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Judy Kuehn | 1 year ago
I Have An 9 Year Old Spayed Female Pit/terrier Mix With A History Of Liver…

I have an 9 year old spayed female pit/terrier mix with a history of liver disease. She has recently been getting hairless black spots showing up on her sides and legs, especially in the rear. Her biopsy came back as possibly ischemic dermatomyosits. The antibiotic that her vet put her on seems to have made no difference, and the fish oil and vit E are A) difficult to give her and B) she hasn’t been on them long enough to know if they are helping. She has no apparent muscle involvement. Would doing blood studies for autoimmune diseases help me get a better plan for treatment? What specialist would be best to manage her care? Any information or help in this problem would really be appreciated!

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Krista Magnifico
1 year ago

Hello,
I think that asking for a referral to a specialist is always a wonderful idea. The more help you can get to care for your pet the better your pets care options are. I am not sure if the spurs are related to the condition or not but if you are contemplating auto immune issues you should see an internal medicine or dermatologist. I hope this helps. Please keep us posted.

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Morgan Johnson | 2 years ago
My Cat Is 4 Years Old And Was Diagnosed With Fatty Liver Disease. She Spent…

My cat is 4 years old and was diagnosed with fatty liver disease. She spent 5 days in the hospital and was sent home where she’d be more comfortable. She is still not eating on her own so we are having to syringe feed. We have hills AD food and a 10mL syringe. I am wondering how much I should feed her per day so that she is getting the proper amount of calories.

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Shiria Seelenlicht
2 years ago

On the a/d food we have here there is a label that tells how much the cats need, depending on weight. (on the can I have here it says a 3/4 can for 2,5kg or 1 1/3 can for 5kg). While it is possible to feed them with syringe for more than a few days (at least if the cat accepts being fed like that) – it may be less stressful for her and you with a feeding tbe – just like Krista wrote.

Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

Hello,
I strongly recommend that you see a feline specialist and inquire about a feeding tube.

Krista Magnifico
2 years ago

In my opinion it is almost impossible to feed enough via a syringe for any longer than a few days.

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karan dhillon | 4 years ago
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i Am The Owner Of The Dog Whose Breed Is Called Doug In India…

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i am the owner of the dog whose breed is called doug in india he is 1 and half year old. he had not eating properly since 3 months and i think veru difficultly he drink water 1 time only and that is even when it is extreme summer..a vet Doctor told me that he has infection in liver. when his treatment started he has given 2 injections times and 2 glucose with mecovet amikacin and Mecobalamin Pyridoxine Hydrochloride And Nicotinamide all in one dose and told me that first he will become active in first week and start eating food after a week.it is the 5th day after second glucose and had not start eating even a little bit at all on its own.doctor told me that we got so much late in finding his disease and ultimately treatment please suggest me some treatment or anything so that he can start eating food

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Alyssa Najduch | 4 years ago
My 17-year-old Cat Has Had Liver Disease For The Past 5 Years And Has Been…

My 17-year-old cat has had liver disease for the past 5 years and has been taking Denamarin all of that time, about one month ago we took him off the Denamarin to see if he received the same health benefits.Today he got an upset stomach. I just want to be sure it is safe before giving him any.

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Dawn Ferara, DVM
4 years ago

Never give any cat Pepto!

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4 years ago

I think I would ask YOUR vet this question, as they know your cat’s specific set of symptoms and liver values.

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Michael Day | 5 years ago
Lost Our Lovely West Highland Terrier A Year Ago Now Have Two Westies Olly And…

Lost our lovely west highland terrier a year ago now have two westies Olly and dasy , have some time of work ,vet never told exactly what was wrong with him found out liver disease and tumour on liver , could I have done more ,

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Christina Alfano | 5 years ago
We Had Our Dog Spaid On Tuesday. When We Brought Her Home She Wasn’t Herself…

We had our dog spaid on Tuesday. When we brought her home she wasn’t herself. Wouldn’t eat and hardly active. 2 days went by and she seemed worse. We brought her back to banfield and they told us to bring her to the hospital. They told us she was dying from liver failure and she had cancer. We decided to put her to sleep because she seemed to be in pain. How does a healthy 5 year old dog go in to get fixed and comes out dying? No one could give us answers as to why her blood work was normal before the procedure and after everything was wrong. Banfield did admit to giving our dog a Lyme disease shot for no reason. Not sure if that had to do with something. Have you ever heard of a case like this? I just want answers.

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danish kaleem | 5 years ago
Diet Is Sunflower Seeds, Canary Seeds Etc With Green Vegetables. I Have Visited A…

Diet is sunflower seeds, canary seeds etc with green vegetables. i have visited a vet and he said liver disease as suggested antibiotics and detoxicating agent. But no recovery.

