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I assume no vomiting overnight then? That would be good...

Since it's a few hours since your post, have you started giving her the little bits of water? How is she handling it?
 

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She did not vomit overnight, thankfully! I was so worried about that!

I have been giving her little bits of water, she is handling it well. She also ate some boiled chicken. I am only giving her a little bit because I don't want to upset her stomach.

Do you think she could have been throwing up so much last night because she had just been taken off her treatment the vet was giving her?
 

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She did not vomit overnight, thankfully! I was so worried about that!

I have been giving her little bits of water, she is handling it well. She also ate some boiled chicken. I am only giving her a little bit because I don't want to upset her stomach.

Do you think she could have been throwing up so much last night because she had just been taken off her treatment the vet was giving her?
Glad to hear it (the no vomit AND the eating!) I honestly think the vomiting was because she was guzzling water (that's what it sounded like from your post anyway). Who knows what the vet was actually doing but I don't think it was related, to be honest, to being taken home and off of treatment.
 

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You can also try adding some boiled white rice to the chicken if you want to give her a little substance (but keep it bland so her body can handle it).
 

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Yeah. It was really like she was drinking that much water just so she would throw up. =/

I am going to try and take her to another vet on Tuesday to get another opinion.
 

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Keep going with the small amounts of food and water until then-- you can gradually increase how much you give though.

I'm glad you're going to try for another opinion.

If you haven't started the Amoxicillin, if she continues to eat you could try starting that (with a "meal").
 

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Glad there is some progress on the home front.

My dogs always get the worst things on holiday weekends too.. :( i hate being worried and stressed out all weekend only to be the first person at the vet looking like i havent slept in 3 days.. lol
 

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I'm sorry your dog is this ill. As Holly said it would really help to know which live enzyme is elevated. Also, just to give you an example of how much a specialist is because I just came from there. Lily went to the University of Tennessee Vet hospital, it was $135 for the office visit, and I think the ultrasound was around $300.
 

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Now we've noticed Brandi is having trouble defecating. Could this be due to her arthritis in her back?

I will talk to my mom tonight when she gets home from work about the whole new vet and specialist ordeal. The thing is the vet wanted the specialist to do a liver biopsy and that would cost like $800...We've used a lot of our care credit already and only have like $1000 left on it. I don't know how much more we can do. I am at a loss. Hopefully we can figure everything out soon...should have been already figured out but what can I do now.. >.>
 

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Could be arthritis, but also could be a sign that she's going to have some diarrhea. Could also be simply because she's weak.

I'm not really sure what additional advice to give you because I'm really quite confused as to what your vet did, what he thinks is going on and his rationale for things. A biopsy may be important or may be somewhat unnecessary depending on what he "diagnosed". If it's a solitary tumor and she's doing poorly, then a biopsy may not be necessary because she just may need surgery to take the darn thing out. If he thinks it's a hepatitis, then a biopsy may be useful but also she should respond to treatment. Too many questions unanswered unfortunately.

Sorry I can't be more helpful at this point but I think you're now thinking along the right lines about what your next step needs to be. At the very least a second opinion with a general vet to ask what she/he thinks the next step should be. Even if she/he does no additional testing, just getting their opinion of what was done is useful. Make sure to bring with you copies of all of the bloodwork that was done and copies of her x-rays (I think you said that's what was done... ), as well as what meds and treatments she's received.
 

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I am confused too. He didn't tell us exactly what he did. All he said was he did a treatment. I could go look at the invoice though..if I can find it...Or just wait till my mom gets home and see if she can get it for me so I can tell you what it says on there.

Doctor thinks it's probably cancer but is unsure. That is why he wanted the biopsy.
 

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Well, like I said, if he thinks he saw 1 large tumor (which he can't really be sure of on x-rays) then a biopsy may not be necessary because it just has to come out (because she's doing so poorly). If the liver was just large and he's thinking cancer, then I see his rationale.

Depending on what he's thinking, they may be able to take tiny samples with a needle during an ultrasound. That being said, these samples are not diagnostic for all types of liver issues. The best biopsy is a surgical biopsy where she is totally opened up-- but then obviously you have all of the risks associated with an abdominal surgery.

You're in a tough spot. Been there, I know.
 

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Yeah. It's very tough.

What the doctor said was because her liver enzymes were so highly elevated and they didn't much improve while she was there that is why he thinks it may be cancer. He didn't say he saw anything in the x-ray.
 

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I woke up to my dog throwing up. She is throwing up bile. She's thrown up twice this morning and it's only 11am. She won't eat anything anymore.
 

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I am sorry Amy.
It sounds like she is indeed very sick...

Hope you are preparing your heart for what is likely to come relatively soon.

Make her as comfortable as you can.
Enjoy your moments together. Let her know she is loved!

This is a very tough time.
I've been through this recently too... twice lately in fact...

Hugs...
 

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Ugh, I'm sorry. Take away the food and water again as before. Hopefully you are taking her to the vet tomorrow again.

Good Luck.
 

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Sucks to hear she isn't improving :( Hope the vet can do soemthing for her tomorrow.
 

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Brandi was put to sleep this morning. She was suffering too much and the vet said he didn't want to put her through anymore treatment because it wouldn't do much help and would just make her comfortable not fix her. He thought it was best that we put her down as well. It was so hard. I've been crying off and on all day. She was our protector. She kept me company on days when I was home alone. She meant so much to me. It's so hard to write this.

I just hope she is at peace now and know that she was loved so much. Maybe she is with our other dog (her best friend) now. I hope she is happy at the rainbow bridge now. I know she will be waiting for me. I am going to miss her so so much. I can't believe she is gone. I don't want to believe it. But I know she was suffering and I know how sick she was. Just so difficult.

Thanks everyone.
 

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I was hoping for an update all day, but I'm sorry to see this is the update.

She was definitely in a tough spot and you did what you could for her. **hugs**
 

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Yeah. I was hoping not to post that update today either but she was just so sick.
We made her comfortable last night. We took her to the e-vet and they gave her nausea medication so she felt better through the night but when we got to our vet the news wasn't as we'd hoped.
 
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