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Old 10-09-2017, 03:22 PM
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Help! After exploratory surgery dog still sick, vet doesn't know what is wrong

Hi everyone. I joined the forum because I am having problems with my dog and am getting desperate.
Manya is a 2.5 year old mixed terrier adopted from a shelter 5 months ago. He's probably a mix of pitbull and American bulldog as far as I can tell.
Since he was adopted he has had food and water regurgitation. Usually it happens at least 2-3 times per week, but became more often. He regurgitates after 12 hours of eating, and always 5-6 pebbles of undigested food (whole pebbles) or clear water. No foam, no blood, no bile.
His appetite is unchanged (and really good), his energy level is good, and he seems "ok".
But recently he had a skin growth that began bleeding and growing, so out of safety we got it removed. The vet noticed the regurgitation when he vomited after surgery despite having been fed almost 24 hora prior.
I was asked about it and I mentioned the above history, and she said it is not normal for that to happen.
He also had some skin issues when we adopted him and despite changing food it continued, until we took him to a veterinary dermatologist who started him on Royal Canin hydrolyzed protein diet and since then the skin improved and the stool became more solid. The vomiting was unchanged no matter the diet he was fed.
On October 5th we did a barium study that showed what appeared to be a ball in his stomach. The possibility of this ball causing an acute obstruction had usbfreaking out and we took him for surgery the next day.
On October 6th he had an open exploratory laparotomy (surgery) and to everyone's surprise there was nothing in his stomach. No ball, no foreign object, NOTHING. And also nothing in his intestines.
They took a biopsy of his stomach which was a inflamed, another one of his small intestine, and a lymph node because he was found to have inflamed lymph nodes in his abdomen. They also found an enlarged spleen (along with an old scarred injury ). None of the findings explained his symptoms or his barium study results. We are clueless. To make things worse, as of today, October 9th, he's still at the vet, vomiting. He still has good appetite and good spirits. But he's not any better than before and now has a big surgical wound.
I posted pictures here of his barium study but I posted the pictures of the barium study and two similarly cases (on imaging) on Instagram https://instagram.com/p/BaAVcuyAjR-/
If anyone is interested.
So far we are waiting for the biopsy results, a full blood parasite tests (that may explain the enlarged spleen and lymph nodes), and he's getting antibiotics, ranitidine (for gastritis), anti nausea medication, and fluids through his veins. As of today he is nonlonger being fed by mouth...
Pleas, any and all suggestions will be considered and greatly appreciated!!!
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Have you tried giving him rice and chicken?? Not from dog food but bought and made. That might help. :-)
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Have you tried giving him rice and chicken?? Not from dog food but bought and made. That might help. :-)
Yes, on the initial food trials prior to the prescription food. But no change.
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How about ice cubes for 24 hours no puking then slowly bring food back in :-) They will slowly suck on the ice cube they can't eat all at one time. You could out it in a water bowl and as it melts he will slowly drink it :-):-)
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If your Vet can't diagnose after all the test results are in, its time for another Vet, probably a specialist. I would suggest an internist, then follow his or her advice for any needed further diagnostic testing.
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If your Vet can't diagnose after all the test results are in, its time for another Vet, probably a specialist. I would suggest an internist, then follow his or her advice for any needed further diagnostic testing.
I'm waiting for him to be discharged from the vet, since I don't feel that taking him home with the fresh surgical scar and vomiting is safe.
Our vet is an internist, so I guess I can look for a different one. I'm really torn here... ???
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How about ice cubes for 24 hours no puking then slowly bring food back in :-) They will slowly suck on the ice cube they can't eat all at one time. You could out it in a water bowl and as it melts he will slowly drink it :-):-)
He doesn't hold down water alone... I don't think this will be something that goes away this way either. I really wish I could know what is causing this so I can fix it
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Try just giving him ice cubes for a day then slowly start giving him his food back slowly :-)
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Ice cubes slow down drinking he can't gulp it
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I'm waiting for him to be discharged from the vet, since I don't feel that taking him home with the fresh surgical scar and vomiting is safe.
Our vet is an internist, so I guess I can look for a different one. I'm really torn here... ???
If you have been going to this Vet for a period of time, and trust him, you might try a discussion with him and candidly ask what's the plan here, for a good diagnosis and treatment plan? Ask point blank, do we need additional Vets involved here to get a diagnosis and treatment plan in place?
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