My name is Amberley Parker. My female catahoula puppy, Phantom, 16 weeks old given a “death sentence” by the vet today. He says she has distemper, and that treating it is costly and ineffective. She has a fever of 105, she is lethargic, depressed, has diarrhea and no appetite. She threw up once yesterday morning, and twice in the car this morning on the way to the vet. They gave her antinausea meds (metoclopramide), and antibiotics amoxycillin, and baytril. He said she will probably die, but if she is alive in 3 weeks, she’ll probably live, most likely with permanent neurological damage leaving her disabled. He seemed to really be pushing euthanizing her. She has had her first round of puppy vaccinations 9 days ago, including against distemper. Please tell me how to get her treated. I live in Fort Worth, Texas.
thank-you so much!
Feb. 10, 2011
Thank you so much for your fast response! I was able to contact the vet in Houston the same day you sent me the contact info. Phantom showed her first symptoms on Sunday morning, she was diagnosed on Monday morning, I found your site and wrote you as soon as we got home from the vet, and [Phantom was treated] Tuesday afternoon. It is now Thursday morning and Phantom is doing so well! Her fever is gone and she is eating and drinking on her own. She can walk again, and she’s no longer having labored breathing or vomiting or having diarrhea. We’re still treating with antibiotics for any secondary infections, but she is feeling fine. Thank you so much for your quick response and your information which I am sure has saved our sweet puppy’s life. I know we have to wait awhile to know for sure since symptoms can reappear later, but I know we caught it very early and acted fast! I’m telling everyone about your site.
Thank-you so much! I’ve attached a pic of phantom and you can use any of our correspondence or the photo in any way you like.