German Shepard

Hello! I am desperate for a second opinion! We have a 2 year old female German Shepherd. She has always been perfectly healthy. In Dec she had a stuffy nose. We took her to the vet and he prescribed Medrol and an antibiotic. We gave it to her - it went away, it came back. We gave up since it didnt seem to bother her. Then about 2 months ago, she had slowed down and wasn't eating properly. 1 week later, she had a yellow foamy substance coming from her mouth and had stopped eating altogether. We took her back and he found a lump under her tongue. He cut off a piece and did a biopsy. He recommended putting her on 6 tablets of 4mg of Medrol for 2 weeks and then tapering it down. The next day she was completely back to normal. After 4 weeks of Medrol (with taper) her third eyelid popped out. When we took her back for her followup and to figure out her eye - the vet said the lump had gone down but there was a new lump under her upper gum. He advisd putting her back on steriods for another week. This Saturday was her last dose. Her eye stayed the same. Yesterday we didn't give her the Medrol. By last night she was having trouble breathing and her tongue had shriveled up and she was discharging yellow foam and couldnt eat all over again. We gave her steroids last night and again this morning and the yellow foam is gone and again she's fine. The vet wants to do more biopsies - but we've already spent over $1000 on tests and are hesitant to spend more just to be told she has to continue the Medrol - or if we need to switch meds. Really desperate - any insight would be so helpful!

Houston Texas

Hi J,

Sorry to hear about your dog. You need to find out the exact cause of this (I can't do it through email) but I think your vet is right in wanting to do more diagnostic work.

I think you have two options: Either let your vet do the biopsies or ask for a referral or 2nd opinion from another vet in the area.

Either way a good vet would want to do more diagnostics to determine the cause of this.

So unfortunately it seems like it will cost some more money in the short term. But the sooner the cause is determined the sooner the treatment can be more specific.

Sorry I cant' help more with this situation but keep asking your vet for guidance until you feel satisfied you have gotten it.


Dr. Chris

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