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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.