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I'm starting a new thread about my pup because I refuse to post anything else to a post about the possibility that my dog is dying. http://www.dogforum.com/dog-health/palliative-care-dying-dog-242954/

I no longer think so at all. She is getting better! She's eating, hallelujah. I don't know what changed, but I want to think we are now on the road to recovery.

The specialty vet who gave her the ultrasound said she couldn't find anything too sinister going on. Just normal aging. (But I'm doing that too…:p) The internal medicine specialist suggested an endoscopy if things didn't improve. But right after that, she ate dinner. And today she only nibbled at breakfast (which is still an improvement over complete refusal), and then happily scarfed down lunch and dinner. I have her on a gastro-friendly food that is low fat and very bland to try and encourage her sore insides to heal.

She is taking sulcrate to help ulcers heal (assuming that's what's going on) and Pepcid AC to reduce stomach acids, again to prevent irritation to any potential ulcers.

So what do you say? Do we need this endoscopy? Or should we go ahead and enjoy the fact that life seems to be returning to normal, and keep the next mortgage payment in our account? ;)
 

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I'd probably opt to wait on the colonoscopy unless I suspected that the findings would change the treatment plan or she started doing worse but that's just my opinion given that I'm on a limited income and have a dog that's terrified of the vet and strange people.

I'm just so thrilled that she's doing better and has started eating, and am doing a happy dance for y'all! Have you talked to the vet about if it would be better to feed small frequent meals or a couple of large ones?
 
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Thanks Rain, I'm so thrilled that she's doing better too!

We've always given three small meals with snacks in between because we have Italian Greyhounds. Not sure if you're familiar with the breed but they are prone to tummy issues because they have tiny stomachs and super fast metabolisms. (Wish I had that problem, hehe) If they eat too much they throw up food. If they eat too seldom they throw up bile.

I have four of them. I know… I'm nuts.

But we've generally got the feeding thing down to a fine art to keep everyone at the right level. Of course, with these recent developments, we may need to make further adjustments to fine tune the plan.

I think I'm leaning the same way about the endoscopy. It's expensive!! $2K!! And I'd probably do it anyway if she was still starving herself, but now that she has decided to eat, I'm not sure it makes sense. I just wish she'd started eating about a thousand dollars ago…. sigh!
 

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You're welcome!

I'm a little familiar with Greyhounds and know they are prone to bloat if fed large meals, but that's about all I know about feeding them, but hardly know anything about Italian Greyhound. You're feeding schedule sounds a bit like mine with my Chi x Dach, he gets hunger pukes besides being convinced he's starving if I do not feed him throughout the day. I put his daily food portion into a container and feed him 2 larger meals and then a few smaller ones throughout the day besides the treats we use for training.

LOL, I've taken to calling my boy Vet Bill, although you are making me feel better about how much I've spent at the vet this year. I do understand about putting the endoscopy on hold, so long as she keeps getting better, it makes perfect sense.
 
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