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I have an 8 year old boxer who started vomiting about a month ago. First it was every now and then and then it became every time she ate then even every time she drank. We took her to the vet, she was diagnosed with hook worms and gastritus. She was given worm meds and antibiotics for the gastritus. She went through one round of worm meds, finished her antibiotics... that was literally all she kept down for that week. We took her to the vet for testing 5 days later, she was down 20 pounds from the beginning. They did an xray of her abdomen to check for a blockage and the vet vaugly saw a "mass" around her stomach. He was unable to really tell what he was seeing and suggested we go see a specialist as soon as possible, he fear cancer. So we loaded up that afternoon and drove 2 hours south to the emergency vet school at the college. Long story short, they ran more tests (another xray of her abdomen, xray of her chest and esophagus, and a ultrasound of her abdomen.) They found nothing wrong other than mild lower intestine swelling. They didn't have an answer as to WHY there was swelling, but offered to keep her over night, give her fluids and send her to a gi specialist the next morning. The first tests done were so expensive we couldn't afford to leave her over night. She wasnt dehydrated, even after weeks of keeping what seemed like nothing down, so they offered to treat the symptoms and see if we could get her to keep things down at home. She was sent home with anti nausea meds, enough for 2 weeks and suggested we start her on prilosec daily. Here we are, a week later. She has kept water down, but has refused to eat most of the time. In the last week, she has eaten a pork chop and a couple pieces of sliced turkey successfully. Turned her nose up to anything and everything else we have offered (and we have literally tried everything deemed "mild" the Google has to offer, plus not mild options. Tonight, we smashed the special wet food the vet sent us home with into some water and offered it to her in a syringe. She accepted it and actually finished what was in the bowl (which in total was maybe 3 tbs) on her own, then threw it up a couple hoirs later. I'm so frustrated. I don't know what else to do for our pup. We can't afford another trip to the specialists. She obviously can't live off of water alone. She refuses any broth, chicken, beef, now pork... dog food, human food. I'm glad she's able to keep water down but something has got to give. What haven't we tried ? Any and all advice is surely appriciated! TIA
 

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Are you giving the Prilosec every day? It took us about 5 days before we saw results when we dealing with an ulcer. Gastritis can be really painful, and they can also get esophagitis, and reflux. Years ago the vet prescribed a drug called Sulcrafate which we gave a couple times a day to coat the stomach, along with Pepcid. I'd offer food every few hours, and take it away if he wouldn't eat. What worked was boiled, skinned, potato mashed up with some water and chicken broth. I'd also put some boiled pasta in a bowl. When I could get him to eat a little more, I started adding the canned id, or Royal Canin gastro food along with the potato. It took awhile, but he'd start eating again. He was diagnosed by endoscopy, and the radiologist taking biopsy samples of his stomach and intestines. The endoscopy allowed them to be able to see the ulcerations, and inflammation.

I hope this gives you some ideas. Did they do a Spec-cPL to rule out pancreatitis?
 

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She's been on prilosec everyday for almost a week and a half. She refuses any and all food. She will literally sniff it and then look down like she's trying to hold back vomiting. I'm not sure if that particular test was run or not, I know she was checked from her mouth down through to her intestines with xrays and ultrasounds. She was on antibiotics for a week before seeing a specialist, I figured (and i could just be naive here) that would kick out any possible infections hanging around. I did read up on pancreatitis but with the frequency of her not eat, would that not have healed itself some too? I appreciate the input and it's advice I'll be looking into more. I called our vet this morning because she woke up with diarrhea, which concerned me becuase while the stool has been loose all this time, it's not been so watery. And she just looks very down today. Im waiting for to hear back from him.
 

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Did you have a board-certified radiologist do the ultrasound and read the x-rays? Our last Boxer was a mystery because of all his medical conditions. He had quite a few ultrasounds, but they couldn't really get an accurate picture because his chronic pancreatitis caused so many gas pockets. They didn't think it was pancreatitis at first because he didn't show typical symptoms. It didn't get better until we got an ultra low-fat diet going. We finally had x-rays, and ultrasounds done with a board-certified radiologist, and they actually found some stuff. Maybe your Internist ordered these tests, and had someone with lots of experience do it.

Did the anti-nausea medication help at all, and are you still giving it? She may not be showing signs of pain during an exam, but did they think she might need pain medication? She might be really restless, and have some heavy panting if pain could be an issue. We knew we had some pain with the pancreatitis so our vet prescribed Tramadol when needed. These are just some ideas to talk to your vet about.

I think the mashed potato mush didn't have any smell to it, and maybe that was the reason our dog would start to eat a little. I'd used canned vegetable broth with it, and there was no smell of any type of protein. You might ask the vet about the Sulcrafate, but I don't know if they prescribe that much. Poor girl.
 
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