UPDATE: The news is not at all what we'd hoped for. Yasha has an inoperable mass in her bowels. Please keep her in your thoughts. She'll be a hospice girl and live out her days as a beloved family member with her foster family.
Adorable little Yasha Inu was surrendered when her owner moved to Hawai'i.
She's been suffering from serious diarrhea for weeks, and courses of Flagyl and other drugs have had no effect at all. She's currently on a special diet to see if her problems can be controlled that way.
We are afraid that she may have IBD or IBS, two different diagnoses that present similarly. Many of you will remember Slava, the terribly sick girl we brought in to FBRN several years ago. Slava recently passed away after taking a serious downturn.
Yasha's foster mom says this: "Yasha has very bad diarrhea. She has been treated with Flagyl, Tylan,
Clavamox for a UTI, Forti Flora and B12. She shows signs of muscle
wasting and nutritional deficiencies.
We are in the middle of a food
trial as one of the vets she saw thought her constant diarrhea
was allergies. Based on the muscle wasting and coat condition, and the
fact that she comes to you and lays at your feet after she poops so you
can clean her up, I bet this has been a pretty chronic thing for her.
Poor sweetie reminds me of Slava.
Yasha is probably a very sweet girl. She enjoys eating, going for walks
and gets super happy when I come home .... But overall my
personal impression of her is she looks and acts sick; listless and
We headed up to my vet Monday night; did a fecal culture and a full
blood panel for pancreatitis and a pancreatic enzyme test. All her
blood work came back Tuesday as good, in fact damn near perfect. We hope
to get the results today or tomorrow for the fecal.
We hope to find a bacterial cause and if not we will do a sonogram to
check for a mass and/or swelling. My vet seems to think the issue is in
the small intestine.
I have another call into the vet today, because the blood concerns me,
but when I called them Monday and Wednesday they reminded me that “fresh
blood” is probably due to straining and not to panic.
My vet is not ruling out IBD/IBS, just wants all the facts and to rule out infection
and then a mass before we start down the long twisting path of IBD/IBS
treatment in dogs."
This poor girl could really use some support. Please keep a good thought for Yasha, pleads
The Frog Princess