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YAY! I'm so happy she is coming home. Glad she has a bit of fight in her too.

Any idea what all the vet diagnosed it as?
 

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Honestly, I have no idea. We will find out today hopefully!

We should be picking her up around 3pm. It's 11:37am right now. So I have some wait...Which I hope will go by fast!!
 

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We are going to pick Brandi up in a little less than an hour. Unfortunately the vet said she hasn't eaten in two days. She ate the first day but now she's just stopped. Doctor said that he will give us some medication to take home. Hopefully they will boost her up! Also, her levels went down so he said she is doing better...aside from the fact she stopped eating again. He didn't say the results of the tests though. Hopefully he will tell us when we are there.
 

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Well she is home now. She is much skinnier than before. Almost immediately when she got home she threw up. She is not in good shape. The doc didn't get to do the test he wanted to do because he had a couple emergency cases that took over. So he sent her home with a few meds and special food. She goes back to the vet on Tuesday. Unfortunately the vet thinks its most likely cancer. ='( Then there is nothing we can really do about it as she is so sick. We will see what he says on Tuesday.
 

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She looks like she's in rough shape. Sorry.

Do you like your vet? Is this the same vet she's going back to on Tuesday?

I'd personally be mighty annoyed if he didn't find the time to run whatever test he wanted to do when she was there for like, what, 3 days... but that's just my opinion. He should have made the time after he took care of the emergencies... not to mention addressed the mystery lump near her eye...

Just my two cents.
 

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She looks like she's in rough shape. Sorry.

Do you like your vet? Is this the same vet she's going back to on Tuesday?

I'd personally be mighty annoyed if he didn't find the time to run whatever test he wanted to do when she was there for like, what, 3 days... but that's just my opinion. He should have made the time after he took care of the emergencies... not to mention addressed the mystery lump near her eye...

Just my two cents.
I agree with this. Also they should have told you 2 days ago that she wasn't eating. I worked in a vet office and we had a case similar. The first day the dog refused breakfast we informed the owner. Lunch time, dog did not eat. We called the owner to come down and sit with her to get her to eat. It worked. The owner came in 3 times a day to feed her. Some communication should have happened.
 

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So, regarding your other post about "Liver Treatment", here's my input.

Since I assume you still don't have a real diagnosis, getting a liver support like Denamarin (Denamarin: Liver Medication For Dogs & Cats, Pet Liver Medication - 1800PetMeds) can only help. Without a diagnosis, no one knows if it will help but it won't hurt. My cat with hepatic lipidosis was on it and so was my dog prior to and following her surgery for her liver cancer. Once her blood levels were near normal a few months post-op, I took her off of it. I've seen dogs with liver changes related to seizure medications do miraculously well on it. I think it's worth a shot.

Try the "special food" (If it's Hill's L/D, one of the few liver diets I'm aware of, most dogs hate the taste and won't eat it). If she does NOT eat in the next day or two, cook her some boiled chicken and rice. If she were mine, I'd be cooking that tonight just in case. She needs to eat in order to have any strength to try to repair whatever is wrong with her. Special food is useless if she won't eat at all. If she gets her appetite back, you can try adding some of the special food in but it's more important for her to eat given her weak state than not.

What Pawz mentioned is true. We'd have owners come all the time to feed their dogs-- often times they'd bring cooked food as well. It often helped.

I'd HIGHLY consider getting her to the specialist asap for the ultrasound and additional testing. I would not be waiting until Tuesday with a dog who is vomiting, losing weight and (potentially) is not eating. And, I personally would not be going back to that vet.
 

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I do like our vet. He's done great things for us. However, this time around I do agree with what you are saying. He should have communicated more. He did inform us the first day she was not eating but he didn't recommend we come down or anything like that. I trust my vet and what he says. I just worry about that lump near her eye. It doesn't look like something she could have done herself and she didn't have any procedures done near her eye...that I know of...It does worry me she may have been abused there but I try not to think that way. They are not open tomorrow so we cannot call tomorrow to ask about it. We will call monday to ask and to make the other appointment.

I tried getting her to eat the special food but she did not eat it. Not even when I tried to spoon feed her. I am going to boil some chicken. If she refuses that then we know she is seriously ill. She threw up again. I have a feeling she may not make it another week. She is not doing so well. I had so much faith she was going to get so much better but no...She is so much worse...I honestly do not know what to do. Since we do not have a lot of money and I just had to spend a ton of money on her vet bill (paying it off monthly). It would be hard to take her to a specialist because that would be thousands of dollars probably. The vet wanted to see how she would do on the meds he sent home so maybe when she is on those she'll feel better?

We have been going to this vet for years. He has done so much for us. Very kind vet. I would hate to have to switch vets but I know what you guys mean. When he told us that he had emergency cases he had to do and didn't have time to do her other test I kind of got upset because my dog is dying and she needed those tests sooner rather than later. It is upsetting and it did at one point make me want to switch vets but I don't know...It's hard when you have been with a vet for so long.
 

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Now that she's vomited again, she probably should have food and water withheld for a while (at least 12 hours) and then reintroduce a small amount of water to see if she holds it down. If she does, then teeny amounts of boiled chicken. Her stomach needs to rest.

Did he send her home with any anti-nausea medications?

Also, depending on what meds she was sent home on, they may make her feel worse. If she's on antibiotics and she's not eating, that may make her feel crappier.

Your dogs life is more important than potentially hurting your vets feelings. And a fresh opinion is always good. I think he dropped the ball, I'm very sorry. You're right--- your dog isn't doing well and he just let her sit there. I'm sorry, but the more I put myself in your situation the more pissed I get for you...