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Melinda Salmaone
4 years ago

I would try a different vet some vets are more knowledgeable about birds than others . second opinions are a pain but sometimes it’s worth it .you could try a different food and give vitamin drops in food for a boost. you can ask at petco/petsmart about food they may have some ideas . good luck

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Ada Landron | 5 years ago
I Have A 14 Year Chihuahua , His Name Is Napo Short For Napoleon. He…

I have a 14 year chihuahua , his name is Napo short for Napoleon. He started with a stiff neck, and first vet missed the diagnose, took him to my original vet who took X-ray and found herniated disc on his neck. Started laser therapy every day, an was only put on tamadrol, after a week he seem not be improving. So he is in prednisone, tamadrol, methocarbamol and gabapentin. Today is day two of taking all his meds. I also I’m keeping him now in a carrier crate and only out to take him out to pee and poop and eat. During day time he seems fine and sleeps all night long. But after midnight when he falls asleep with the neck sideways he women’s up crying of pain and with the stiff neck and that goes until 7 am and then from there on he sleeps fine.
He walks fine, just seems week, eats twice a day and I feed him with spoon or my hand. He is spoil by me. My dilemma is should I let him go through these three weeks of misery and no life quality when he is 14 years old, I feel like I am being selfish and letting him go through all this pain because I don’t want to let go. He has always have liver disease so Vet is concern about giving prednisone and all the new meds, he also takesMetronidazole, Ursodiol, Amoxicillin and Demarin. So that is a total of 8 medications. Poor thing is only 5 pounds.

I made appt with Vet Surgeon to consider the possibility of CT or Myelogram to rule out neoplasm the cause of the pain. I cannot afford MRI cost and he is too old to go through surgery, I read recovery is very difficult.

How do I know when it is time to let go???

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Kit Burke
4 years ago

If an animal’s quality of life is diminished so that you are thinking of him more than your own needs of for his love, it may be time to allow an easier way from his final days. It is so hard to do but I couldn’t stand to have mine with me if it were not having a happy existence.

Dawn Ferara, DVM
4 years ago

I agree with Krista!  

Matthew Kelcourse
4 years ago

Hello Ada. I agree with Dr M – give it a little time if we’re not suffering too much. Many of my patients with cervical disc disease recover in a relatively short period of time (usually a day, maybe a few) following conservative therapy of NSAIDs or steroids as well as pain relief and muscle relaxants. The reason to be hopeful is that there is more “room” in the cervical spinal canal to accommodate a bulging/ruptured disc than the rest of the spine – and as long as there are no neurologic deficits (wobbly gait, can’t walk, etc…), pain management and reducing… Read more »

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Guddi Mad | 5 years ago
Docter Said As Per Blood Report My Dog Suffering From Liver And Kidney Disease, Pls…

docter said as per blood report my dog suffering from liver and kidney disease, pls assist me

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Jana Rade | 5 years ago
Normally, Cookie Needs Minimum Of 3 Hours Of High Activity (running Through The Bush, Chasing…

Normally, Cookie needs minimum of 3 hours of high activity (running through the bush, chasing critters, playing …) daily, otherwise she climbs the walls (pretty much literally). Ortho suggesting a month or more of rest. I voice that it is impossible unless Cookie sedated. (Because the more energy she stores up the more she’s likely to go crazy regardless of environment, confinement and situation. As I mention, literally bouncing off the walls. Plus the frustration and feeling unhappy that would come with that I’m sure does not facilitate healing either.

So we discussed it and ortho prescribed the Trazodone as effective and safe. What is your experience with this products? Side effects? Interestingly I specifically asked about side effects and was told there were none. However, when one looks it up there are side effects listed. Of course, side effects such as sedation are desirable. Others, such as vomiting, diarrhea, agitation, hyperactivity, panting, shaking and restlessness are NOT.

Ortho vet also said drug doesn’t not affect either kidneys or liver but infor says should be used with caution if liver, kidney or heart disease present. Cookie does not have those but if it doesn’t affect those organs, why the precaution?

I am not a fan of drugs but I feel that in order for Cookie to be able to undergo the period of restricted activity some chemical management to help her feel more aloof is necessary. Thoughts?

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Lindsey Knouse
4 years ago

Hi, I definitely understand your worry. I have personal experience with trazodone and it’s actually been extremely positive. I worked with a board certified veterinary surgeon who used it on pretty much all of his patients post-op if he was worried about activity level. For my dog, I’ve used it for anxiety in the car (as recommended by a board certified veterinary behaviorist). In my opinion it’s a lot better than other sedatives post-op because it really is fairly safe and also reduces anxiety (a lot better than something like Acepromazine). One of the main things you will read about… Read more »