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Hello Everyone. I joined the forum to try and do research and hopefully help my 10yr old boy. However, I'm still not sure what to do and I'm very torn about deciding if it's just his time. Any thoughts are welcome.

A month ago Murphy swallowed part of a Nyla bone (I know they are terrible, I wanted something soft. It was for our puppy mini Goldendoodle to occupy him while I clipped his nails. Murphy some how got it in a 1 minute span I turned away.)

He threw it up right away. But proceeded to continue to throw up for a good two hours straight. I took him to the vet, they did blood work and xrays and determined there was no blockage but that things were obviously inflamed and swollen. We went home with antibiotics, pro-biotics. He seemed okay. I was feeding him very little kibble, mostly rice and squishy foods for a few days. While I was out My SO that never feeds the dogs went and gave him a full bowl of dry kibble. Which he quickly threw back up, very mucus and blood filled. After this, he pretty much held zero food down in any amounts. I've given him 1/8th cup of bone broth, tiny bits of rice, wet pate' style dog food, sweet potatoes, goats milk, etc. We've been to the vet a half dozen times for more blood work, tests, ultrasounds, etc. Everything has come back normal (just that his intestines and stomach are swollen.) We've been given multiple types of anti-nausea medication, meds to prevent him from throwing up, etc. Nothing has worked. After the ultrasound the dr said she thinks he may have Inflamed Bowel Disease and suggested a hydrolyzed protein diet, steroids OR doing a Biopsy. However, he cant even keep down mashed sweet potatoes, or 1/8th cup of broth.. So I haven't even attempted kibble. I opted to go with steroids because the idea of an invasive biopsy that he needs to be put under for just seemed scary to me.. And in this ALL started from a nyla bone.. He has never had any issues before this. not one.

He has been on the steroids for over a week now, and he is still throwing up nearly every time he eats no matter how little I give him. I got a second opinion last night from an Emergency Pet hospital. After doing blood work, xrays, etc. They also suggested going to an internal medicine specialist to do a biopsy... But she thinks it may be more with his esophagus versus his intestines/stomach.

I'm lost as to what to do. I guess I'm looking for some insight if anyone has had any similar experiences. If any of you have gone the route of an intestinal biopsy, how terrible was it for the pup? He is so frail. He has gone from nearly 60lbs to maybe 40 in the past month. He still seems to have some energy, WANTS to eat. If they do a biopsy and its cancer, It seems selfish of me to try and keep him with chemo (not to mention the expense and frankly in his state he may not even make it through..) I guess I just don't know what ELSE it could be if its not cancer.. if it was IBD the steroids should be working at this point, right?

I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around all this. He went from being so healthy, running around, playing with our puppy, woo-wooing, playing fetch to this frail skinny boy and no real answers from drs.. in a month..
 

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Just wondering if his intestines and stomach hurt when he tries to eat triggering him to think as soon as he eats he needs to throw up? Like a conditioning type thing like a drool happens when they are going to eat. Maybe try feeding very small amounts several times a day in a quiet room with no puppy no distractions let him eat sit with him a bit in your lap pet him encourage him to lay down be quiet after eating. It seems weird if this is cancer to happen right after the swallowing the bone. I have always used Nyla bones for my dogs have never ever had one swallowed so not sure how that happened.
 

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I think I would ask the vet for a prescription for some science diet I/D digestive care (low fat). And feed him only small amounts of it at a time to see what he can hold down. (canned only) Likely his esophagus may still be inflamed. Perhaps a anti inflammatory and anti nausea, additionally if your vet is on board. For me I would treat palliatively since he is 10 years old and likely I would not put him thru biopsy or possible chemo. I'd put him alone without distraction and keep him in a quiet area away from the puppy. Wishing you and your pup the best.
 

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Just wondering if his intestines and stomach hurt when he tries to eat triggering him to think as soon as he eats he needs to throw up? Like a conditioning type thing like a drool happens when they are going to eat. Maybe try feeding very small amounts several times a day in a quiet room with no puppy no distractions let him eat sit with him a bit in your lap pet him encourage him to lay down be quiet after eating. It seems weird if this is cancer to happen right after the swallowing the bone. I have always used Nyla bones for my dogs have never ever had one swallowed so not sure how that happened.
I was thinking that also.. That maybe he gets anxious and almost makes himself sick. The way he has been throwing up looks very different than normal though. The ER vet explained to me the difference between vomiting and regurgitating. It doesn't seem to come from his stomach. More so right around his chest area, making me think it IS the esophagus.

On a positive note, his "breakfast" (1oz bone broth, 2-3tbsp mashed up sweet potatoes) seems to be staying down. Last night was rough. He had maybe 1/8th cup of goats milk and a little bit of mashed up sweet potatoes and threw up for hours..

I will keep doing tiny bits of food at a time in hopes it sticks. I have a call in to my vet and an appointment set already with an internal specialists they are a month out though :( I'm hoping my vet can get me in to another one sooner.
 

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I think I would ask the vet for a prescription for some science diet I/D digestive care (low fat). And feed him only small amounts of it at a time to see what he can hold down. (canned only) Likely his esophagus may still be inflamed. Perhaps a anti inflammatory and anti nausea, additionally if your vet is on board. For me I would treat palliatively since he is 10 years old and likely I would not put him thru biopsy or possible chemo. I'd put him alone without distraction and keep him in a quiet area away from the puppy. Wishing you and your pup the best.
I think I will grab a few cans of this today. Anything that he can keep in him is good. He is on Anti nausea meds as well as a gastro-motility medication. Thankfully the ER dr refilled the gastro-motility med (it's the only thing that has seemed to work..) My vet said there are long term side affects and she wouldn't refill it.. But the ER dr said she has seen pets on it for long periods of time..
 

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We had endoscopic biopsies done a couple times. It was fairly simple to do, under anesthesia, and gave us the information we needed. The problem was eosinophilic/ lymphocytic enteritis. We needed to formulate a diet, and use prednisone temporarily.
 

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How is Murphy?
I’m just now returning to the forum and read about your plight. I’m so sorry.
Based on all you have reported, my instincts guide me to suggest they do an endoscopy and they will get a good look at not only his esophagus, but the valves at each end and they should look thru to his stomach.
Wishing you all the best. Please do update when possible.
Marianne in Florida
with Mister and JJ
 
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