Join Date: May 2011
Dogs Name: UNO
Dogs Age: 11-11-2012
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Bleeding nose, mouth, and anus
Our 31/2 year old male Dobe caught a case of whipworms about a month ago. We gave him the Panacur as prescribed by our vet, but we gave it incorrectly. Instead of 20mm by mouth once a day for 3 days, then repeat in 2 weeks, and repeat again in 3 months. We gave him the 20cc a day until the bottle was empty. Never repeated. It was a mistake. Can't go back, and the vet said it wouldn't hurt him. Thing is, without the repeat dosage the whipworms eggs hatch and they come back. We were blissfully unaware, and our dog was getting better for 30 days. Then he started to have the same runny, bloody, stool he had when this all started. That's when we became aware that we messed up the first time. Well, back to the vet. He didn't know we had given him the medicine wrong the first time. When he saw the bloody stool, he thought it might be an Irritated Bowel. Suggested we do a ultrasound. That's OK, but it cost about $500 here, and doesn't include any treatment. We're not ever tight or cheap with our dog, but i just don't have the confidence in the initial diagnosis of irritable bowel. And, after reading more, i've found that the ultrasound doesn't really show much. A bowel biopsy is really needed to confirm IBS. Getting more $$$$
Next chapter. This morning, after restarting last night on the Panacur, he woke up with minor bleeding through the nose and mouth. His stool was already showing blood. He's not bleeding badly. Probably only a quarter cup total, if that. Still, that scared us. Took him to another vet early this morning, but they didn't come in until 9. So, i took him home and started doing research. Seems Dobe's in particular are inclined towards vWD, type 1. We think that the reoccurrence of bloody runny stools are the whipworms coming back, and that the bleeding mouth and nose are signs of vWD that has been aggravated by the bleeding caused by the whipworms. None of this is good, but at this point, we are trending towards completing the Panacur treatment, and waiting to see if the bleeding from the mouth and nose reoccur, and the runny stools firm up.