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Hello friends!!
It has been a minute since my last post. I am looking for some help or maybe anyone with a similar experience.
Lola is about to be 9 years old in a month. This past Saturday she puked up her food and also vomited blood about 7 times. We took her to the ER, they put her on IV fluids etc etc. Blood work came back with elevated liver enzymes. One which they suspected was from her recent history of taking prednisone the ALKP enzyme they had no answer as to why it was so elevated. She has been unable to keep food down so hasn't eaten much since Saturday. She regurgitates water still as well despite being on heavy duty anti nausea meds. They diagnosed her with pancreatitis but the liver enzyme is still unexplained. She just had an ultrasound that came back clear of any abnormalities.
We are now at the point of possibly doing a fine needle aspiration of Liver to look for infection or any cancerous tissues. With the blood work and ultrasound not yielding any additional data, our vet cant explain why she is not getting any better.


Has anyone had any experience with this or something similar? We are approaching the 5k mark in terms of vet bills not that I wouldn't give an arm and a leg for my lola, but I don't want to throw money around and not get any answers. Just to summarize:


Vomiting Blood- no more blood since early Sunday morning
Not eating
Vomiting food/water that is given to her
xray and ultrasounds have come back basically normal- no masses etc
Liver enzyme Alkp very high
Liver enzyme ALP high but suspected because of recent course of prednisone
She did not ingest anything toxin or otherwise




I am at a loss, I ve told the vet if these last xrays come back clean I would like them to try and feed her again and give water via mouth to see if she can keep it down. I want to take her home, I am wondering if staying at the vets office is reasoning behind her not eating.


Any insight would be greatly appreciated, thanks guys!!
 

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I really have no experience on this. Sorry you are having this issue. Hope someone else has some ideas. I do think being t the vet office may contribute to her not eating. Perhaps if they allow you some time with her during meal time may help.
 

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Hi Luckylola, I am so sorry this is happening to your girl, I know so well how painful it is to watch your dog so sick and not being able to do a whole lot. I lost my previous female boxer to DCM but well before that she had some bad bouts with pancreatitis. It is a very painful condition to be sure and my dog never threw up blood but she was passing a lot of blood in her stool. She did have elevated liver enzymes but I was told that was from vomiting so much. I ended up getting an intestinal ultrasound as well as they searched for a cause I was given the she is a boxer lecture too so it MUST be cancer. Non of these things were true she did end up having a food allergy thru my own investigations and trials she was allergic to sweet potatoes in her food. She had two bad bouts of pancreatitis before I figured out what was going on but the next step was being on prescription food for the rest of her life which I was fine with I just wanted her well. I'm not saying that's what's wrong with your girl but I had a similar thing are there any specialist in your area in internal medicine? Sometimes its cheaper to go right to a specialist. I had over 10,000 dollars in my girl so I know the bills can be staggering but I kept telling myself if the roles were reversed she'd do it for me. One thing though when I could not get her to eat I got some baby food (some chicken) in the jar and warmed it slightly and she did start to eat so maybe if they would let you try that? I gave her some of that and the beef kind for a bit till I could get her eating again. I hope they find out what could be wrong with her but if she is not eating and drinking and keeping things down she will dehydrate if you take her home. My dog passed blood for about a week after being discharged. It sounds like you love this dog dearly so I pray for you that she gets better.
 

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Also Luckylola, When I did see a specialist they wanted to do some kind of thing where they went up in her intestines kinda like a colonoscopy and take samples of her intestinal wall I declined that procedure you just have to go with your instincts about your dog after all you know her much better than anyone else!
 

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Also Luckylola, When I did see a specialist they wanted to do some kind of thing where they went up in her intestines kinda like a colonoscopy and take samples of her intestinal wall I declined that procedure you just have to go with your instincts about your dog after all you know her much better than anyone else!
Her ultrasound came back negative. She did eat some plain chicken at the vets office. All good things. Going to opt out of the biopsy. At this point as long as she keeps her food down we are heading in right direction. I may never know what caused all of this but thats ok as long as she gets better. She will be staying the night for now.
 

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Did your vet ever offer that you supplement her with Sam-E. When my chihuahua tested for low liver enzymes I was going to supplement his diet with this. I bought a bottle on Amazon then was afraid to use it, lol. So it sits.
 

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I am SO glad she is doing better. Pancreatitis can really knock the stuffing out of them. Like I said I have been thru that and two other serious illnesses with the same dog. I loved her so much. That's where it gets you because its hard to be caught between the Vet bills and wondering how you are going to pay off your credit cards and saving the dog you love. That's the dilemma I have found myself in a lot. I wish you two the best and I hope you find a diet that will help her maybe just bland foods or a prescription food I know from experience this can happen again!
 

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How is Lola doing now? I was just thinking about her has she gotten home and is she still on the mend?
She is doing much better. They cant confirm if she did or didnt have pancreatitis, have concluded some sort of virus or infection. She was recently boarded,though she was up to date on her vaccines. Oh well, she is getting better thats all we can ask for!
 

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Glad to hear it! I have been in that position too many times where they can't figure out what is wrong and test after test is done all the while the bills keep adding up its very hard because we always want to do what is right for our dogs and if you are like me you are not made of money. Plus I am not sure all those tests are necessary either plus they may be painful for the dog. I am so glad though she is home and better! I did read about some kind of "dog flu" that was going around that involved a lot of vomiting. Glad she is home though she will do a lot better there as she recovers.
 

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The main thing is that your dog does not suffer. I understand all your feelings, but you should think about the feelings of your dog. My dog died one year ago of liver failure. My dog was young, he was only 3 years old, and I was very attached to him. When he began to show the first symptoms, I did not immediately pay attention, as my dog often whined. When he began to whine more from the pain, then I went to the vet, but it was too late. The vet said that if we had asked for help earlier, he would have been able to help, but now there is only one option. I read about should euthanize your dog with liver failure and not to torment my dog, I decided to euthanize him. This incident taught me to be more attentive.
 

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The main thing is that your dog does not suffer. I understand all your feelings, but you should think about the feelings of your dog. My dog died one year ago of liver failure. My dog was young, he was only 3 years old, and I was very attached to him. When he began to show the first symptoms, I did not immediately pay attention, as my dog often whined. When he began to whine more from the pain, then I went to the vet, but it was too late. The vet said that if we had asked for help earlier, he would have been able to help, but now there is only one option. I read about should euthanize your dog with liver failure and not to torment my dog, I decided to euthanize him. This incident taught me to be more attentive.
I had an almost similar situation but it had ended not as well as yours
 
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