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From: mellowcalico (209.183.237.195)
Subject:         12-year-old dog won't stop vomiting
Date: September 4, 2012 at 1:18 pm PST

Hi there. I used to post here a lot back when I fist got my two dogs... but I've since faded away. But I am back because I need help. Both of my dogs are 12 going on 13 years-old and lately one of them is pretty sick and I am at my wits end.

The dog is Corsair (for those here that know me). In the past few months she's started drinking a lot of water and then, more recently, she's been unable to hold down food. She's down about 8 pounds from last year to (60 to 52 pounds). She's lost one pound this week alone.

I took her to the vet a couple of times and a few blood and urine samples, an ultrasound, and about $1200 later... all I know for sure is her liver numbers are off the charts ... literally so high they can't get a number. And her kidneys aren't working like they should (her urine is very diluted). Her blood is so dark it looks black--like oil. She also has an enlarged lymph node, but no infection can be found. They said her liver and kidneys look okay on the ultrasound. They don't think it's renal failure.

The vet wants to do more tests--mainly a liver biopsy and a third blood test, but I literally have no money left to spend. Plus, all these tests are stressing out Corsair. I honestly think the poor dog has lymphoma or maybe liver cancer and there isn't much to be done even if we get a diagnosis (she's going about 12.5 years old). We ruled out infection and diabetes--which would have been treatable. What else is left other than fatal diseases? What's the point of stressing her out and making me spend money I don't have?

She seems "happy" as in she still enjoys life, cuddles up, etc--except this past week she can't eat anything other than boiled chicken and rice. She comes to me for comfort a lot lately (as an extra stray, she used to be more independent).

Thank goodness she can hold the chicken and rice down. But I have to think there is something else I can feed her... any suggestions? There can't be much nutrition in chicken and rice--but it's better than nothing.

So far, no dog food will stay down and she's now turning her nose up to all dog food as well as all people food that's not chicken and rice. I don't think she has much of an appetite because even when she eats what I give her (which isn't much--we are talking maybe a cup and a half of chicken and rice a day) she doesn't even eat it all. Someone told me they think they sell dog food that is for "intestinal health" that she might be able to hold down--but I have no idea what to get.

Thanks in advance from me (and Corsair).


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