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Old 09-02-2011, 08:31 PM
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YAY! I'm so happy she is coming home. Glad she has a bit of fight in her too.

Any idea what all the vet diagnosed it as?
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Old 09-03-2011, 01:37 PM
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Honestly, I have no idea. We will find out today hopefully!

We should be picking her up around 3pm. It's 11:37am right now. So I have some wait...Which I hope will go by fast!!
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Old 09-03-2011, 04:25 PM
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We are going to pick Brandi up in a little less than an hour. Unfortunately the vet said she hasn't eaten in two days. She ate the first day but now she's just stopped. Doctor said that he will give us some medication to take home. Hopefully they will boost her up! Also, her levels went down so he said she is doing better...aside from the fact she stopped eating again. He didn't say the results of the tests though. Hopefully he will tell us when we are there.
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awww, i'm glad she will be coming home soon, and seems better, keeping her in my thoughts hopefully she gets her appetite back when she is home with her family again...



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Old 09-03-2011, 06:33 PM
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Well she is home now. She is much skinnier than before. Almost immediately when she got home she threw up. She is not in good shape. The doc didn't get to do the test he wanted to do because he had a couple emergency cases that took over. So he sent her home with a few meds and special food. She goes back to the vet on Tuesday. Unfortunately the vet thinks its most likely cancer. ='( Then there is nothing we can really do about it as she is so sick. We will see what he says on Tuesday.
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I don't know what the bump is on her eye but it was there when we picked her up. =/

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She looks like she's in rough shape. Sorry.

Do you like your vet? Is this the same vet she's going back to on Tuesday?

I'd personally be mighty annoyed if he didn't find the time to run whatever test he wanted to do when she was there for like, what, 3 days... but that's just my opinion. He should have made the time after he took care of the emergencies... not to mention addressed the mystery lump near her eye...

Just my two cents.

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She looks like she's in rough shape. Sorry.

Do you like your vet? Is this the same vet she's going back to on Tuesday?

I'd personally be mighty annoyed if he didn't find the time to run whatever test he wanted to do when she was there for like, what, 3 days... but that's just my opinion. He should have made the time after he took care of the emergencies... not to mention addressed the mystery lump near her eye...

Just my two cents.
I agree with this. Also they should have told you 2 days ago that she wasn't eating. I worked in a vet office and we had a case similar. The first day the dog refused breakfast we informed the owner. Lunch time, dog did not eat. We called the owner to come down and sit with her to get her to eat. It worked. The owner came in 3 times a day to feed her. Some communication should have happened.
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So, regarding your other post about "Liver Treatment", here's my input.

Since I assume you still don't have a real diagnosis, getting a liver support like Denamarin (Denamarin: Liver Medication For Dogs & Cats, Pet Liver Medication - 1800PetMeds) can only help. Without a diagnosis, no one knows if it will help but it won't hurt. My cat with hepatic lipidosis was on it and so was my dog prior to and following her surgery for her liver cancer. Once her blood levels were near normal a few months post-op, I took her off of it. I've seen dogs with liver changes related to seizure medications do miraculously well on it. I think it's worth a shot.

Try the "special food" (If it's Hill's L/D, one of the few liver diets I'm aware of, most dogs hate the taste and won't eat it). If she does NOT eat in the next day or two, cook her some boiled chicken and rice. If she were mine, I'd be cooking that tonight just in case. She needs to eat in order to have any strength to try to repair whatever is wrong with her. Special food is useless if she won't eat at all. If she gets her appetite back, you can try adding some of the special food in but it's more important for her to eat given her weak state than not.

What Pawz mentioned is true. We'd have owners come all the time to feed their dogs-- often times they'd bring cooked food as well. It often helped.

I'd HIGHLY consider getting her to the specialist asap for the ultrasound and additional testing. I would not be waiting until Tuesday with a dog who is vomiting, losing weight and (potentially) is not eating. And, I personally would not be going back to that vet.
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I do like our vet. He's done great things for us. However, this time around I do agree with what you are saying. He should have communicated more. He did inform us the first day she was not eating but he didn't recommend we come down or anything like that. I trust my vet and what he says. I just worry about that lump near her eye. It doesn't look like something she could have done herself and she didn't have any procedures done near her eye...that I know of...It does worry me she may have been abused there but I try not to think that way. They are not open tomorrow so we cannot call tomorrow to ask about it. We will call monday to ask and to make the other appointment.

I tried getting her to eat the special food but she did not eat it. Not even when I tried to spoon feed her. I am going to boil some chicken. If she refuses that then we know she is seriously ill. She threw up again. I have a feeling she may not make it another week. She is not doing so well. I had so much faith she was going to get so much better but no...She is so much worse...I honestly do not know what to do. Since we do not have a lot of money and I just had to spend a ton of money on her vet bill (paying it off monthly). It would be hard to take her to a specialist because that would be thousands of dollars probably. The vet wanted to see how she would do on the meds he sent home so maybe when she is on those she'll feel better?

We have been going to this vet for years. He has done so much for us. Very kind vet. I would hate to have to switch vets but I know what you guys mean. When he told us that he had emergency cases he had to do and didn't have time to do her other test I kind of got upset because my dog is dying and she needed those tests sooner rather than later. It is upsetting and it did at one point make me want to switch vets but I don't know...It's hard when you have been with a vet for so long.
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