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Well to start things off, when we got Reeko back in Nov he was skin and bones, we ended up finding out he was infested with hookworms in Feb. Wonderful! Now I have contaminated soil in my yard with hookworms :chair: anyways ever since we got him back we have been having problems with him eating, and throwing up and having the runs. Well last week I decided to drop another stool sample off to the vet since its been getting worse. Again positive for hookworms, so he gets wormed. I have a feeling, even with him being on heartguard, this is going to be an ongoing rountine of worming him every couple of months since Ive heard they can live in the soil for up to 7 years :cry_baby: So today he went back to the vet since he hasnt gotten any better, he is also starting to lose some weight, not a lot but still. Stool came back neg which I knew it would since he was just neutered. Vet looked in his mouth, felt his tummy, ect. NOTHING! Took his temp, that was fine. They he was standing there talking to me and out of no where I saw Reeko give him the "ugly face" and before I could get "ah ah" out Reeko jumped up and grabbed the vets hand :chair: I of course told him he was a bad boy, and told the vet that he has a problem with men but it has gotten sooo much better since Ive been working with him and he has never ever ever snapped at someone like that! The vet told me he was proud that I was right on top of him when he did it, he said most owners really dont know what to do. Anyways so Reeko earned the "privilage" to get muzzled while the vet drew blood :cry: They are running a FULL panel for like everything under the sun to try and find out what the heck is wrong with him. He said I should hear back from him tomorrow sometime on the results.

Oh and after that whole fiasco I had the vet listen to his heart again since he had a grade 2 heart murmur and he said it has gotten a little bit worse :cry_baby: Reeko is only 4 years old and both his parents hearts were tested before they were bred :cry:
 

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I hope they find the problem soon. Did they check for pancreatitis? This can be a factor in finicky eaters. Also, can cause behavioral changes.

I am sorry about the murmur - you have enough on your plate!

We will say prayers for you and Reeko that everything will turn out alright.
 

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Find a local dvm university and get them to ultrasound his heart to put your mind at ease... Dvm in private practice are horrible to judge and or trust to diagnose a heart murmur... Dvm a may say Grade 1 the next grade 2 and the third says there's something but they are not sure what... Ultrasounds are usually done but a board certified specialist and cost about 400 in Canada
 

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Hey Cindi....sorry to hear about Reeko's health problems. Sounds like this wasn't the greatest day for you guys. :( I hope Reeko's feeling better soon, and hopefully the vet's hand wasn't hurt too bad. Poor Reeko....there isn't any chance that Pete could catch hook worm, is there?
 

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I dont think Pete can get hookworms, atleast I hope not, Ive never heard about deworming a duck lol.

Thanks everybody for the thoughts and prayers....Reeko still isnt really eating yet hes acting fine and not really losing any weight. The vet called me lastnight and said everything came back normal with the bloodwork :/ He wants me to call him in a week or so to see how hes doing
 

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Awww good luck on finding out what is wrong with poor Reeko. Bummer about the muzzle but I worked at a vet for 6 years and it makes doc and dog much happier :)
 

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Jaxon and Baylee send healing licks and boxer wiggles to Reeko. Hope he feels better soon. Hookworms are caused by fleas. Get rid of the fleas and it will help..
 

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Get feeling better soon Reeko!!! We want to see you out in the yard doing boxer burns WORM FREE :) If you are seeing just a regular vet, I would recommend seeing a cardiologist to determine the extent and cause of the murmur. Zoey has a murmur intermediate in grade, she was evaluated by a cardiologist and it was determined that her murmur was benign and should not cause her any problems. Best of luck to you and Reeko!
 

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MomtoJax&Bay...our dogs don't have fleas. Hookworms can be picked up ANYWHERE! Wild animals carry them also and when a dog steps on contaminated soil, where hookworms can live for a very long time, and lick their paws....thats how most dogs get hookworms
 
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