Teddy feeling feverish
Teddy, a 10 year old Shetland Sheepdog, recently visited us because he was quite lethargic and had been vomiting. During examination, nausea was apparent along with a fever. Blood samples were taken from Teddy and sent for analysis. While we waited for the results, intravenous fluids and antibiotics were commenced along with pain relief and anti-nausea medication.
The blood results came back and indicated a problem with Teddy's liver, a bile duct blockage and an elevated white cell count. Given these results, an abdominal ultrasound was performed which allowed us to assess for disease in Teddy's abdomen, with a primary focus on his liver and bile tract. The ultrasound demonstrated changes to his pancreas (an organ adjacent to a section of the small intestine), which very likely contributed to the other problems identified in Teddy, and caused inflammation around his bile tract, leading to a temporary blockage and backflow of bile.
With ongoing supportive treatment and a modified diet, Teddy is well on the way to making a recovery from this event. His diet will need to be low in fat for the rest of his life to help prevent a relapse.