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liver issues in elderly dog

DaniGirl is 13 and has been very healthy and vibrant. Last September, her blood pannel showed elevated liver enzymes. A sonogram was done and it showed large amounts of mucus in the liver. She was put on a liver supplement, vitamin B injections, isodural, and given two more sonograms over a few months. The liver greatly improved and she was to continue on the liver supplement and isodural for the rest of her life. Follow-up blood work would be repeated in June.

But a few weeks ago Dani began vomitting--once, then again, over a week, then daily.

We took her in last Wednesday. Our regular vet left, another vet saw her and did blood work, lots of it, and a stool sample check since her stool began having mucus. Her liver was still elevated, although lower than before.

The exam had her flinch when her stomach area was probed. They said she had a pancreatitis, gave us two antiobiotics for her, a shot to keep her from vomitting & RX food. They wanted to keep her in for a couple of days with IV but it was too expensive for us.

She did very well with the medications. She didn't vomit and ate and was running again.

Until today, Monday. She trembled after her morning meal. Three hours later, she threw up everything.

I'm not sure what to do. And when do we know we've done everything possible for her to turn the corner? Having a living will for myself, I certainly don't want our precious one to continue in pain and discomfort so we can avoid the guilt and pain of putting her to sleep. Thanks.
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I'm so sorry to hear you are going through this with your poor little girl. Of course we aren't there or hearing from the vets. But I KNOW you are loving, responsible owners and will do the right thing for your little girl. It is never easy, but I know you will make the right decision at the right time.


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This is such a difficult decision to have to face but one that many pet owners must at some point. I have been faced with this decision many times through the years as I have been fortunate enough to have many wonderful pets share my life. The decision is never easy but you know your sweet pet as no one else possibly can. You are the only person perhaps with input from your veterinarian that can decide when your beloved pet has given enough and has at last reached the time for a final goodbye. Trust yourself to know when the time has come. There is no place for guilt in this decision because you will do what you feel is best for your sweet pet.


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I am so sorry for what you and your dog are going through. I had a similar situation in January 2013 with my 14 1/2 yr old Bichon, although with her it was kidney disease. We had to keep bringing her to the vet for subcutaneous fluids because I couldn't bring myself to poke her with a needle and do it at home. As the days went on her trembling and vomiting increased. She wasn't acting like she was happy anymore and i knew it was time. I looked into her eyes and had a heart to heart talk and I knew what I had to do. Bringing her to the vet for that last time and holding her as she passed was the hardest thing I have ever done. As hard as it was for me, I did know that she was at peace. You know you dog best and you will know when it is time. You are all in my prayers during this difficult time.

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No advice to offer. Wishing you and Danigirl the best. You'll be in our thoughts.

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I'm sitting here in tears because I know what you're going through. We had to put our 13 year old Pug to sleep in October and I agonized over the same things you're asking yourself right now. We had a few more weeks with him after he was diagnosed with cancer. He acted differently when he got sick but he didn't seem to be in pain. The day he started coughing and gagged every time he stood up I knew it was time. As hard as it is to make the decision, it's the humane thing to do. I got through it by telling myself and my son that it was selfish on our part to let him keep living if we knew he was in pain. I think that's what allowed me to make the decision. My heart goes out to you and your family...it's so hard giving them up.
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Your kind words have been a big help to me. Sometimes it's hard to believe Dani is sick except for sleeping lots more and needing lots of medication. She's getting prilosec in the morning and so far, that's settled her stomach allowing her to keep food down. She still jumps like a dancer when it's feeding time. As long as she isn't trembling in pain or refusing food, she's doing well. Thanks again and I'll keep you posted on her journey.
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Please keep us posted, Nancy.


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I am so sorry for what you and your dog are going through. I had a similar situation in January 2013 with my 14 1/2 yr old Bichon, although with her it was kidney disease. We had to keep bringing her to the vet for subcutaneous fluids because I couldn't bring myself to poke her with a needle and do it at home. As the days went on her trembling and vomiting increased. She wasn't acting like she was happy anymore and i knew it was time. I looked into her eyes and had a heart to heart talk and I knew what I had to do. Bringing her to the vet for that last time and holding her as she passed was the hardest thing I have ever done. As hard as it was for me, I did know that she was at peace. You know you dog best and you will know when it is time. You are all in my prayers during this difficult time.

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It's been strange with Dani because she's got an appetite and has been eating her morning meal without problem but the second feeding continues to be thrown up a few hours later. Since last summer when she was diagnosed with elevated liver enzymes, a "big" meal will cause her to shake and whimper. That's why she gets the small meals throughout the day. I have tried kibble, different types of canned (wellness) and boiled chicken but nothing helps.

And she has had a cough for a few years. The vet found infected tonsils and that was treated but the cough came back. I thought allergies but it's year round. Now I'm wondering if it's all connected.

Keeping her food down seems to be our biggest challenge right now.
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Poor Dani! I hope you can figure this out soon. Our thoughts are with you both.


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