Advice Needed On Dogs Enlarged Spleen
Went to vet last week and the vet said my 9 yr old lab's spleen is enlarged. He was very sick this time last year. Specialists could not figure out what was wrong with him. They found his adrenal glands/lymphnodes to be enlarged indicating the body was fighting something, (reactive). Had bloodwork done and had him scoped from both ends, nothing. He was losing weight, not much of an apetite, drinking lots of water, salivating constantly, shortness of breath, bark was weakening, laying down a lot, was almost hard to wake him at times. Vet put him on Phenobarbitol to see if it was something with his brain (connection to salivary glands), that didn't work. Finally they put him on steriods because he was losing so much weight and antibiotics. I am not sure what helped him more, but his apetite and energy came back. They told me to keep him on the steroids but he was peeing all over the house so I stopped giving him the steroids and he remained strong.
A few months after, I was talking to my new neighbor and she was complaining about the moles destroying her yard and that she had applied 3 different products to try to kill them months ago. My dog and her dog are both grass eaters and she said at that time (when using mole killing products) that her dog got very sick and was staring at the wall a lot and not eating and she thought it was dying but couldn't take it to the vet, (no money). I didn't put two and two together until after the conversation since she said it happened in December and then backed it up to November and then started talking about something else, (my dog got sick in Oct, so if maybe she thought about it long enough she may have backed it up to October). My theory is that my dog ate the grass along the fence and was poisoned by the products she put down... Even though the vet and specialists said there was no evidence of poisoning, (something about that posion has a half life or something). I am not sure if poison takes on another form if it is absorbed by grass and then is eaten??
Now it's a year later and the vet says she can feel that his spleen is enlarged but does not feel any lumps. Two weeks ago I fertilized my lawn and watched as best I could to make sure he didn't eat the grass. I caught him a couple times and he is starting to lay down a little more than normal and then the vet gave him a rabies shot which made him more tired. He has bounced back a little but I would really like to try vitamin K but not sure how much to give him... He is 59 pounds. Can anyone tell me how much? Can I feed him spinach, he likes it raw.
Huntington Beach, Ca
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