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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-12-2017, 04:45 PM Thread Starter
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New Puppy Very Sick

Little life update as I've been swamped with work and a million other things.

We had to put down our 11 year old English Bulldog in November due to some health issues, but she lived a good long life for a bully. We currently have a 5 year old lab who was very lonely after Ella (our bully) passed. About 3 weeks ago I brought home a 3 month old French Bulldog now named Dixie. I took her to the vet and had her checkup and everything was fine other than some minor worms, which she took dewormer for. No biggie. Well fast forward to last week and we had noticed she had a little cough that had become slightly more often, but she seemed fine otherwise and it's hard to tell whether it's cough or hacking from eating bones/grass/etc. Thursday she played with our cousins dog and after coming back home she didn't eat very much and slept quite a bit, but we didn't think much of it as she had been playing for awhile. Bedtime, no issues. Well we wake up at 6am and she's vomited blood and having trouble breathing, so I rush her to the vet. They say they think it's pneumonia and they'll observe her and ease her breathing with some O2. There were no signs and it was just a fluke that was worsened being a puppy with little immune system.

We get a call later that day that it's way worse than they thought and optimistically give her a 50/50 chance. Never good to hear that. Saturday not much changed. This morning we get a call that she is very bad and it's best to put her down. My mom arrived at the vet to do it and they say she's made some improvement so we're going to watch and see if it continues, so for now she is better. I was out of town this weekend for a college alumni event, so to get that news this morning was very tough. I'm glad it didn't happen. We've just now spoken with the vet and they say she's doing even better, although we're still very cautious about becoming too optimistic, she's eating (and wanting to eat), passing regular stool and eased her breathing to a more normal rate. This is great news that hopefully will continue.

Please keep Dixie in your thoughts/prayers. She is a strong-willed fighter and won't give up. Thank you!

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You got my thoughts and prayers....I'm sorry, i wish I could afford it, I'd give.....but I barely make it paycheck to paycheck....I hope the pup gets better fast!

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Thanks Tony, prayers are greatly appreciated! She's doing much better today, but still some ways to go. I had good money in the coffers, but wow the bills add up quickly. It's like that with ALL health care it seems.

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i've had animal costs with the 10 dollar cat we got from the humane society. wound up costing over 1k pretty quickly. might i suggest looking into a care credit credit card. 0% interest for the first year, can be used for more than medical expenses.

i'm not one to push the use of credit cards but we've had one for a couple of years now and it's been helpful. pay what you can up front then use the card for the rest possibly.

just a thought.
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Well she's out of the vet and back home! Still a few weeks of recovery, but off oxygen and on oral meds. Huge improvement. We are so blessed!

Joe, I hadn't seen that before, that's really nice. I actually got some good news today that they discounted the last day and gave me a $200 credit (After spending $7k there, it's the least they could do). I was concerned about further costs, but I can cover up to now on my credit card. Thanks for the tip, though! God willing I never need to consider it again, though.

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Good luck with your puppy.

In my experience some vets just are clueless, they know what is in the books they are taught and are closed minded to anything else. Our dog was written off by the local vets after about a grand in bills, they sent her home in kidney failure and basically said there was no way she could recover. She was a stray that showed up, tail wagging so hard when she came up to me could tell she was happy to see a person. Ended up with heartworms, and it was a rough battle, my kids loved that dog so I tried what seemed like a real long shot going with an herbal remedy and it was a long rough battle but she came through. Told the vets we had found an herbal remedy regimen online we wanted to try, and they laughed and said if you want to waste your money it is not going to help but it probably won't hurt. Funny thing when we took her back and she was clear of heartworms they wanted to know what we did. About 6 years later she is still kicking. Has since killed countless water moccasins, gotten bit a few times, still chases squirrels like she is a puppy.

Guess what I am saying is don't let your vet write the dog off if you think there is some hope. If you have a diagnosis, might not hurt to research it.
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Don't know how I missed this
Really sorry to hear.
Glad she's home and on the mend and home with her humans.

I find , or at least I feel, that veterinarian pricing seems to be somewhat "predatory". We all know how much pets mean to us and, so do the vets, and my feeling is they adjust their pricing accordingly.
I could be full of crap (I've been accused of that before) but, having spent many $$$'s over the years to keep them "with us" it just seems that way.
Never left the vets office for less that $200.00. Seems to be their baseline.

Some things are better left unsaid, which I generally realize right after I have said them.

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