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In late November 2000, Louie had his first major health scare.  His condition was similar to what occurred in June 2005.  Louie was taken to the Animal Emergency and Critical Care Service in Langhorne, PA.   Here are his discharge instructions.

Referring Veterinarian Summary

"Louie" was transferred to the emergency service on 11/30/2000 at 7:05 p.m. for overnight observation and treatment.  He stiffened this morning on the owner's bed and urinated (not a seizure per owner).  He had diarrhea the previous evening.  He's been urinating more frequently for the past couple of days.  He was lame on his LF leg for one day, three weeks ago.  There is no toxin exposure; his vaccines are current per owner, and the other dogs are fine.

He was seen by RDVM today and a thorough initial workup was done.  Temperature was 105.1 ºF.  A CBC was sent to the lab, but in house blood smear showed increased neuts.  His chem screen showed increased BR.  His U/A showed 100-500 protein, pH 7.8, SG=1.025; Sed: 4.5; WBCs/HPF and 2+ bacteria/HPF.  A tick serology was sent to the lab.  He was started on IV fluids and Ampicillin.

On PE, T=103.6 ºF, P=120; he's QAR, lethargic and depressed; 1 flea seen; normal stool on rectal exam; non-painful on abdominal, spinal, bone palpation, normal ROM and non-painful joints; lungs clear; good pulse.

A urine sample was obtained via catheterization for culture.  We continued his IV fluis and Ampiciillin.

"Louie's" temperature became normal overnight and remained normal throughout the day.  He ate well twice today, RDVN called for an update and with results for CBC, which showed increased WBCs, and tick serology, which was negative.  We discharged him on the afternoon of December 1, 2000 on Clavamox, pending culture results.

Client Discharge Instructions

12/1/00 - Clavamox, 375 mg, Tablets, 28 tablet(s).

Give 2 pills orally twice daily for three weeks; refill from your vet, pending culture results.

Continue "Louie's" antibiotic as directed.  His next dose is due at 8 p.m.  Pending the urine culture results (which we will fax to your vet in around 5 days), he will need his antibiotics refilled by your vet.  Encourage him to eat and drink.  Monitor his appetite, activity, BMs and urination.

If you have any further problems or questions, please feel free to contact us or your regular veterinarian.

 

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