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Our female Doberman is 4 years old and been off food for over 5-6 weeks. She has eaten little amounts of soft food / meat but at times has been sick with it - but not always. She has lost lots of weight and is miserable. She has had blood tests / x rays and nothing showing up .. she has had antibiotics and steroids. She perked up completely for a couple of days or so after a steroid injection and was eating / acting normally but then went downhill again. She has had tremors also - head and body quite violently sometimes. She gets very cold and has also had a temperature on and off. Also breathing oddly through her nose as if in pain and coughing/ gagging slightly sometimes but not always. Drinking lots of water. Thoroughly unhappy though. Not sure what to do as vets confused ! Any ideas?

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Are you anywhere near one of the vet schools--some have clinics and some will take referrals from your own vet but often because of specialist associated with the schools they can pin point the problem.

Some of the symptoms you've listed sound like what you get with a dog who has a chronic pain reaction going. But I'm oot a vet and I can only say that it is nearly impossible to treat a problem until you have a diagnosis.

Good luck...
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Thanks - she definitely is in pain and our vets next steps are to refer her to a specialist - just thought someone on here may have had something similar .. hate seeing her so unhappy :-(
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Poor girl.

Did your Vet check her heart?

Knew a dobe years ago who had similar symptoms, turned out she had a heart issue, possible DCM.

Hope your Vet can find out what your girls issue is.

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Thank you - will check the vet has checked for DCM x I think a specialist referral is next step.

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Also consider a partial blockage - X-rays often will not see them. You need to do an ultrasound. A 9 year old from my first litter was just lost last month to a partial blockage - I kept telling the owner to get an ultrasound that it could be a partial blockage but they never did. She suffered for over a month with it before dying. I had a necropsy done a Univ. of Penn - it was a mango pit that has perforated her intestine. She died of septic peritonitis - which is not a pleasant death :-(

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That is very sad. I had a Staffybull terrier that suffered weeks before I took her back and to my vet. She had swallowed a peach pit and it had also perforated her lower intestine and she went septic. Fortunately the surgery was a success and she is alive today. If I hadn't picked her up, I know she would not have made it.

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Verb thinks it could be MMM - any experience with this ?? http://www.purinaproclub.com/resourc...tment-success/
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Several folks here have had dogs with MMM problems. Try Googling “dobermantalk masticatory muscle myositis” and a number of threads from this forum will show up.
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