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Hello All,
I have a 10 year old Dachshund named Brownie and he is the life of our family.
With no signs or symptoms Brownies stomach became enlarged. We immediately took him to our vet, he did an X-ray and concluded that Brownie had a tumor in his liver and that he had cancer.
Of course that was the worst news anyone can receive.
The vet proceeded to tell us that surgery was to expensive and that there was a possibility he wouldn’t survive.
And even if surgery was successful he will not love for long.
He suggested we give him a vegetable diet which and see if we can prolong his life.
He has been home since it’s been a few days, he has not gotten any better or worse.
He has been throwing up he does not have an appetite and it kills me to see my dog in such manner.
I do not know what to do I don’t want him to be in pain but I refuse to give up on him.
I love my dog so much and this was so sudden.
Any advice?
 

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So sorry you have to go through this with your Brownie. Its difficult to say what would be best, but I believe if it were my dog, I would be going for a second opinion, from an oncologist. There are probably medications that can help him have a better quality of life, at least for awhile. Perhaps an oncologist could come up with an acceptable treatment plan.
 

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My dog stopped eating one day and an ultrasound showed that that a large part of her liver was covered in nodules. They were unable to biopsy due to other health issues so didn't know if it was cancerous. I was told two months to live but I took her home and spoon/syringe fed her for 2 months after which she turned a corner, I home cooked for her and she was with me another 3 years.
This is a useful site as it covers both diet and health conditions.
DogAware.com: Diet & Health Info for Man's Best Friend
Sorry about this OP. I can help with general liver issues though not cancer specifically. Plus there is at least one Yahoo group devoted to liver conditions.
B or B12 injections can help with inappetance. My vet showed me how to give them at home.
You can check with your vet but it is my experience that if they aren't eating it is better that they eat something which isn't ideal than nothing at all. Most dogs can't resist tripe or tripe flavoured food btw.
Plus you need to monitor liquid intake and give sub Q injections if necessary.
Situations like this are a tough call. I chose to hang in there and battle for my dog's life but it could, in retrospect have been the wrong decision - just prolonging her suffering.
Any updates?
 
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