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Help Please... Vet Is Stumped And I Am Very Concerned

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Hello All,

I have been a lurker on the forum, but this is the first time posting.  Last week we had to take Gizmo in to get his dew claw cut off because it had got caught on something and was half way torn off.  Later that evening, we noticed he had what appeared to be a very bad bruise on the same leg the claw was removed.  Since the areas was in the same spot where the anethesia IV was placed, we attributed the bruise tothe IV and didnt worry about it.  In  the next few days, it began to diminish, getting lighter and lighter each day.

 

Late last night (10 days after the claw removal) we noticed a very dark bruise like marking on Gizmo's front leg in the very same spot we saw it before. We were pretty startled because it looked  worse than it was the day of his surgery, at it appeared so suddenly (we had taken photos of him just a few hours earlier and were able to confirm nothing was present at that time).  We also noticed that the leg was swollen, and allthough Gizmo wasnt limping, he appeared to be favoring the other leg.  We called the 24/hour vet emergency line and were told that if the "bruised" area continues to grow, that we needed to take him into the emergency room, otherwise it could wait until morning.  We drew a circle around the bruise with marker and kept a close eye.  After a few hours of not seeing any expansion, we finally called it a night and went to bed around 4:00am.

 

At around 7:30am this morning we woke up to learn that it had in fact expanded, about 33%.  We took him to vet and they ran a told them about how we saw something similar the day that he had the surgery.  They dismissed any connection and said its possible that he got bitten by a snake or ate rat poison.  After confirming neither of the two were likely scenarios given our surroundings, they said it might be some kind of tic bite or lyme disease.  They took some blood tests, and sent us on our way, telling us to call them if it gets worse.  We grabbed a marker and again drew an outline of the bruise of it so that we could see if it expanded.

 

Later in the afternoon, we checked him and again it had continued to expand.  We called the vet and were told to bring him back in.  They had the blood tests back from our morning visit, and everything looked normal with the exception of the "D-Dimer" test.  A normal result for dogs is less than 250, but Gizmo's came back at 3,624.  The vet said that he wasnt sure what that meant, because usually other results will be abnormal in combination with the D-Dimer, which helps pinpoint the issue.  Having an elevated D-Dimer only is something he hadnt experienced before.  He called an interalist for advice, and was told we should just bring him back tomorrow morning for more tests.

 

I am hoping that one of you may have experienced what we are going through and could provide some insight.  As of right now, my vet is stumped on what is causing my dogs condition and his only suggestion is if he begins bleeding out of orfices (eyes, nose, mouth etc) than to take him to the emergency room.  I dont want to wait until it gets to that point to take action if there is something else that can be addressed.

 

Attached are photos of his bruising.  The first twwo were taken this morning, the last two were taken just now (you can see it is impacting both sides of his leg).  The interior circle with black marker is where we outlined the bruise last night (it gives you an idea of how it has since progressed).  Does anyone have any suggestions?  I am desperate here...

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Florrie

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if you live anywhere around Boston, Ma. you should take him to the ER at Angell Memorial  Hospital   . They have specialist in every department on call 24 hrs a day.  Good luck with Gismo and keep us posted. Prays for your baby


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I don't have experience, but I couldn't just read and run.  Please keep us posted.  It is scary to see things like this on our pups.  I hope it isn't serious and that you find out what it is today.

 

(((hugs)))


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I'm sorry I can't help T_____T iv never seen anything like it ... I'll keep my fingers crossed for you and hope your little darling gets well soon

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I am so sorry I have no clue, please keep us posted! I hope it is nothing serious!



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I am only familiar with D Dimer tests in humans. It is a test to predict clotting disorders, blood clots etc. it is not a conclusive test but tells the MD where he should investigate further.
I can see why the vet questioned rat poison since it causes bleeding disorders. Wish I had more information to offer. Please keep us posted!
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Last summer we had someone throwing meat laced with rat poison over people's home fences and  laced meat scattered around at both local dog parks. Once it made the local newspapers it just kind of disappeared.  There are way too many 'sick' people out there. Hope your baby is improving.



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Oh, that's scary. I agree with Florrie; if you are anywhere near Angell Memorial, get to their ER. Or Tufts Veterinary, assuming that you're somewhere in MA.

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I've just seen this. Can't offer any advise and it would be too late now anyway, but is there any update? 


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I really would appreciate an update too.  


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www.petmd.com/dog/conditions/skin/c_dg_petechaiae_ecchymosis_bruising 

 

www.vetinfo.com/blood-clots-in-dogs.html

 

I don't pretend to know anything.....just trying to use some common sense.  Perhaps these web pages

might give some direction. 



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For Gizmo...you may also want to look at

www.vetinfo.com/thrombocytopenia-in-dogs.html

 

Again....not a vet...just wanting to get some possible suggestions to you to

investigate.  Being proactive is key.  Don't wait on someone. 

Hang on Gizmo...theres an answer.

prayers.....



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My baby boy jiggs had several bad bruises like that seemed to disappear after several days. Always getting biggerbefore smaller. Then around 8 months i had him neutered. He was bruised a little but acted completely normal. But by the next morning he was lethargic. I rushed him back to my vet & they looked at his gums. They were VERY pale. He stayed & had blood work. I had to decide whether or not to proceed with blood transfusions or not. He was a hemophiliac & had some clotting factors but not enough. It is VERY rare. I got so tired of hearing "is that common for their breed?" NO. more common in doberman & German Shepherd. Most puppies that have it die before anyone knows they have it. My vet whom I adore explained it like every time we do a transfusion it's like a bandaid. I did it about 4 times. He'd be great for 4 to 6 months then out of nowhere. He also would not bruise but I could tell how he was acting & off we would go. We always kept plasma in the freezer at vet for emergencies. This past spring, he was fine when I left for work. He completely was paralyzed in bk legs a couple hrs later. He was bleeding on his spine so I had no choice. It was the hardest dog I have ever lost. & most expensive in the end but I'd do it all over again. It's like there is nothing out there. I searched everywhere. If this is what ur baby has your breeder probably knows it. It shows up in the males. Please keep me posted & let me know if I can help




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