Just a little update. Last night I noticed red dots and scabs inside the flaps of his ears, similar to chicken pox in a child. Two small lesions were weepy (very small). I then noticed a rash under the skin next to the right of his muzzle, and a similar red rash behind his elbow.
This morning, I then noticed a rash on his belly and around his genitals, some had tips and some were crusty.
He has also started sneezing a lot! (Might not be related but thought I would mention it).
I phoned the vet and they told me to bring him in, although I was slightly reluctant because it cost me £107 on monday, and they always ask you to come in and then charge you £50 for walking through the door! I said I would watch it for a few days, and keep them updated, as he was completely fine in himself in all others ways.
He went in his crate as usual, and Toni got back from work at lunchtime, to find his water and food untouched. He usually eats at least a few mouthfuls.
She let him out in the garden, he had one normal poop then immediately after one that shot out (sorry bit graphic) followed by two more of the same consistency. Whilst he was pooping, he started retching, and proceeding to be sick twice.
She called me at work and said what had happened, she alsoo said that he wasn't himself, he was lethargic, normally he dashes around when we get home, but he was very sedate, his tail was hanging limp and this was not like him at all. I came straight home and he was excited to see me, but not at all himself.
Booked him in at the vets and took him there pretty much straight away, I was very concerned about the not eating and drinking, I guess it's a good job that bonus I got at work that was destined for something else hasn't all been spent so will come in useful
Anyway, when we got there he seemed to perk up a little, but was feeling quite hot to touch and was quieter than normal. She looked him over, his temperature was fine, so were his eyes and membranes were a normal colour.
She looked at the rash and diagnosed it as a skin infection, apparently puppies get it quite often and it is normally secondary to an underlying condition, probable in Hogans case due to his sickness and diarhhoea.
I took some stool samples in so they have now be sent to be tested so we should hear back in a few days.
She said the most likely cause of it could be dietary - so he's eaten something he shouldn't, or he has an allergy in his diet - perhaps the kibble or the tripe- or a bacterial infection (stool testing should identify that).
She said for the next few days, lose the tripe, and add some boiled chicken, keep it as bland as possible, and don't give him any treats.
She's given me a 3 day course of antacid, to settle his stomach, and a course of antibiotics for the skin infection.
We now have to see what comes back from the stool samples. She also gave him a shot of anti-sickness medication.
When she jabbed him, he squealed and shot back. He put one paw on my left shoulder, one on my right, sat up on his haunches and tucked his nose into my neck, closing his eyes. It was the most heartwarming moment ever, the vet thought he was so sweet!
We left the vets room, and he went over to a water bowl and drank a lot - I wonder if the anti sickness med had started to take effect - it went straight into a vein - but I was just glad he started drinking.
We all went back to the office and he slept by my desk for the last few hours of work. He is now asleep, he clearly still feels under the weather so he is having a lot of pampering.
Sorry to bore you with such a long post!!!!!!!!
Watch this space for results, I really hope he starts to improve soon.