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  1. Anyone know where to get a border collie puppy in San Diego. For those of you not following my "sick and listless" post, I lost my beloved dog to a battle with an aggressive leukemia. We adopted her from a shelter 2.5 years ago and she was listed as a border collie mix. She was my first BC and I would like another one...a puppy. It's hard to find border collies. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

  2. Anyone know where to get a border collie puppy in San Diego. For those of you not following my "sick and listless" post, I lost my beloved dog to a battle with an aggressive leukemia. We adopted her from a shelter 2.5 years ago and she was listed as a border collie mix. She was my first BC and I would like another one...a puppy. It's hard to find border collies. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

  3. Gloria passed away last night. She had an opportunistic infection as a result of the leukemia. Antibiotics weren't enough. Her bone marrow never recovered and she had not enough red blood cells to give her strength or white blood cells to fight it off. Thanks to all for your thoughts. I guess I am fortunate to have lived this long and never before seen cancer take an animal-human or canine.
  4. Hi everyone. A while ago, I posted about my border collie, Gloria, who had an unusual array of symptoms including migrating lameness, lethargy, wasting and an intermittent fever. I got lots of feedback from people and we looked at every possibility-but she was negative for all tick borne illnesses and fungal infections. Her blood work was always normal except for a very slight elevation in neutrophils. When I last posted, it had been decided her symptoms were consistent with polyarthritis and she went on a course of immunosuppressants (azathioprine and prednisone). She seemed to improve, then
  5. Hi everyone! Thanks for all of the suggestions. We have been out of town for 2 weeks. After a week on the doxy, Gloria seemed to be improving. She was running, hiking, hyper, happy... then suddenly, she relapsed into symptoms worse than the initial ones. Back to the vet-high fever, limping, listless, not eating. She went back to the vet and this time the thought was it must be auto-immune. She was given IV fluids and IV prednisone and improved dramatically. After 3 days on pred, I suddenly noticed she was peeing when she stood and didn't even seem to notice. So, now a new symptom of incontine
  6. Thanks everyone! I have been hiding the pills in food...and giving her probiotics afterward. The problem is she took them in cream cheese the first day...then the next time she refused cheese (thinking there was a pill in there?!). So the next day, roast beef. She gobbled them up. Then she wouldn't take roast beef from me. Then chicken skin. She ate the chicken skin and spit out the pill, repeatedly. Then, buried in chicken. She ate one and refused the second bite of chicken. Today I used liverwurst and she ate them. Then came back for more treats. So, I think liverwurst is the magic treat. TH
  7. Vicki How long would you expect it to take to see an improvement. 4 days in and there is little change. Is it still too early or is it possible the change is too subtle to pick up on yet?
  8. Hi everyone. Thanks for your suggestions. Gloria is not really improving with the Doxy (4 days in now on 400mg per day). She is still not eating well and now she distrusts me because I have been taking her temperature and feeding her medicine. SHe won't take treats from me because she knows medicine is hidden in it and so I have to just put the pills in her mouth and hold it shut till she swallows because that's the only way to get the medicine in there. So I feel like I have gone from her favorite person in the world to someone she distrusts. The whole thing is so awful. SHe just lies around
  9. She was on a low dose of doxy, baytril and keflex. The vet number 2 (the one I am sticking with) said if the coccidiomycosis comes up negative too, he is going to treat for TBD with a higher doxy dose. She had lot if tick bites last April but hasn't for a while. Whole body X-rays taken yesterday show some cloudiness in the lungs but everything else look good. Tommy Coyote... what was the treatment for the poly arthritis and what was the confirming test? thanks everyone.
  10. Hi, I am new to this site and hoping someone can share experiences that might guide me on healing my beloved border collie. Gloria is 2 years old and an avid hiker...she has been my playful hiking companion for some time now. About 2 months ago, she seemed off one evening and whimpered after jumping off the bed. She ran and hid under the bed and when she finally came out, she was breathing heavily and seemed very sick. I brought her in to see a vet and he thought she had pulled a muscle in her back, gave her rimadyl and tramadol and sent us on our way. It made sense since she had done a rather
  11. Brad,

    I read your post about your 2 year old border collie and a mysterious illness. My 2 year old BC is presenting with almost identical symptoms to what you described. I wanted to know if you ever found anything out and if so, would you be willing to share the information with me. I am going crazy and our vet doesn't know what's wrong with her. I feel like she is slowly dying bef...

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