Yep. Me again. Cardiff is now on Doxycycline for two weeks. And, he's having trouble holding his urine. We are trying to make sure he gets out as though he was a puppy, but he's beating us to it and let's face it, it's much easier for an old man to just pee in his pants so to speak. Needless to say, we are in constant scrub mode. He was o.k. before we put him on this and I think it has got to be what's going on. Is this right?
The most common side effects of Doxy are GI, ie vomitting, nausea, and sometimes diarrhea. Given IV (to horses) to fast or in an OD it can cause fatal cardiac arrthymias, collapse and death. I believe that is true for IV Doxy in dogs and cats as well, due to the chelation with intravascular calcium ions.
Because of this, some GI meds do decrease the absorbtion of the Doxy. But to answer your question, I have never heard of it causing them to pee more or lose bladder control and it is not listed as a side effect/contrindication, but that doesn't mean it never happens, that is the beauty of vet med ;D Is he also drinking more then normal?
Modified to add, Doxy is a great drug and I really like it, it is the best of the tetracylinces I think especially in young animals and is great for URI in cats and Lyme disease as well. I use it daily and found it to work very well.
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:flower: Thank you thank you ! Maybe he's drinking more. Poor ol man. He licked my hand tonight for the first time ever. (He is Michael's dog and was completely terratorial of Michael in the begining.) Guess he knows who is his nursie and helps hold him as he goes.
When dogs start drinking more and urinating more it can be a sign of kidney issues. He came off the pred right? Pred makes them do it too. I wouldn't worry just yet, but keep an eye on his water intake.
Poor ol pup! He's going through alot huh? I bet he's so happy to have you loving on him and taking such awesome care of him ;D
oh boy, Michael's mom said that too. She's a dietition and pretty sharp. He's off the pred. We'll keep an eye on him. He also gets Rimadyl and I know it can cause problems, but we decided he's old and it would better to be in less pain and mobile in his last time because he's not going to be around much longer anyway.
Yup, Rimadyl can cause liver problems, I just pull blood every 3-4 months for the dogs I use it on daily. Currently I stopped it on Ishi because he is on Cosequin double strength and that is working wonders for him! I also use a horse joint suppliment on my dogs over 120 pounds and dose it down, it has been awesome.
I agree though the benifits of Rimadyl outweight the negatives as long as you know they are out there.
Hey, can you give the old man a kiss from me? I loff the seniors!
Michelle, I feel so fortunate to have your Vetting experi- ence at hand. Candy and Cody are equine senior citi- zens now and I'm bound to have health issues at some point. Candy is 17 now and Cody is 19. Cody's blindness is the only health issuse I have right now. His eyes have start to recede into their sockets. Poor old fella. He never had a scratch or bump on him, but now he comes up with dings and ouchies fairly often. Won't be long, I reckon and I'll need to put him up in one of the panel pens with no obstructions for him to hurt himself on.
LOL Deb, I don't mind helping what/when I can, but I'm not a vet, just a lowley, underpaid, unappriciated vet tech ;D
One thing though, I *believe* the eye recession is not a bad thing, it means the eye has low pressure. High pressure is bad and is glacoma. Actually I know this is true in dogs, but not 100% in horses. Low/now pressure is bad too, but high is worse. Poor old horse! An Lar is 22 or 23 and has uveitis, thankfully I know a kick butt ophthamologist who also does horses and he can cotrol his.
Oh Hecky Darn! I knew your not a Vet, but you have the 'technical' know how. You've shown that part of you many times over.
I wish we had an equine specialist in ophthamology nearby. The two opinions I got on Cody here were neither optimistic on a reliable course of treatment. Yes,it is so sad he's not able to see. The eyes creep me out, too.