Advice needed – Should I do an ultrasound?

posted 2 years ago in Pets
Post # 2
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Aww, I’m sorry. This sounds like a tough situation.

Our family dog was diagnosed with stomach cancer about 7 or 8 years ago. The vet said he had a couple months to live. My mom, being the pet spoiler she is, tried to make his last days pleasant by cooking rice in chicken broth for him to tempt him to eat. I guess rice and broth gave him something to live for because he’s still alive today, and ANCIENT at 19 years old. The vet was baffled, as my mom had paid for ultrasounds.

I’m not saying that even if your dog has cancer, rice and broth will cure him. However, you might try putting your dog on a mild, easy-to-digest diet and seeing if that helps. You might also start keeping a log of what he eats/does and when, to see if a certain food is causing his stomach problems.

Post # 4
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Busy bee

Is it pancreatitis? My maltese x has this and eating even the tiniest bit of something fatty can make her violently ill. Apparently it just gets worse and worse too. Had I known I would have changed her diet a long time ago but only after changing vets did I find this was her problem. Also various wet dog food can have nasties which may make them sick or maybe the one you use has recently changed recipes slightly? If it was me, I’d try changing their diet to something simple like rice and chicken breast and dry food and hope it settles. if not I’d definitely get the ultrasound. Good luck, I hope your dog starts feeling better soon!

Post # 6
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Busy bee

To start with it was just vomiting for seemingly no reason every couple of months probably. Then it got more severe/frequent. At one point she had vomiting for a day and a half, couldn’t keep any food down and this happened the day after she had some bacon table scraps.  Feel so terrible about giving hand outs now. The vet said that she can no longer cope with fatty/greasy food or too much meat and each subsequent pancreatic ‘attack’ will become more severe. Even beef dog food is too much for her stomach to handle. If your dog is a rescue the damage may have started before he was in your care. Fortunately it is manageable with diet changes so I hope that’s all it is. 

Post # 7
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Busy bee

Rappig:  My dog is my child, so I’d get the ultrasound without question. It’s best to know for sure. 

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

As a vet tech I see this a lot. There’s no shame in not being able to afford every single test and treatment. its so expensive, and you have to take into account the fact that their lives are so short. Sometimes you will be paying off the bills long after your pet has passed away, even if they make a full recovery and live many more years. People always say their pet is their baby, but it’s not irresponsible to consider the real cost of things.

 

what I’d ask the vet is this, “would the ultrasound results change the treatment?” I work with horses but it’s the same concept. We could do ten more tests to tell an owner what kind of colic their horse is experiencing, but we do the same course of treatment no matter what. If you would do chemo or surgery if the results are positive, then you should do the test. If the vet would manage the vomiting with diet and medication no matter what, I’d save yourself the money. I’d only do it if it would change your course of action. 

Post # 10
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Newbee

Rappig:  Have you considered starting a GofundMe or something like that? Lots of people are huge suckers for sick puppies and could help you cover your baby’s bills. If you do, please post the link here (not sure if that’s allowed though…?) or PM me the link. 

Post # 11
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Busy bee

ophio:  +1, agreed. I will happily donate to an animal cause. I’d need proof that was where the money was actually being directed though!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

There is a snap test they can do for pancreatitis. My dog had it three months ago and the clinic did an ultrasound which showed she had it but I didn’t realize until after (when I asked our vet at work) that it wasn’t really necessary at that point. She told me about the $30 snap test. That would have been a much easier on my pocketbook than the $300 ultrasound. 

That being said rapid weight loss is always concerning. I would say kidney issues but if his blood panel is normal it’s someting else. The ultrasound would be a good idea if he doesn’t have any of the symptoms of pancreatitis or gastro issues.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

We just lost a pet to cancer. He ate all his food, pooped normally, etc, but he lost a bunch of weight anyways. He didn’t vomit tho, so the symptoms other than the weightloss sound different. I wish the best of luck to you guys, and I hope it turns out to be something fixable. My pets are my babies, so I understand what you are going thru. 

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