idea where you live; some tick borne illnesses are more prevalent in certain states.

1. Did they test for Ehrlichia?
2. Does she have any swelling in her legs or face while having the other symptoms?

Barked: Sat Dec 10, '11 9:38am PST 
I am wondering about this being a tick disease. I am in Arizona and what I have been reading there are numerous cases here of Lyme disease. I am in the Verde Valley, Camp Verde to be exact. They did not test for Ehrlichia, only Lyme disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. They seem to think infection since she gets a fever when she starts to get sick and then the antibiotics take away all symptoms. This last time she went 6 Motnhs without any symptoms and I thought she was cured, but then it happened again. So I would not think spinal issues since it would not wax and wane. I will look to see if there is a Vet School we live in a small area but I am willing to drive of course.

Barked: Sat Dec 10, '11 9:39am PST 
I know this is a long shot but could she have been injured where it messed with the functioning of the brain?

Barked: Sat Dec 10, '11 9:41am PST 
She has never been injured and if it was a brain injury then I would not assume it would come and go like it does. I am thinking it is the fever that makes her act strange when she gets sick, from what i have been reading about it.

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Barked: Sat Dec 10, '11 3:41pm PST 
Website with good information about tick-borne diseases:
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Barked: Sun Dec 11, '11 3:08pm PST 
I also think it sounds like tick disease. Not the standard, "oops, you're limping and test positive, here's some Doxy," but the rarer form that gets into their neurological system. It can be managed successfully, but management is life long.
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Barked: Wed Dec 14, '11 12:07am PST 
Did you already try a homeopathy? I have very good experience with such kind of remedies. Do you live in Europe or in America?
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