My Yorkie is Sick :(

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Hi everyone,
I am new here and i found this website while looking for answers about my yorkie's coughing. His name is Bear and he is 14 years old. He is been coughing so bad lately and few days ago he started limping. For some reason he can't put any pressure on back left leg. He didn't fall or anything. He was sleeping and just woke up and start limping. I took him to vet yesterday and we did a blood work on him and she gave me some medicine for his cough and about the leg, The vet said he dislocated his kneecap and only way to fix it is to wait and let it pop back in or do a surgery, but she said since he is old surgery wouldn't be worth it. So my question is what you think i should do? and also since the visit from vet, he hasnt been eating or anything. All he does is drinks water and sleeps. I am little worried. Please let me know whats best thing I can do. :confused:

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I am so sorry to hear your little guy is so sick. If he is in a lot of pain and surgery would be dangerous (maybe because of his cough?), you may consider euthanasia. But I would give it a few days before making that decision, to see if maybe the knee pops back in and the medicine takes effect in healing his cough. You may also want to seek a second opinion from another vet.
Gentle hugs to you and your little one....
Mary Ellen

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I am very sorry to hear about Bear! You could get another opinion regarding his leg. Bear could be depressed about his leg and not eating due to that. Maybe try some treats as food? Chicken meat, or something special for him and see if he likes it...
Leg surgery to pop back his kneecap is pretty expensive if you do decide to do it.
Did Bear's trachea collapse? I hope for the best for bear!

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Thanks guys!
He cough is doing better now and he finally ate today..he didn't eat much but he ate enough so i feel better now. And he leg is doing little better but he still limps sometimes. I am suppose to take him to vet to get him recheck so i will probably take him to other vet and get different opinion. once again thanks :)

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Please keep us posted on how Bear is doing......

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Hi Bear's mom,
I am hoping that his cough will get better....my yorkie, Max, is 3 years old....he has tracheal collapse from time to time.....he coughs, hacks and has trouble breathing for a few minutes at a time.....the vet said the surgery is difficult and very very expensive....I have given him some antihistamine from the vet and it has helped....also a steroid shot is in order if he has a prolonged attack.....Yorkies tiny knees are vulnerable so it is not unusual for a yorkie of Bear's age to have this problem......I personally would not subject him to surgery at this age......I would just treat the symptons.....try to give him the best supportive care as long as possible.....then make the most difficult of all decisions at that time. Good luck to you as you care for your aging little guy.....we all love them so much and it is hard to see them have problems.
Welcome to this forum,
Max's Mom

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Hi everyone,
I am new here and i found this website while looking for answers about my yorkie's coughing. His name is Bear and he is 14 years old. He is been coughing so bad lately and few days ago he started limping. For some reason he can't put any pressure on back left leg. He didn't fall or anything. He was sleeping and just woke up and start limping. I took him to vet yesterday and we did a blood work on him and she gave me some medicine for his cough and about the leg, The vet said he dislocated his kneecap and only way to fix it is to wait and let it pop back in or do a surgery, but she said since he is old surgery wouldn't be worth it. So my question is what you think i should do? and also since the visit from vet, he hasnt been eating or anything. All he does is drinks water and sleeps. I am little worried. Please let me know whats best thing I can do. :confused: Hi and welcome to the board!
So sorry Bear is sick! Hope the medicine for the cough helps. I think sometimes the little kneecap can be popped back into place ... maybe his can since it wasn't due to an injury! You might want to ask your vet about giving him some Nutri-Cal every day since he doesn't have an appetite? We give Toto 2cc every day and it helps with her sugar level and also is full of all kinds of vitamins. Hope he is better soon ... please keep us updated!!

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How is Bear today?
Puppy kisses from Higgins!

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Hi everyone,
sorry for posting late but just been busy with bear. since he wasn't eating i called the vet and made an appointment, we did a blood work again and it shows that kidney was damaged. i dont have paperwork with me but it said for normal yorkie it is 21.5 or something...and his was 120 something...not exactly sure but it was very bad and she said i would have to do IV on him or else he will have heart failure. Then yesterday my girlfriend's mom took him to other vet and he says that the medication that vet put him on was too much for him and if he was any longer on it, he would've died. So basically the vet gave me wrong or strong medicine for bear that could've killed him. Since the second blood work she kept on calling me to check on him so i thought she was being nice and worrying about bear but in fact she was worrying about herself so she cant get in trouble. The medicine that messed up bear's kidneys was FUROSEMIDE. So tomorrow i am gonna call her and give her piece of my mind. But as of right now bear is doing fine!

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WOW! What kind of vet is that? Geez, I'm glad you got a second opinion on this matter. I hope Bear is going to be okay! I wonder if getting a lawyer would be useful, because that is just wrong for the vet to be giving medicine that could be fatal!
As a member here has said, make sure your vet has experience with little Yorkies!

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I took Furosemide after my heart attack. It is a VERY potent diuretic that can seriously screw up your electrolytes. Can't imagine it ever being good for a little tiny Yorkie unless the pup was in the hospital under close observation!
I sure would let that vet know how sick it made Bear!
So glad to hear he is doing better!
The first thing I aske when I went to the new vet's office was how many Yorkies they treat and they told me that they see a LOT of them, so I am hopeful that all will go well when he get clipped next week.
Gentle puppy hugs and gooey smooches to Bear.....

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Good Grief!!!!! that is a very strong drug.....I am also finding that not all vets are experienced with Yorkies.....they do require deliberate and careful drug administration.....I am a RN and I worked with adults in ICU.....I would not be really qualified to care for babies or kids......I believe that same thing seems to be true with veterinarians....My son is a zoo vet and he has learned this too.....zoo medicine is a specialty......maybe we need small animal vets too....
Hopefully little bear will improve and please know that yorkie lovers on this board care about him and his mom.
Max's Mom

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I'm glad to hear that Bear is doing better.
Is he still not eating his regular food? Have you tried making it more tempting by mixing it with Cesar or liver treats?
Maybe his blood sugar was really low because he wasn't eating? Is that what the vet told you?
Archie, the first Yorkie I had, didn't eat for a while. I brought him to the vet and they had to IV him to get his blood sugar up, or he could have died. Since then, I force-fed him if he didn't eat for more than a half day.

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Sorry to hear about Bear. He's so cute! :)
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