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Hi,

Im new here and wanted some advice about this and what is the best way to care for our little one.

We have a border collie who is rapidly approaching 15 years old and went through a bad bout of diarrhea lately. We asked the vets to keep her in and do tests as she had been on rimadyl and we wanted to check if it was impacting her liver. Tests came back with high levels, they did the bile acid tests and they came back high too.

Vet is looking at options but she is talking about scans and a biopsy and feels it is the best course of action.

We dont want to sound like uncaring parents but our dog cant be given general anaesthetic due to a bad reaction and I know a type of biopsy can also be done under deep sedation but we are concerned that anything is a risk and at her age we dont really want to put her through it if it can be avoided, we also feel that even if they find a mass, we wont be able to operate anyway. Will the biopsy be useful for anything else as the vet is only really talking about looking for masses etc?

Obviously despite whatever happens from here we now need to look at giving her foods to support her liver, currently we have her on royal canin hepatic and the vet has prescribed samylin. The hepatic food is very expensive and whilst I would live on beans on toast to make sure our dog is fed properly, I was wanting to know if there are any normal foods we could give her which will be gentle on the liver as although I would spend my last penny on her, our funds arent limitless (although if Royal canin is the only option, its what she will get). It also doesn't help that the vets are charging £70 for a months supply of the samylin when it can be bought online at a third of the price...

Also, are there any other things we could be giving her to help on top of the samylin and the hepatic foods?

We spent the whole of last year treating our cat for CKD before she passed away and now its like a whole new learning curve with the dog so any help or advice would be much appreciated
 

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I don't know if this will help you at all or not because it is a really hard decision to make. But I have a 14 year old lab who they are sure has liver cancer. We have one more test to go in June for the final results on that. If it is 100 percent positive
We have decided to euthanize her. Trust me it has been months of weighing our options. But we took in her age, her health because she is blind and in pain, and what treatment would do to her if she survived it. So I kinda do know what you have to go through in thinking? of all your options. All I can tell you is go with what would be best for your dog.
 

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Im really sorry to hear about what your going through, we have been there so I empathise. We had 2 dogs and 3 cats and old age or disease has taken them in the last few years, its a hard choice at the end but we know we always made the right one at the right time as im sure you will too.

We are fortunate at the moment, our dog is full of beans and had it not been for the recent sickness we wouldn't have been aware there was even a problem (and if we hadn't insisted on the blood tests we still wouldn't know) so at the moment euthanasia isnt on the table. I know how quickly diseases can take a turn, the CKD in our cat saw her nose dive in a matter of days so ill be watching closely.

She is starting to lose her sight (not too badly but its happening) and is suffering from mild arthritis which is gradually getting worse so we will be carefully considering the options put before us as even a visit to the vets gives her panic attacks!
 

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Sounds like you are on top of things, and are making reasonable choices. Can only hope for the best.
 
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