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Yellowish Green discharge around the eyes 12 Sep 2007 12:38 #27888

My 6 month old weim named Stanley has a yellowish/green discharge around his eyes, he sneezes alot and has diarrhea off and on.

He's actually been sneezing and had the diarrhea for a while and the discharge started a few days ago. He was treated for a respiratory infection a couple months ago along with an intestinal infection, and the diarrhea just doesn't seem to want to go away. It doesn't happen everytime he potties but most of the time. His energy level is fine, he's up to date on his vaccinations and he's been eating fine.

I'm going to take him to the vet later today AGAIN, but I wanted to see if anyone has had this problem in the past so I have an idea of what to expect or what i can do better.

I feel like I'm doing something wrong and can't keep him healthy.

Any suggestions or experience would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!
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Yellowish Green discharge around the eyes 12 Sep 2007 12:51 #27890

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Sounds like there are multiple issues going on, and likely all tied to a immature or suboptimal immune system.

What has his vaccination schedule been like? What is he eating? What kind of meds is he/was he on? All these things contribute to the health of the immune system.

You might want to look into getting a holistic vet, if yours is the type to keep giving meds to control the symptoms. I've found with stories like this, it's usually best to deal with the root CAUSE not the symptoms.
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Err, I mean, not JUST the symtpoms. Obviously you want your dog to be comfortable.
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Yellowish Green discharge around the eyes 12 Sep 2007 12:52 #27892

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Poor baby :( :(

I hope he feels better soon. You are doing everything you can to keep him healthy by following up on things. Maybe he has some type of canine flu bug???
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Yellowish Green discharge around the eyes 12 Sep 2007 13:10 #27893

I don't have his vaccines in front of me, but i know he's had them as scheduled through the vet and they are current becuase I had to board him for 5 days a couple weeks ago when I had an emergency apendectomy and they called to make sure he had everything before they took him.

On the meds...we've been on antibiotics twice and i don't recall the name, he's been wormed several times becuase he had whip, round and tape worms. I know he took panacur and the basic yellow worming medication. We're also on heartworm prevention and flea/tick prevention.

I regularly feed him Blue Buffalo Large Breed Puppy twice a day and mix in plain yogurt once a day. For treats we've been using Iams puppy biscuits and rawhide bones and chews.

I wasn't satisfied with my old vet because i felt like i was getting the run around and no fix. I just changed vets within the last month and I'm hoping when I take him in later today they make me feel confident about the treatment. I'm not aware of any holistic vets in my area. How would I find one?

I just want to get him over all this stuff. I know how I am when I'm not feeling well so I just feel sorry for him.

Thanks for your help!
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Yellowish Green discharge around the eyes 12 Sep 2007 14:38 #27896

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Poor little guy :( Hopefully the new vet will get him better. My samoyed gets slimy eyes in the spring and a bit in the fall - seasonal allergies. The dr had given her eye drops and it works well. Maybe he does have allergies? Keep us posted.
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Yellowish Green discharge around the eyes 13 Sep 2007 09:20 #27919

Well we had our vet visit.

The vet thinks the discharge is just from allergies. We're doing a round of antibiotics and she suggested chlor-trimeton twice a day. For the diarrhea, she said he had alot of gas as well and it could be that his system doesn't agree with the Blue Buffalo dog food. We're doing 2-weeks of the prescription ID and then we'll probably change his dog food.

She also suggested I meet with a behavioral specialist to help me handle him better. He was all over the place and wouldn't listen to anyone. Not even for a dog treat. He even jumped on the door, turned the handle and opened it while we were waiting. She thinks he's getting plenty of exercise but I'm not challenging his mind enough so that's why he NEVER slows down. Make sense. I guess we'll need to balance exercise and training better.
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Yellowish Green discharge around the eyes 13 Sep 2007 11:12 #27927

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Keep an eye on his stools even more so now with the antibiotic. We just took Kam off his antibiotic because his stools were pure liquid. It's been 24 since his last dose and his poops are firming up already.
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Yellowish Green discharge around the eyes 13 Sep 2007 11:51 #27930

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So he's 6 months old and has been on:
- 3 rounds of antibotics
- guessing a pretty heavy vaccine schedule, if he was boarded, probably bordatella in addition to the regular stuff
- panacur
- pyrantyl palmate (guessing that that is the yellow wormer)
- HW prevention (what kind?)
- flea prevention
- antihistamines

OK, understand that I take more of a holistic approach to my dogs health, but this is a LOT for young dog. Also the stress of boarding probably didn't help.

If I were you, I'd go ahead and give the meds until his symptoms (and that is all that you are taking care of, is the symptoms, not the cause) have subsided so he is comfortable and then start building up his immune system.

Finding the right food for dogs that tend to have diarrhea can be a trial and error thing. A lot of Weims that have chronic GI issues also tend to have a lot of allergy type stuff going on, it's often just called a "Hyperinflammatory Disease" syndrome.

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From the WCA http://weimclubamerica.org/health/2005update.html

Disease Prevalence
Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy 5.4%
Vaccine Reactions 1.3%
Chronic Diarrhea / IBD 1.2%
Steroid-responsive Meningitis 0.6%
Immunodeficiency (IgA, IgM, IgG) 0.5%

Table 1. The prevalence of immune-mediated disease in the Weimaraner dog. (Source: Weimaraner DNA-disease database at University College Dublin, July 2000)

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I very much feel that the only way to deal with this is to get the dog healthy from the inside out, and this takes time. On the various lists I'm on, I know many that have dealt with this and have taken care of the issue by being selective about the type of toxins the dogs gets (vax, HW, flea, etc) and finding the right food and supporting the immune system.

You can find a holistic vet here
http://www.ahvma.org/
Holistic vets look at the overall picture not just the specific symptom. It's quite different from going to a traditional vet, an initial visit is usually over an hour and will emcompass everything about your dog.
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