I've stated my opinion. Look into CareCredit. CareCredit Veterinary Financing for Pet Care, Pet Surgery, Vaccinations & Other Veterinary Medicine Procedures
 

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PS- even if they are not open, they SHOULD have an emergency number. DO NOT HESITATE TO USE IT-- your vet owes you that much. You're concerned about the eye-lump? Call the number. She's still not eating or continues to vomit tomorrow-- Call. She'll get dehydrated very quickly if she continues to vomit and that's going to make her condition worse.
 

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Okay, last post maybe: Specialist. Don't know where you live, but a consult plus ultrasound may run you about $300-$500. Then at least you'll have an idea if there is actually a tumor or not and go from there. I still feel like you spent all of this money, were tossed some meds and food for a dog who isn't eating and is vomiting and were sent on your way with no answers.



***Stepping off of my soap box***
 

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Now that she's vomited again, she probably should have food and water withheld for a while (at least 12 hours) and then reintroduce a small amount of water to see if she holds it down. If she does, then teeny amounts of boiled chicken. Her stomach needs to rest.

Did he send her home with any anti-nausea medications?

Also, depending on what meds she was sent home on, they may make her feel worse. If she's on antibiotics and she's not eating, that may make her feel crappier.

Your dogs life is more important than potentially hurting your vets feelings. And a fresh opinion is always good. I think he dropped the ball, I'm very sorry. You're right--- your dog isn't doing well and he just let her sit there. I'm sorry, but the more I put myself in your situation the more pissed I get for you...

I've stated my opinion. Look into CareCredit. CareCredit Veterinary Financing for Pet Care, Pet Surgery, Vaccinations & Other Veterinary Medicine Procedures
Yeah she have vomited three times tonight. She has been drinking a ton of water. I guess I will put away her water. I feel bad when doing this though. I feel like I am torturing her.

He sent her home with Denosyl, Soloxine, and Amoxicillin.

My mom is going to get some chicken on her way home tonight so I can cook it for Brandi. I made egg with cheese for her but she refused that, surprisingly.

Yeah, I understand why you are pissed. I am going to talk it over with my mom when she gets here. We do have care credit. We've been using that to pay for it.

PS- even if they are not open, they SHOULD have an emergency number. DO NOT HESITATE TO USE IT-- your vet owes you that much. You're concerned about the eye-lump? Call the number. She's still not eating or continues to vomit tomorrow-- Call. She'll get dehydrated very quickly if she continues to vomit and that's going to make her condition worse.
That reminds me, they do have an emergency line! Thanks.

Okay, last post maybe: Specialist. Don't know where you live, but a consult plus ultrasound may run you about $300-$500. Then at least you'll have an idea if there is actually a tumor or not and go from there. I still feel like you spent all of this money, were tossed some meds and food for a dog who isn't eating and is vomiting and were sent on your way with no answers.



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I agree. I feel like I spent all this money and still have no answers. She stayed there for three days and for what?! ugh. Now my eyes are being opened. This is not fair. Although he did do another blood test for her liver...but it didn't tell us anything...

I am very upset that my dog is so sick. Now on top of it I've spent over $1000 and I still have no answers. :(
 

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Okay, so Denosyl is part of the Denamarin that I recommended. The other part, Marin, may also be useful (but hey, at least he gave you something potentially useful). The Denosyl needs to be given on an empty stomach but I wouldn't give it until she stops vomiting (personally, I wouldn't give anything orally until she stops vomiting). The Soloxine is for her thyroid and the Amoxicillin is an antibiotic. Giving that on an empty stomach may cause her more problems like I mentioned before.

I know taking away the water seems like torture, but her drinking a lot is probably causing the vomiting. When you reintroduce water tomorrow, only give like 1/4 cup. If she holds it down for an hour or so, give 1/4 cup more. Do that a few times and if she continues to hold it down, give her a TINY amount of chicken and do the same as you did with the water. Small amounts.
 

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Its a holiday weekend on top of it. Either way, its going to be hard to get in to see any vet without paying something outrageous for "after hours" help. (Least out here its that way). I understand your loyalty for your vet and I don't blame you. But maybe you should just get a second opinion else where? Doesn't mean you have to "leave" your vet, just ensure his attention isn't being spread too thin you know? Could call and make an appt for your dog else where and if you feel comfortable in his diagnosis, you can always cancel the other appt with the other vet.

No harm in playing it safe.

Hope your baby feels better soon :( Poor thing :(
 

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Yeah I didn't even realize it was a holiday weekend. It just had to be right?
She made it through the night and is doing alright this morning. Aside from trying to drink a ton. I took her water away and will give her some every now and again. I tried giving her pedialyte but she would not take to it. I haven't tried to feed her yet because one of her meds requires no food so I am waiting an hour to give her breakfast. Should be boiling chicken right now.

I will talk to my mom and see what she says about switching vets, well getting a second opinion.
 

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You could give her the cooled broth in which you cook the chicken. That might be less upsetting to her tummy than straight water. DO get some fluids in her, little by little. This is important! Start with just a couple of swallows. If that is OK, you can give a few more swallows every 20 or 30 minutes.

As Holly mentioned the Amoxicillin will upset her tummy, so if you give it to her without any food, she'll likely throw up again, further dehydrating her. You'll have to use your own judgement about when to try to give her the Amox, but clearly, giving it when she's just going to throw it up, will not help at all and will actually make things worse.
 
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