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Neofelis
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Anyone have any idea what this could indicate?

My dog had a few days of intense physical activity (weekend trip), and then suddenly started crying when she moved, especially if touched around the chest area. I took her to the vet, who suspected muscle fatigue and did a blood test to be sure. Sure enough, the CK level is extremely high, which could indicate muscle damage, but so are the amylase and lipase levels. Weird? Pancreatitis? She's only 3.5 years, and in June her levels were all fine. I can't see what could suddenly be causing this.

Also: I just pulled a tick off her, and it's red and swollen around the site. Previous tick bites haven't caused redness/swelling. Could it be a tick borne illness?

I've attached pics of the abnormal blood levels... So distressing!

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Topic starter Posted : January 29, 2019 7:03 pm
TamanduaGirl
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Rhabdomyolysis and pancreatitis can go hand in hand, so is likely from too much exercise all at once but since you found a tick you can run a test for lyme just to be sure.

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Posted : January 29, 2019 11:06 pm
Neofelis
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Omg I have never heard of that... She is an afghan hound so it is very possible!! Do you know much about it? Will she return to normal by herself or do you think additional veterinary intervention is necessary? This is so scary... She already had an emergency pyometra spay 6 months ago, so worried about her...

EDIT to say thank you for your reply!! The more I think about it, the more likely this seems, I really appreciate your info!

EDIT again..... Does the fact that her potassium levels are normal make it less likely to be Rhabdomyolysis?

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Topic starter Posted : January 29, 2019 11:25 pm
hecate
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Not necessarily. "Tying up" is common enough in horses and sighthounds. It can end a Greyhound's racing career if the damage is severe enough.

What color is her urine? Exertional rhabdomyolysis can turn it red to coffee-colored.

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Posted : January 30, 2019 7:51 am
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Sometimes low levels of potassium can actually lead to rhabdomyolysis though that would be rare. The potassium being normal could be sign it's not that severe or wasn't that advanced when the blood was drawn. The main sign in blood work is elevated creatinine phosphokinase along with the history of recent intense exercise and muscle soreness.

You didn't say what if anything the vet did for her. I've not had to deal with it but I think the main things to treat are fluids and lots of rest. The CK is elevated but not real high. So I think the main thing now since it's been a bit since the injury is be sure she's eating and drinking normally, if that starts to change then you might want another blood test to see how the levels have changed. Wouldn't hurt to discus it with the vet and see if they still might want to give some fluids or just see how she does.

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Posted : January 30, 2019 1:34 pm
Neofelis
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The vet didn't actually do anything other than draw blood (and X-ray because I wanted to be absolutely sure it wasn't bloat)... Her urine is yellow but she's been resting for 2 days now.

Do you know how rhabdomyolysis is related to pancreatitis? Or do the elevated amylase/lipase come from kidney damage?

Thank you!

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Topic starter Posted : January 30, 2019 4:15 pm
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Neofelis
sorry to hear about your dogs issues icon-sad I can certainly relate to your concern.
my beagles blood level is off . the vet I had her to could not give me a definite answer.
Lucy use to run outside all the time, now I can't get her to go outside I have another appointment with a better vet on Monday.
she is on prednisone now, which helped a little. she is eating now, and does go outside, but don't stay out long. guess the cold weather might contribute to that

I am not good at health stuff, only from what I experienced over the years. If you think your dog has bloat, vegetable oil might help.
I had a cow that had bloat, the vet told me to use vegetable oil, and it did work. then I had a coonhound that had bloat from eating a bucket of twinkies I had near the door for my bear, my coonhound ate almost the hole bucket yep, he was pretty sick. I gave him caster oil and vegetable oil. it did help.

I hope your dog can be treated and go back to normal. please keep us updated. I think and hope your dog will go back to normal.

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Posted : February 2, 2019 8:44 am
Neofelis
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Thanks, Pat. She was progressively better all week and then yesterday acted like she was dying, crying every time she moved, hunching her back, crawling into weird spaces and getting up a minute later to find a new one, etc... So we took her to the emergency vet. After a LONG wait, they finally saw her, but she proceeded to act normal... icon_confused.gif They couldn't conclude anything and prescribed an anti-inflammatory which I still haven't given her because she's not acting in pain anymore...

Sorry to hear about your Lucy. I've been keeping up with her thread as well, really hope she feels better icon-sad

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Topic starter Posted : February 3, 2019 1:05 am
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Sorry. Been dealing with my own dog being sick from "Atypical pancreatitis" He's feeling much better but still not eating willingly.

That's weird about her crying again, maybe felt something similar to when she was ill but was actually not it and much less but just panicked, that would be something beaker would do.

Since her pancreas was involved before you will have to watch her diet to keep from having recurring pancreatitis.

My old dog Hyzzie did the major issue but fine at the vet thing too. She was falling over and walking off balance but once we got to the E-vet and after a long wait she acted fine. They sent her home with pain pills for possible pinched nerve but she didn't need them. Weird when that happens.

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Posted : February 3, 2019 2:11 am
Neofelis
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Oh no, sorry to hear about your dog as well! And yes, it's frustrating for sure about the vet and acting different. The e-vet said that elevated amylase and lipase levels don't indicate pancreatitis in many, many cases, so she wasn't concerned about that at all, actually. She's acting ok now, so I'm feeling hopeful that she'll be fine. Hope your dog will be too!

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Topic starter Posted : February 4, 2019 9:04 pm
Neofelis
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So we’re at the vet again.... Now her face is swelled up... It’s equal on both sides... I’m wondering if it could be from the ticks she had? Lyme causes lymph gland swelling, could that look like facial swelling?

She was going to get another blood test next week, I will definitely add a Lyme test...

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Topic starter Posted : February 5, 2019 12:17 am
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I had a dog that had lyme. I really didn't know until one day she could not walk. I took her to the vet and they tested her positive.
they prescribed a 30 day antibiotic. by the next day, she started walking and was fine after that. however, a few or more years later she did pass away from lymphoma cancer.

however, I really don't know what other symptoms lyme could cause. you should get your dog tested for lyme. best to be safe than sorry.
also, ever since my one dog had lyme, I now get the two dogs I have now, Lyme preventive shots. how my vet does it, (not sure if all vets do)
they give them the first injections. then after a month, they go back for the yearly preventive.

keep me updated.

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Posted : February 5, 2019 9:56 am
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I was looking at diseases dogs can get from ticks and one did mention head or face swelling but I don't remember which and didn't find it just now, but I saw that when looking the other day because of Beaker dog's weird symptoms.

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Posted : February 6, 2019 12:28 am
Neofelis
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Oh my gosh, really?? The vet said her lymph glands felt fine, so I kind of discounted Lyme causing it, but that’s very interesting that you found a different disease with that symptom. I’ll keep searching...

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Topic starter Posted : February 6, 2019 1:04 am
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not sure if you seen this, but here is more info on lyme: https://www.akc.org/expert-advice/healt ... e-in-dogs/

actually, I know a guy that had lyme, he didn't even have animals. he was very sick and close to dying. he did get treatment. he is better now.

to rule out lyme, the only way to know for sure is through a blood test. if it is not lyme, I don't know what else would cause your issues.

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Posted : February 6, 2019 9:50 am
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