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Old 01-29-2016, 10:02 PM
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Taking Hank to the Vet

Hank has a vet appointment tomorrow morning. I am very worried about him as he does not look good at all. He has lost a lot of weight, can see all of his ribs and muscle mass is lost too. His nails are brittle and basically splinter when I try to trim them. His eyes are not looking good either, he has dark staining that he hadn't had before when younger. I noticed when I was bathing him, that his abdomen is tender as he started making groaning noises as I was washing his belly area. His diarrhea has been very difficult to control and is very inconsistent. I'm not sure how much longer my Hanky boy may be around.
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Old 01-30-2016, 10:25 AM
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Just got back from the vet. Hank has lost 13lbs (he's lost 25% of his weight).
The vet's reaction to when he saw Hank was not good and put tears in my eyes. He said he's not looking to good and when he was examining him, the vet said that it is obvious that Hank is not feeling well at all. He is constantly feeling nauseated so gave him an anti-nausea shot and some meds to help control the diarrhea. The vet took blood and will be calling me with the results Monday morning. He also prescribed a paste to help with Hank's digestive system and some canned food to help with his tummy. The vet basically said that Hank is unfortunately wasting away slowly. I'm not sure what to do, Hank will be 10 years old in a couple of months. So do make Hank go through a barrage of diagnostics, biopsies, scopes, etc? or do I help him through palliative care or do I let him go so he's not suffering any more? I don't know what to do.
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Old 01-30-2016, 12:16 PM
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I am so sorry you are going through this. I am sure it is very difficult. You will ultimately have to make the decision if you want to treat him or put him on palliative care. I work in the human health care field so I have experience with these type of situations with humans. You have to think of it as is keeping him alive longer worth the pain he is in? Would he want this? Unfortunately with animals, they do not understand why they are pain I hope this helps.
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I am so, so sorry. I went through a similar thing a couple of years ago with my heart dog, Sam. He just lost weight, couldn't keep down food, etc. It was incredibly hard. 6 months later, one of my other heart dogs went down a similar path.

I think that if the vet thinks a clear-cut cause can be found, and you're willing to pay, diagnostics may be an option. In my Sam's case, there was just so much going on - his entire body was failing. It wasn't as simple as removing a tumor or chemo; there really wasn't anything that could be done. And eventually, I had to let him go.

When the time is right, you'll know. We are in tune with our dogs, particularly our special dogs, and we instinctively know when they are hurting too much to continue on.

Your story has brought tears to my eyes; the pain is too familiar. Hank knows you'll do right by him, and I truly believe (though I know not everyone does) that even when they pass on they never really leave us - they look after us until it's our time to join them.

I'll be thinking of you. ((hugs))
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Sorry to hear Hank is doing poorly. Whether you have the vet do further diagnostic tests is a personal decision. Many senior dogs have good lives even into their very advanced years. Sometimes owner feel an older dog is beyond hope when in fact many conditions that affect older dogs can be helped with fairly easy and inexpensive meds and supplements.

Just speaking for myself but I'd have some x rays done and maybe an ultrasound on the abdominal and chest area if the blood work doesn't offer any answers. Dogs don't waste away slowly for no reason. If he's in pain and it can be alleviated and his condition improved, I'd go for it. Just my opinion.
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I'm so sorry that Hank is going through all of that. I watched Shadow slowly waste away no matter what I did to try and help, so know how heartbreaking it is when we just want to make them better.

Shadow was over 17 when it happened to him so I did not opt to do many diagnostic test, no matter what they showed I would not have opted for any invasive treatment at his age, he had already had 2 strokes, severe arthritis, was blind, and was senile, so I decided to just try what the vet prescribed to hopefully help his appetite, and keep him comfortable. If he had been 10 years old, and in better overall health, I would have had more testing done to figure out what the cause was, and likely opted for more invasive treatments if they were likely to give him a longer quality life.

I agree with seeing what the bloodwork says, and getting a few diagnostic scans done to try and figure out what's causing him to be so sick. Could he have swallowed something that's not showing up on scans?
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oh no that is super difficult on you all. does he have EPI? thats awful of weight to lose and good on you for getting him to the vet. See what bloods show and what diagnosis is before you do anything. It may be treatable and not so expensive(i hope) to treat.

He will let you know when its time but big hugs!
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I'm so sorry to hear about your dog I hope you find what's wrong with him <3
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This has been a chronic problem with Hank for many years. The vet is not sure what is causing it and by his expression seems like Hank is not going to be getting better. I will be trying a new food. The vet thinks it's a chronic inflammatory issue which has been very hard to control and maintain throughout the years. We've tried many medications and such but cannot pinpoint what is causing it to effectively treat it longterm. Hank is constantly nauseous which must make him feel so cappy all the time. EPI has been ruled out as well. We'll see what the blood work shows.
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What foods have you tried? poor hank. be intresting to see what blood work shows though.
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