We are still praying and sending basenji hugs your way… BTW did you ever get the blood work done? I know your Vet. didn't seem too interested in doing blood work... but maybe there is another clue as to what is afflicting poor Booger there. Maybe you could get a second opinion from another Vet.? I know how hard this is for you, we do wish the best for you.
I will be thinking of you and hope you are able to get to the bottom of this. His health has so declined that SOMETHING is being missed. I assume they have checked for autoimmune hemolytic anemia? I'm not talking about the inherited kind, but the idopathic type. It is easily found if they do a PCV. Lethargy is very consistent with hypothyroid but not the weight loss. It would be the opposite – he would gain weight without eating much. Please let us know. This is very sad.
Any chance you would be open to taking Booger to a totally new vet/clinic. A fresh pair of eyes to look at the situation. Ask for his records and just get a second opinion. To use a lame quote – sometimes one can't see the forest for the trees and I'm wondering if this isn't the case here.
First, thank you everybody for every prayer, thought, well wish, good vibe, hug & piece of advice.
Lvoss, I followed your link & read up on this disease. About half of the symptoms seemed to be a good match, the other half not. I brought it up with the doctor today, and she said this tick disease causes nose bleeds because the dog's blood can not clot. Booger isn't having nose bleeds, its drops of blood in his sneezes due to dried out nasal passages from sneezing so much.
I mentioned the thyroid issue, and she doesn't think its thyroid related.
She is most concerned now with just how miserable he is. The sneezing is one thing, the 24 hour sleeping & being too lethargic to greet us when we come home is very worrying to her. Although she originally did not want to do a blood panel because she didn't think it would reveal anything, she now wants to do a full blood panel to see if it reveals something.
We are scheduled to go in tomorrow evening at 7 to get blood drawn, and hopefully will know something sometime this weekend.
As far as getting a second opinion… the first vet recommended benadryl. I spoke with another vet over the phone & listed his symptoms. This vet pretty much concurred with Dr. DeHaven... probably not thyroid or tick disease. She also recommended going to an internal medicine specialist.
I will continue to update.
Blood panels is the first thing I insist on…. regardless of what a Vet would tell me... because while it might not show exactly what is going on, it can rule out lots of things.... and I make sure we have a base line beginning at a very early age... but that is me...
I hope and send prayers for the best for Booger... and that you get to the some answers.... just a point here that the blood work could be hard to figure out or what it shows. Since he has been going down hill, some of his organ values could already be compromised in his condition.... That is one thing about have consistent blood work done, you have a base line to compare what was before to what might be going on now...