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Old 01-03-2013, 01:09 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hi, I'm new to this forum. I actually just signed up to see if I could get answers. I have a boxer that will be 9yrs in June. He's always been healthy, I've never had any real problems with him since I got him at 8wks. In the past month tho he's been losing weight, he eats but not like he used to and he throws up randomly. It could be right after he eats or 4hrs after he eats or he could even haven't had anything and just puke up clear watery liquid, which probably has something to do with the weight loss. On top of this his shedding has increased which is not a big deal since he's always shed really bad. What really concerns me is his eyes. I'm going to try to explain what it looks like since I don't have a picture to show. It's not always like this either, you can tell when it's going to happen again tho. First the bottom lid, not his 3rd lid, will droop and become very red, then the eye ball itself will point up like he's looking at the ceiling. His third lid isn't always up but sometimes and his top lid droops and he looks like he's falling asleep standing up. He's very calm when this happens and sometimes blinks a lot. other times the eye or the surrounding tissue fills up with blood. It's very scary. Also, a month ago he was completely fine healthy, perfect weight, now you see all his bones and didn't have eye issues. Oh I forgot to mention it appears that he's developed a fast forming cataract but the vet says it's not a cataract. It's a blue film over one of his eyes. One minute his eyes are normal and the next they're all sorts of messed up. At the vet the only thing they've found was a low thyroid and want him back in for more testing. He has an appt in two days but this trial an error is breaking my wallet. He is also bleeding when wet. When he was a pup there was another puppy that lived next door that would bite him and rough house and he would get scratches, nothing serious on his face neck and head and then one small piece on the tip of his ear that got a cut. Well that was 7-8yrs ago and now when I bathe him they bleed for hrs, the exact same cuts from when he was a pup. I was wondering if anyone else has had any similar things happen or if they might know what is going on. I found something called uevitis which is an eye condition but it is caused by an underlying problem and you must fix the problem or it can cause blindness. I haven't showed the vet my finding yet, he hates when I google things, he tells me not to believe everything I read lol but I'm at a loss here. In all the tests and appt he's had the only sure thing they've found is low thyroid. I just don't know what to do. He's my baby, he'll always be my puppy no matter how old he gets and I don't want to have to put him down but he's so miserable. He deals with something everyday and it's exhausting for him. A month ago he wouldn't have minded and seemed like a young dog but now he seems so old and tired. If anyone knows anything, has had this happen or is a vet themselves please help. thank you
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:21 PM   #2 (permalink)
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WOW. Your poor boy. I have never personally dealt with any of the issues you have mentioned. My first thought is a tumor/cancer some where in his body.

I hope you find some answers soon. Has your vet at least started him on thyroid meds?
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Old 01-03-2013, 01:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Oh no! It almost sounds like you're describing a stroke! I would definitely get a second opinion from another vet.
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:18 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Im sorry you are going through this. Most Vets hate when you research for yourself...dont let that discourage you and dont be intimidated by your Vet if you are I would personally find a Vet that listens to me!

With that being said you definitely need a second opinion. Do you happen to have a Holistic Vet in your area? Holistic Vets are trained in both traditional medicine and holistic medicine, I find them more receptive and open. Please keep us posted!
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:30 PM   #6 (permalink)
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I'm so sorry you are going throught this..

I would have to first think that perhaps it is some sort of tumor that is affecting his system... Has the vet ruled out any blockage? He didn't get into any poison or anything did he? It could actually be two separate things... the vomitting and not being able to eat properly and the eye thing could be something non-related just occuring at the same time....

I really hope you can figure this out. Perhaps take him for a second opinion by a different vet. If you are concerned over the cost, there are alot of vets that can do payments as opposed to paying in full up front...

Please keep us posted.
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Old 01-03-2013, 02:40 PM   #7 (permalink)
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ulcers of the cornia, skin issues, lethargy and hair loss can be associated with hypothyroidism. Has the vet started him on levothyrozine? I mean the tests are just a T4 which should take a day to get the results. There doesn't seem to be any reason that it wasn't done and medication started. The weight loss and vomiting may be a seperte issue. Hypothyroidism usually is a weight GAIN, although my dog did not gain and actually lost a bit. He could have several things going on, poor baby, but if his thyroid is low he should be on those meds and might help him with whatever else he might have going on.
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Old 01-03-2013, 03:28 PM   #8 (permalink)
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At around 10 years old my last dog developed Vestibular disease which came on with Hypothyroidism. I'm not sure the symptoms sound the same but since you mentioned his thyroid I thought you might like to read this link.

Stroke or Vestibular Disease?

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When you first stated about the eyes, i thought a stroke. Does any part of his body seem paralyzed when this is happening? Document how long this happens as well, it might help the vet(s) figure out what's wrong. As for the shedding it could be b/c of the vomitting/losing weight thing...he's prob getting malnurished from losing all the weight. I too would see another vet or find a specialist. If cost is a problem, most vets take care credit credit cards. Usually when you sign up you can get 6mon-2 years no interest. Ask your vet, or if you seek another vet if they accept it. Hope you can get some answers ASAP!!! Kepp us posted. In the meantime, Wyatt sends puppy prayers!
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Old 01-04-2013, 05:21 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Well, I ended up taking him in & leaving him for the vet to observe. Hopefully we find something out. Thank u for all of the replies. It helps to have an out-spiders view on things sometimes. He's being checked for anything & everything now. Althought the doc seems to think it could be something very serious, I'm hoping for the best. I'll repost when I hear something
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