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Old 07-07-2011, 09:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My 3 year old boxer has had 5 or 6 bouts of 104+ fevers over his life time. Along with the fevers come lethargy, and joint pain. The onsets seems very sudden. My vet has done multiple rounds of blood work, kidney and liver tests, etc. and is stumped. Negative for everything (including the obvious limes). When he spikes these fevers, my vet has been treating him with pain meds and antibiotics. They seem to work, because when he's on them for a day or two, the fever and pain subside. But we still can't find out what is causing these fevers. Any one have any similar experiences and outcomes?
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Old 07-07-2011, 09:46 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I was going to suggest lymes, but that's been ruled out.
Have you kept a log of when these episodes happened?
Any correlation between any booster shots? Annual boosters? kennel cough vaccines? Lymes vaccine? leptospirosos vaccine?
Any specific times of the year? Weather condiions? Dietary changes?

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Hey thanks for the response. My boy's name is Bruce!

Yeah we have kept a log, and there is no correlation between the events. We actually were due to have his yearly vaccinations last month, but it was scheduled right after one of his episodes, so the vet didn't want to give him the vaccines while he was still recovering. We haven't changed anything for him. It's so weird how it just comes from no where. Like he'll be outside running around, happy, and then a couple hours later have a high fever and want nothing to do with anything.
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Bruce is cute ! Love the tie!!!

Is there anything in the yard (plant, weed, etc) that he might me nibbling on? There are a lot of toxic plants.

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Annual boosters are not really necessary and can actually be harmeful.

How Often Should You Vaccinate Your Dog?
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Fevers can also happen when pain is present. Perhaps a pinched nerve? Do they usually happen after he has been very active?
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My female misty had a high fever and was in a lot of pain when she was six months old, she could barely walk and would yelp with every step, i took her to my vet and he was stumped and put her on antibiotics, after two days it seemed to get much worse and i had prepared my self that i was going to loose her, she was that bad, i spoke with one of my old time boxer breeders and they gave me an ear full and demanded i tell my vet to get her on baytril, so i gave my vet a call and practically got into a fight with him over the phone because he didn't think that baytril was right for misty, long story short i convinced him to give me the baytril and within hours misty was back to normal, my vet could not believe the results, i don't know what type of antibiotics you have your dog on but i would ask your vet about baytril.
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Welcome, first of all! Bruce is a cutie! Sorry, I cannot offer any advice. Greg, what is baytril??? What is it used for???
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Gypsiemouse- No exotic plants in yard that would cause this. Bruce comes to work with me everyday, so he's very rarely outside (for extended periods of time).

2 Many Dogs- Some episodes he limps on his front legs, other episodes he limps on his back legs, others his neck is sore, and this one his whole body. The first time this happened the emergency vet said it was meningitis, but it went away, and he was back to normal in a day. I think the quick recovery that he usually has would rule out pinched nerves, but I'm going to take him to a specialist for some sort of full body scan.

Greg- Thanks for your suggestion man! I'm on this, and will definitely talk to my vet about it.

Bruce woke up this morning with a 105.2 fever, and collapsed when he tried to get up to go outside. He's still managing to eat some food, and is still drinking water, and doing his business outside.

Thanks for everyone's input and support! Keep it coming.....
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I am so sorry to hear about Bruce. I would not rule out Lyme disease. It is very difficult to locate the spirochetes that are associated with this illness. There are other illnesses that act like this as well such as steroid-responsive meningitis. You really need to get him to a vet (and perhaps a different one) today. A fever of 105 is dangerous and can hurt internal organs. If the blood work is not showing anything definitive then ultrasounds of the internal organs looking for any abnormalities, a spinal tap or cultures for fungus would be appropriate. Please keep us updated!

PS - Baytril is Enrofloxacin (a broad-spectrum antibiotic) and is very effective in Boxers for resistant bacteria and also Boxer colitis.

http://www.medi-vet.com/baytril.aspx

Here is information on Steroid Responsive Meningitis:
http://www.petwave.com/Dogs/Dog-Heal...itis/SRMA.aspx

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