Vet does not know what is wrong with our Great Pyr
by Cheryl Davison
(Canon City, CO)
Our Great Pyr Belle was a healthy happy and active dog unusually so for her breed)until about 2 1/2 weeks ago when she suddenly began running a fever, drooling more than usual, drinking lots of water, eyes were drooping and oozing yellow green material and her hind quarters suddenly became weak (trouble standing and stumbling a lot). Took her immediately to the vet who did blood work which he said was perfect, did x rays of her hind quarters which he said also looked good and also three different exams on her during which he could find nothing wrong with her. He finally found a broken back tooth which he said was causing her pain but did not explain all her symptoms. He could not get her in for surgery to treat the tooth for several weeks so we got a second opinion. The second vet said the last thing we want to do is mess with her teeth when we don't know what is wrong with her but he was stumped, too. I now have an appointment with a third vet (the last remaining vet in our small town) to see if he can figure it out. In the meantime, I insisted that they put her on Rimadyl for pain (which helped the hindquarter weakness but not the eye problems or the fever) and also a broad spectrum antibiotic which does not seem to have done anything after five days. Please share with me if you have had anything similar going on with your Pyr as we are at our wits end! We are retired and on a fixed income so are also nearly at the end of our finances, too. We don't mind the money; we want our Belle treated and well again! But no one knows what is exactly wrong with her.