Please pray for Booger

I did the link to Aspergillus because I know of a Basenji that had this (lvoss knows this person that had this dog also). It was something that was not easily found, but Sam (B's owner) was persistant in getting to the bottom of the problem and the B did recover

Glad to hear that things are progessing in a good way and that Booger is still with you.

Trying to address all the questions/advice at once:

Tanza, I didn't think to ask about the blood values. I will get a copy though. The doctor just let me know that his white blood cell count was elevated and all other values were fine.

As far as the scope goes… when he was just sneezing, the doctor flushed his nasal passages with saline, did x-rays, drew samples from his lymph nodes, etc. At that point, he wasn't very sick so there wasn't a huge sense of urgency. We were trying to knock out the most obvious causes before moving on to a specialist with a scope. When we finished the first round of antibiotics, he perked up for a few days so we thought for a couple of days he was improving. Then he took a sharp turn for the worse. At this point, the poor guy's nose is swollen & sore from licking, and we want to get the infection knocked out before we subject him to any prodding around in his nose.

As far as his name, we came up with that before we got him. We were looking for a puppy, tossing names around, searching the internet for a few weeks. One evening it just popped into Andrew's head, and I thought it was a great, cute name. It suits him well. I can't imagine him with a more dignified name. He has never had nose issues until now, and the irony of his name/condition has not escaped us.

Right now, he has improved a good bit since mid-week. He's still spending the majority of his day and night sleeping, but he's getting up to eat, to go out & to greet us when we come home! Yay!

@tanza:

Hope that it helps.. but wouldn't the first thought to do a scope? Shouldn't the first course to screen/scope for infections like aspergillus infection?
http://www.peteducation.com/article.cfm?c=2+2102&aid=233

Thanks for the link… We did check for fungus. There is a chance there is still fungus hanging out in a deep recess that the doctor couldn't find, but again we won't know until we go to a specialist with a scope.

@Andrew:

Right now, he has improved a good bit since mid-week. He's still spending the majority of his day and night sleeping, but he's getting up to eat, to go out & to greet us when we come home! Yay!

Definitely a good sign, I pray the improvement continues!!!:D

It is a really good idea for anyone with pets to get a blood panel done as part of their dog's routine yearly checkup. One problem with waiting until your dog is ill before ever running blood work is that your vet can only compare it the lab's reference range which is the average range that most dogs fall into. Unfortunately, that means if your dog is say normally in the high end of the range and then gets sick which causes a number to fall to the far low end of the range the vet may think nothing is wrong with the value since it is still "in the normal range" where in reality there has been a signficant change in that value for that dog. It is also why getting bloodwork done throughout the diagnosis process in a chronic illness is important so the vet can monitor for any changes in values over the course of time.

I sure hope booger is doing better.

Sorry I haven't been online in a few days due to increased hours at work….

Booger has taken a definite upturn in the past few days. He still spends a lot of time sleeping, but its a bit less than before. I can tell he's getting restless and wanting to be a bit more active. He had several actual nose bleeds last week, but has not had one since. He is getting up to greet us when we come home, grooming Lola, chasing the cats, getting excited about eating & beating me to the closet where we keep the food, etc. In recent weeks, he would stay in bed until his food was ready & then return to bed as soon as he was done eating. This morning he jumped out of bed before me!
Yesterday it snowed, an experience neither Lola or Booger have had. I let Booger & Lola run around a bit in the snow. Booger actually scampered around with Lola for a few minutes before they got cold & wanted to go back in.
Over the weekend, Booger has had a quick turn around & is almost back to his old self. He still has two more weeks of antibiotics, and then we have to determine if there is still a foreign object or fungus hiding in the recesses of his nose if he is still sneezing. His nose is healing; its still a bit swollen & inflamed on one nostril.
Thank you again for all of the positivity & good wishes!

@Andrew:

Sorry I haven't been online in a few days due to increased hours at work….

Booger has taken a definite upturn in the past few days. He still spends a lot of time sleeping, but its a bit less than before. I can tell he's getting restless and wanting to be a bit more active. He had several actual nose bleeds last week, but has not had one since. He is getting up to greet us when we come home, grooming Lola, chasing the cats, getting excited about eating & beating me to the closet where we keep the food, etc. In recent weeks, he would stay in bed until his food was ready & then return to bed as soon as he was done eating. This morning he jumped out of bed before me!
Yesterday it snowed, an experience neither Lola or Booger have had. I let Booger & Lola run around a bit in the snow. Booger actually scampered around with Lola for a few minutes before they got cold & wanted to go back in.
Over the weekend, Booger has had a quick turn around & is almost back to his old self. He still has two more weeks of antibiotics, and then we have to determine if there is still a foreign object or fungus hiding in the recesses of his nose if he is still sneezing. His nose is healing; its still a bit swollen & inflamed on one nostril.
Thank you again for all of the positivity & good wishes!

I know it sounds silly, not really knowing you guys and all, but I have been actually worried about Booger.

I am so very glad to hear he's doing well.

I'm also glad to hear/read that Booger is doing ok!

Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!

WOOOOOOO HOOOOOOOOOO!!!!

Keep it up you little 'snot'! Pull through and feel great. Still sending prayers your way for a complete recovery

Yaaaay. ( double fist pump ) Fingers still crossed.

@EskiLovr:

I know it sounds silly, not really knowing you guys and all, but I have been actually worried about Booger.

I am so very glad to hear he's doing well.

Isn't it funny how attached we can get to the basenjis in our online family? I've been worried too, and so glad to hear Booger is improving.

@EskiLovr:

I know it sounds silly, not really knowing you guys and all, but I have been actually worried about Booger.

I am so very glad to hear he's doing well.

Doesn't sound silly at all… I have actually worried about other basenjis that get sick on the forum. I have been known to cry at both happy and sad endings, too. I think just owning one of these little creatures makes you very empathetic to other owners. Whenever another basenji on the forum gets sick, I imagine what if it were one of mine? It can be rather devastating.
We were at the point of making the final decision for Booger 2 weeks ago... I'm glad we held off for the blood test.

Things are looking up. Yea!! And I totally understand the attachment to basenjis that are not ours. Years ago, back in the days of the orginal Basenji-L there was a family who lost two basenjis in a house fire. I was getting ready to pick my husband up from the airport when the post came through on the list. I met my husband sobbing into a handtowel that I had grabbed just before I left the house. He, of course, thought someone in the family had died because I was crying so hard. Well, in a way… it was true -- the extended Basenji family.

Please keep us posted on Booger!

I am soooo happy to hear that Booger is feeling better! This news just made my day. 😃

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