Just a reminder Salmon poisoning isn't cheap to cure

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So we have always been worried about kiska getting sick since its hard to go fishing without her. special in the boat because no mater how well you wash it there is always a fish funk in it. Try to bleed fish overboard or in the cooler when shes on board. but she likes to try to help unhook fish and has drank the water from the floor of the boat. Well she finally got sick. It might have someting to do with the fact that she was off leash while we were messing around up whitaker creek 2 weeks ago checking out all the spawners. lots of biologicals in the water and dead fish on the bank. aslo i can't account for all her time there. well on week later she seemed depressed all day but it was also a day i didn't take her fishing. seemed like she was better when i got home but as the days progressed she started eating less and just being lazy and seemed depressed. would perk up as much words like ride walk fish and such but still seemd fine on walks. but see wasn't eating. never was vomiting and didn't have diareah or anything just not eating and being lazy but not glued to the floor or anything. noticed her nose was dry so finally did a stool sample test($30) last night and got a phone call this morning that se was positive for the disease and need to be brought in. cost $50 just to have an exam and you can't get a dog treated for anything any more if its been more than a year since the last exam. so she had a mild fever and slight dehydration so i had to get some kind of under the skin IV that made her look like the hunchback all day and some other kind of antibiotic or something. then the meds for the salmon poisioning and then meds for the fluke that the poisioning lives on. ended up being $150 to walk out the door and the wanted it all at once even after before we came in they said on the phone that we should be able to work something out with payments because we didn't have a lot of cash. So long story short dont take your dog to the salmon spawning grounds off leash unless you want to pay $180 in vet bills. Good news is it will be unlikely for her to get it again and we caught it quickly. Vet said most dogs come in that can barely walk with high fevers and extreme dehydration and swollen limphnodes were kiska weren't swollen a bit. so yeah been an expensive week had to fix my dog and my jeep all at once.
 
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oh man thats no good,,i hope she gets better soon
 
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Oh, not good news for Kiska or your wallet. Darn good thing you love her like you do, some pet owners wouldn't have recognized she was sick or taken her in like you did. You're a good Doggy Daddy! So glad to hear she will be fine.
 
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Damn we were just talking about this a few weeks ago. I worry about it with with both my dogs. Especially the wiener cause she is obsessed with fish. Sorry you had to learn about it the hard expensive way. Super bad timing with your funds running out. Hope she makes a speedy recovery.
 
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Thanks guys. Just the IV made her active again. then it sagged out the soulders making for a funny looking pup. good news is shes back to normal all ready just have to keep up with the meds.
 
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sorry bout your dog andy, hope she gets well soon.




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Thanks for the link. We read that article and many others when we first got the dog and again here in the last few days trying to decide if she might have it or not.

Yeah.......the internet is a great tool. I once diagnosed my dad with information from the internet that changed the direction of a team of medical specialists who wrongly said he had Altzhiemers. He actually had a condition called NPH (normal pressure hydrocephelus) which is treatable opposed to Altzhiemers which is not. I was able to preserve his quality of life while the Docs were writing him off. He's 88 now and doing fine.
 
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I'm really glad, that you kept such a sharp eye on Kiska. It was your keen observations, that kept her from getting worse (and likely costing a whole lot more for medical care too). If she hasn't already...I'm sure it won't be long, before she let's you know that she loves her owner!
 
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So glad Kiska's gonna be ok, it's always a scary thing. I've had friends lose dogs to that crap!
 
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I'm glad she's ok. We have a pretty cool vet that let's us do payments if we need to. We just had to take Bianca in for an eye emergency that cost us a nice chunk of change and it took us a week to get it paid. Here's their address if you want to check them out next time.

Amazon Park Animal ClinicAmazon Park Animal Clinichttp://maps.google.com/?cid=11705817710698448288s=6107195883173412887
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725 East 25th Avenue
Eugene, OR 97405-3001
(541) 485-0161
Bus: E/S of Hilyard N of 26th
Get directions - Is this accurate?
Open Weekdays 8am-6pm; Sat 9am-4:30pm
 
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Andy, I have to correct something about Salmon poisoning you mentioned early on in your OP. The poisoning is a direct result of parasitic waste products (Fluke worm) in the blood stream. No immunity results from previous exposures. Once cured, eating additional "tainted" meat will result in a reinfection.

So you better understand what's occurring, The disease is caused by the Rickettsial organism Neorickettsai helminthoeca, and is most often associated with eating raw fish containing N. salminocola, the trematode fluke (worm) carrier. It is the waste from these worms that create the toxin , causing the illness.

The cure is two fold one to treat the fluke (de wormer) and the other (antibiotics) to cure the toxins (worm poop).

Appropriate antibiotic administration may include Doxycycline (Vibramycin®), Tetracycline (Panmycin®), Oxytetracycline (Terramycin®, Liquamycin®), or Ampicillin (Polyflex®).

Anthelmintics (dewormers) are effective against the fluke (carrier). Praziquantel (Droncit®, Drontal®) is a drug commonly used.

I treated my pup myself with items (listed above) I was able to purchased at Pet Smart - de wormer and the antibiotic from a feed store in Sherwood. My out of pocket was about $30.00. Keeping my little buddy alive, priceless.

So to recap, there is no immunity to this condition, it can happen as often as contaminated fish is consumed. This is also why people should never eat freshwater sushi, the same thing could happen to humans as well.
 
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Thanks. The vet said she would be less likely to get as sick but sounds like its still a possibility. We will be watching he closely like before. It was ashley paranoia that made us jump so soon. If she had it her way we would have gone 3 days sooner.
 

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