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Beyond an infection

Well, we have had a rough week with Django. We have been in the Addisonian crisis hole for a week. In addition to that, when he's in this crisis mode, his ability to fight off an infection is almost impossible. He got a weird eye infection after his teeth cleaning and was on antibiotic eye drops however once he went into crisis, the infection went beyond an eye infection.

I took him to the vet yesterday to make sure it wasn't more than just the additions because truthfully, we could not seem to get him out of this awful hole. I had spoken to the vet several times and we decided it was time to take him in. AFter 2 hours in the vets rooms and blood work up the wazuu, the vet said that all his levels are normal (thank goodness) but he believes this might be our new normal. We have been able to manage his addisons with a weekly low dose of prednisone but it appears as thought now, he might need a dose 2x a day. He's still out of it but is willing to go for his morning walk.

The point however of my posting is that when the vet saw him, he saw the awful infection in his eyes (I had posted something about how to clean the crud from a dogs face) he saw the crud and said Django needs to go on antibiotics to help with this eye infection. He has never done well with antibiotics and when he goes on them, he doesn't eat for days, is lethargic which is the last thing I need because he's already beyond lethargic now.

He told me about an antibiotic that's been around for quite some time however vets don't suggest it too often because it is very expensive.....for big dogs, but not for small dogs. It's an antibiotic that's injected under their skin and is a slow release over 12 days. It never goes into their gut! No GI upset. Concerned as always, my dog is the one dog that's going to have the one side effect that's listed but the vet assured me it was extremely safe. So, we gave it to Django.

The groomer came over yesterday, adding more stress to his already stressful day but we had to get his face cleaned. Once he realized she wasn't combing anything out but rather soaking and messaging the goop out, he let her do her thing. Poor guy, she had to cut the hair extremely close to his eyes and nose to get the crud out, he looks very sad but at least he is clean and on the road to recovery.

So the next time your dog needs antibiotics and if your dog is like mine and doesn't do well at all with them, ask about the once that's injected under their skin. His eyes do look better today and he hasn't lost his appetite.
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Poor baby!! Pixie and Mig send lickies!

You two don't ever seem to get a break. You are a wonderful dog mom and Django is a very brave boy. I really do hope that he gets well very soon and both of you can rest easy for a while.
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I agree. Why can't you catch a break? I know you're hurting too, but I feel so bad for Django and all the suffering he's done. I hope the new injection helps out his infection so that he can get one thing out of the way. Poor, poor guy. He is such a trooper! Hugs to both of you. Hope things are looking up for you soon. Your trials and tribulations being tears o my eyes.


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Well, we have had a rough week with Django. We have been in the Addisonian crisis hole for a week. In addition to that, when he's in this crisis mode, his ability to fight off an infection is almost impossible. He got a weird eye infection after his teeth cleaning and was on antibiotic eye drops however once he went into crisis, the infection went beyond an eye infection.

I took him to the vet yesterday to make sure it wasn't more than just the additions because truthfully, we could not seem to get him out of this awful hole. I had spoken to the vet several times and we decided it was time to take him in. AFter 2 hours in the vets rooms and blood work up the wazuu, the vet said that all his levels are normal (thank goodness) but he believes this might be our new normal. We have been able to manage his addisons with a weekly low dose of prednisone but it appears as thought now, he might need a dose 2x a day. He's still out of it but is willing to go for his morning walk.

The point however of my posting is that when the vet saw him, he saw the awful infection in his eyes (I had posted something about how to clean the crud from a dogs face) he saw the crud and said Django needs to go on antibiotics to help with this eye infection. He has never done well with antibiotics and when he goes on them, he doesn't eat for days, is lethargic which is the last thing I need because he's already beyond lethargic now.

He told me about an antibiotic that's been around for quite some time however vets don't suggest it too often because it is very expensive.....for big dogs, but not for small dogs. It's an antibiotic that's injected under their skin and is a slow release over 12 days. It never goes into their gut! No GI upset. Concerned as always, my dog is the one dog that's going to have the one side effect that's listed but the vet assured me it was extremely safe. So, we gave it to Django.

The groomer came over yesterday, adding more stress to his already stressful day but we had to get his face cleaned. Once he realized she wasn't combing anything out but rather soaking and messaging the goop out, he let her do her thing. Poor guy, she had to cut the hair extremely close to his eyes and nose to get the crud out, he looks very sad but at least he is clean and on the road to recovery.

So the next time your dog needs antibiotics and if your dog is like mine and doesn't do well at all with them, ask about the once that's injected under their skin. His eyes do look better today and he hasn't lost his appetite.
Kodi got a long lasting abx like that when he had Puppy Pyoderma as a puppy. The abx that they normally use to treat Pyoderma is one I am very allergic to. So, by giving him this long-acting shot, we avoided me having to handle anything. He had no problem with it at all, and it cleared up the infection nicely.


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I feels so bad for the two of you!! It's always something that you have to deal with! Hope things turn around quickly ! Keep us posted.

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Oh, Man, Django.... So sorry to ready about your little guy's latest episode. Thinking of you both and hope he is soon feeling better.

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Well, despite the shaved face, his eyes are looking wonderful! That antibiotic has started working. Yippie!

He still goes for his morning walks, that's about the extent of our activity but hey, he's out there walking and getting fresh air! He's a fighter and I know he will get out of this awful darkness very soon. I just feel so bad he has to go through something again but, he's a trooper and our little buddy!
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Well, despite the shaved face, his eyes are looking wonderful! That antibiotic has started working. Yippie!

He still goes for his morning walks, that's about the extent of our activity but hey, he's out there walking and getting fresh air! He's a fighter and I know he will get out of this awful darkness very soon. I just feel so bad he has to go through something again but, he's a trooper and our little buddy!
Glad to hear that he is looking and feeling a bit better. Hope you'll see an improvement each day. You both deserve it. Hang in there little buddy.


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Keeping Django in my thoughts and prayers -- you both need a break



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I hope Django feels better! What a great boy!


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