Dysautonomia in dogs
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Dogowner

Advance, MO

#1 Jul 9, 2011
We recently had a dog die of this disease. Has anyone else had this happen? It is a bad disease that is spreading in Missouri in dogs. No cure. 90% Death rate.
guest

Jackson, MO

#2 Jul 10, 2011
never heard of it what are the symptoms and signs? what can you do to keep your dog safe?
Kacie

Sikeston, MO

#3 Jul 10, 2011
I looked it up. Sounds terrible :( Poor puppies! It said some signs were weight loss, discharge from the nose, and something like the bladder distends or something
guest

Jackson, MO

#4 Jul 10, 2011
how dangerous is it?
Dogowner

Advance, MO

#5 Jul 11, 2011
90% of dogs that get it die. Mine started with diarrhea and the third eyelid was showing. that is when we took him to the vet. then his nose was getting stopped up so we took him back. He was getting dehydrated and they kept him at the hospital. Later that day they called me and told me he tested positive with Dysautonomia. They asked me if I wanted to put him down but we wanted wait another day and see if the meds and IV would make him better. The next day we went to check on him and the little guy was in so much pain. The said he wasn't able to urinate and he started throwing up. So we made the dreadful decision to have him put down. I didn't want him to go through any more pain. We have been devastated since then. They say its not contagious and we have other dogs that are fine. They just don't know much about the disease. He was a great puppy and a happy one. Its a shame he had to die. He was a three month old Beagle healthy and playful up until three days before he died.
Mom

Dallas, TX

#6 Jul 11, 2011
Wow! That's really horrible! I'm sorry. I've never heard of it till now.
dog lover

United States

#7 Jul 11, 2011
What causes them to get it and is there a vaccine ? How do they get in contact with it ?
marlya

Chicago, IL

#8 Jul 11, 2011
This is from University of MO
Dysautonomia has been diagnosed primarily in young adult dogs (median age 14 months with a range from 8 weeks to 10 years of age). Although Labrador retrievers were slightly over-represented, a wide variety of breeds have been affected. The most common presenting complaints in affected dogs have been dysuria, regurgitation, purulent nasal discharge, photophobia, anorexia, and weight loss. The duration of clinical signs averaged about 2 weeks.
marlya

Chicago, IL

#9 Jul 11, 2011
The prognosis in dysautonomia is grave. In the feline epidemic, mortality was about 70%(Edney et al., 1987) and our experience to date with the canine disease suggests a similar high mortality. Animals who survived have been largely left with permanent dysfunction and require intensive nursing care. One dog recovered after 3 months with only dilated pupils and occasional regurgitation as residual signs. Fortunately, the disease appears to still be uncommon, but the increasing number of cases seen in the midwest raises the concern that an epidemic such as occurred in cats in England could be on the horizon.
concerned

United States

#10 Jul 11, 2011
Are you saying that it is more common in labs?
Beautiful

Chicago, IL

#11 Jul 12, 2011
Dogowner wrote:
90% of dogs that get it die. Mine started with diarrhea and the third eyelid was showing. that is when we took him to the vet. then his nose was getting stopped up so we took him back. He was getting dehydrated and they kept him at the hospital. Later that day they called me and told me he tested positive with Dysautonomia. They asked me if I wanted to put him down but we wanted wait another day and see if the meds and IV would make him better. The next day we went to check on him and the little guy was in so much pain. The said he wasn't able to urinate and he started throwing up. So we made the dreadful decision to have him put down. I didn't want him to go through any more pain. We have been devastated since then. They say its not contagious and we have other dogs that are fine. They just don't know much about the disease. He was a great puppy and a happy one. Its a shame he had to die. He was a three month old Beagle healthy and playful up until three days before he died.
That is so tragic and sad. I'm terribly sorry.
Mary

United States

#12 Oct 2, 2011
I just had to put my pup to sleep this morning from dysautonomia. Horrible disease. Pray for a vaccine!
Dogowner

Jackson, MO

#14 Oct 3, 2011
They dont know how they pick it up. They did say that dogs in rual areas tend to get it more than dogs in town. I am sorry to hear about your dog. Yes it is a horrible disease. How old was your dog? We got another Beagle and so far he is doing good. But I watch him like a hawk and make sure he dosent get into anything. I had also read that vitamins help them from getting the disease so he gets a vitamin every day.
Grieving Parent

Shawnee, KS

#15 Oct 10, 2011
Just lost our dog to this awful disease. Live in the Kansas City area. Mizzou and K-State are the only vet schools that even teach their students about the disease. Pray for a vaccine or cure.
Wyoming Dog Lover

Rozet, WY

#16 Nov 17, 2011
We just lost our 8 month old heeler mix to this diease. It is horrible. Northeastern Wyoming has become a hot spot for dysautonomia. Question to others who lost pets...Do you have other dogs? What did you do to clean the infected areas? What info did you receive from your vet or state lab? I'm worried about getting another dog because of this. Please tell everyone you know.
DogOwner

Jackson, MO

#17 Nov 18, 2011
We have three other dogs and none of them got it. The Vet said they don't think the other dogs would get it. It is weird how this disease is. Not a lot of Vets even know much about it.
Verticalexit

Argyle, MO

#18 Jan 26, 2012
Our Boston Terrier was diagnosed with dysautonomia on Tuesday. On Wed morning we made the choice to have her put down that afternoon. When we went in to have it done she actually looked better. The vet wanted to wait 24 more hours and run fluids and meds in her and see what happens. This morning she is up, energetic, eating on her own and had a normal bowel movement. We are taking her home today. I'll keep posted as to how she is doing. Maybe there is hope on the horizon for this horrible disease.
DogOwner

Jackson, MO

#19 Jan 27, 2012
Good luck with her and hope she gets better. I havent seen anyone have one survive yet. It sure would be nice to hear a happy ending for once. We still miss our Beagle. We had got another one and he is doing fine.
cosmosmom

Collins, MO

#20 Mar 21, 2012
I live in Plattsburg Mo which is North of Kansas city about 30 miles. We have a four acre yard surrounded by 80 acres of pasture. Our beloved black lab just recently died from this horrible disease. He was ten years young. It was a horrible week. Now my 1.3 year old Australian shepherd seems to be having some of the symptoms which scares me. I hope to goodness she is just sick from getting in the trash. Pray for a vaccine please and for our little one. I don't think I can go through that again.
DogOwner

Jackson, MO

#21 Mar 22, 2012
I hope and pray your Shepherd gets better. This desease is scary it seems that no dog is safe from it at any age. I have 4 dogs now and watch them close to make sure they dont get into nothing they arent supposed to get into.

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