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Really? Sorry just a dog vent *long*

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  • Really? Sorry just a dog vent *long*

    Some of you might remember a bit back I posted about my dog being sick and trying to get a diagnosis (for your reference ) http://www.chronofhorse.com/forum/sh...d.php?t=309760

    We thought that we had found out what was wrong with him and he seemed to get improving with the treatment.

    Then we notice weight and muscle loss, not gain and then a bloated belly that continued to get bigger, out vet was out of town and we kept her office up to date and when she got back in to town we made an appointment and he went in today...

    Let me just say I feel that my poor sweet dog does not deserve this, we think that he has cancer or a tumor or a serious issue with his liver b/c of the fluid collection in his belly, my poor vet was shocked when she saw him.

    I feel bad that I can't afford the ultrasound, the sx that would follow that and besides the point since he is on steroids the recorvery would take longer and the prognoisi is NOT good. Also when my parents removed a tumor from their dog the cancer tumor came back worse and fast and they had to put her down within a month.

    Instead we opted for fluid draining and he will get a lower dose of steroids and a diruretic(sp?) to be comfy but he will be put down once the fluid starts to collect again, its not fair to him.

    On a frustrating point for me and the vet, other than the obvious he looks good, his heart is good his lungs don't sound filled with fluid and his gums and eyes are good, but he is a bit labored in breathing but sheesh with all that fluid pushing against his diaphram ofcourse he does.

    Sorry for the book, just felt the need to talk and vent, already called my mom and talked to her and the poor people and my office have heard it and so has my husband....Sigh

  • #2
    Sorry you're going through this. Don't feel bad that you can't spend $$ on him. Just because you can do something doesn't mean that you should. It sounds like the prognosis is poor regardless. Dogs don't understand that the painful procedures they are undergoing mean they get more time with us. They live much more in the now. They only understand that they are loved and cared for. You are doing your best by keeping him comfortable and loving him. Hugs to you in this difficult time.


    • #3
      I can go thru a whole list of things it could be, diagnostics to do, etc. But in the end is all the same, and it sucks.
      He tolerates having his abdomen drained on a somewhat infrequent basis and it keeps him comfortable and HAPPY for a while, then go for it. If you have to do it "frequently" (YOU define frequently) or he is just not happy despite it, it is time to let him go home.

      I am really sorry about your puppy. Enjoy your time with him and spoil the heck out him in the meantime. Life is about quality, not quantity.


      • #4
        We 'tapped' my Pinchy one time. That afternoon and evening she felt SO much better. But the next morning she wouldn't get up and when I went to pick her up she was drenched in fluid. She had never closed up and was leaking. We had her PTS later that afternoon.

        My Siren had unexplained hepatitus that caused her liver to swell and retain fluid that could not be tapped. She went from looking perfect to looking ready to whelp in two short weeks. Her personality never changed. But when her liver burst and the fluid spread to bubbles all over her body we rushed to the vet before the pain could start.

        My deepest sympathies to you at this difficult time.
        ~Kryswyn~ Always look on the bright side of life, de doo, de doo de doo de doo
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        "Life is merrier with a terrier!"


        • Original Poster

          Thank you all

          they took 2L out Friday afternoon and so far you can tell he has been feeling much better and he is more active, time will tell how long it will last, he had some drops leaking but that has stopped

          we went out for errends this afternoon and when we came back he had had an accident, poor boy looked so embarrassed, he has not had an accident since he was housebroke

          oh yeah, last night he got his own McDonalds hamburger and he has been getting extra wet food with his meds as a treat, he will def. be getting spoiled, also he will be coming back to work with us and the office is looking foward to seeing him again, they all like him