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Hello everyone,

I'm new to this forum and hoping possibly someone has heard of the below scenario I'm going to describe :/ ANY help would be so much appreciated.
I apologize in advance for the mini novel:

My 4 year old 90 lb golden retriever/German Shepherd mix has been in the hospital since Tuesday morning of this week. I had noticed when I got home from work on Monday night a small brown puddle of vomit...which in and of itself isn't abnormal for him. He does occasionally throw up, but I've attributed it always to the people food I give him, and that past weekend had been full of cheese (I know, I know, I'll stop that now, I promise:( ).

We were actually on our way out to a follow up vet appointment for his conjunctivitis (pink eye). He was fine on the car ride over, but threw up twice in the car on the way back, which struck me as odd, but the vomit was yellow and mucousy so I wasn't incredibly alarmed, again blamed on the cheese. Got him home, couple hours later he started throwing up orangey vomit....then a few hours later it was definitely bloody vomit. I took him back to the vet, and they gave him cerennia which stopped the vomiting.

They did blood work, everything came back negative. She checked his organs, nothing was inflamed or swollen etc. But he started having horrible black diarrhea, I believe she called it melena, and was also releasing blood clots in his stool. :(

They gave him medicine for that as well, and he hasn't had anymore diarrhea since.

I went to pick him up yesterday, Wednesday, and literally right before we were about to leave, the vet asks me if he paws at his face at home...I said no, never. This immediately set up alarm--because about 2 years prior to this, almost this same sequence of events (He didn't have the melena)---happened to him. Bloody vomit, then pawing at the face followed by intense face swelling.

She went to check on him and sure enough his face had swollen shut and his eyes were incredibly red. They kept him again overnight and gave him a steroid shot.

The vet mentioned to me it could be a mast tumor in his GI tract, but not to look it up yet, because she didn't want me to get scared...so of course I spent all last night googling and bawling my eyes out.

This morning the swelling is gone, and still no vomitting or diarrhea. He's eating normally, and acting normally per the vet. I'm going to pick him up in a few hours. The vet is going to contact a specialist/oncologist to see if they think an ultrasound is necessary (I say better safe than sorry)

Has anyone ever had this happen with their dogs? Bloody vomit, followed by bloody stool, and then face swelling...almost a delayed reaction?:/ the sequence of his symptoms apparently is the most alarming part of this, and why she is suspicious of a mast cell tumor (visceral).

thank you again to anyone that stayed with me through all of this. The thought of losing my Thor is beyond devastating.
 

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If you have him hospitalized, I think you're doing everything right. I don't have a lot of advice for you, though-- I haven't seen anything like this in my own dog. I know you already mentioned this in your post, but I would definitely put him on a canine diet-- I know it's more expensive, but the improvement in his health will be astronomical.
 

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Once had mini fox terrier whose face swelled up but he had a vaccine day before.
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Hello everyone,

I'm new to this forum and hoping possibly someone has heard of the below scenario I'm going to describe :/ ANY help would be so much appreciated.
I apologize in advance for the mini novel:

My 4 year old 90 lb golden retriever/German Shepherd mix has been in the hospital since Tuesday morning of this week. I had noticed when I got home from work on Monday night a small brown puddle of vomit...which in and of itself isn't abnormal for him. He does occasionally throw up, but I've attributed it always to the people food I give him, and that past weekend had been full of cheese (I know, I know, I'll stop that now, I promise:( ).

We were actually on our way out to a follow up vet appointment for his conjunctivitis (pink eye). He was fine on the car ride over, but threw up twice in the car on the way back, which struck me as odd, but the vomit was yellow and mucousy so I wasn't incredibly alarmed, again blamed on the cheese. Got him home, couple hours later he started throwing up orangey vomit....then a few hours later it was definitely bloody vomit. I took him back to the vet, and they gave him cerennia which stopped the vomiting.

They did blood work, everything came back negative. She checked his organs, nothing was inflamed or swollen etc. But he started having horrible black diarrhea, I believe she called it melena, and was also releasing blood clots in his stool. :(

They gave him medicine for that as well, and he hasn't had anymore diarrhea since.

I went to pick him up yesterday, Wednesday, and literally right before we were about to leave, the vet asks me if he paws at his face at home...I said no, never. This immediately set up alarm--because about 2 years prior to this, almost this same sequence of events (He didn't have the melena)---happened to him. Bloody vomit, then pawing at the face followed by intense face swelling.

She went to check on him and sure enough his face had swollen shut and his eyes were incredibly red. They kept him again overnight and gave him a steroid shot.

The vet mentioned to me it could be a mast tumor in his GI tract, but not to look it up yet, because she didn't want me to get scared...so of course I spent all last night googling and bawling my eyes out.

This morning the swelling is gone, and still no vomitting or diarrhea. He's eating normally, and acting normally per the vet. I'm going to pick him up in a few hours. The vet is going to contact a specialist/oncologist to see if they think an ultrasound is necessary (I say better safe than sorry)

Has anyone ever had this happen with their dogs? Bloody vomit, followed by bloody stool, and then face swelling...almost a delayed reaction?:/ the sequence of his symptoms apparently is the most alarming part of this, and why she is suspicious of a mast cell tumor (visceral).

thank you again to anyone that stayed with me through all of this. The thought of losing my Thor is beyond devastating.
 

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Hi. Our dog is literally going through the same thing and it's terrifying. Did you ever figure out what happened?
 

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Hi. Our dog is literally going through the same thing and it's terrifying. Did you ever figure out what happened?
Hi KTH, I'm afraid this thread is 6 years old and OP never came back, you will not get an answer here.

Have you contacted the veterinarian? That is your 1st priority and please do so now.

If you'd like more input, I encourage you to open a new topic in the Health forum.
 

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Hi KTH, I'm afraid this thread is 6 years old and OP never came back, you will not get an answer here.

Have you contacted the veterinarian? That is your 1st priority and please do so now.

If you'd like more input, I encourage you to open a new topic in the Health forum.
She was at the ER overnight getting fluids, antibiotics, anti nausea meds & this morning anti inflammatory & benadryl injections. But all tests came back normal and the Dr's were somewhat perplexed...
 
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