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Wed Mar 18, 2020, 11:22 AM

Update: My dog has a mass in his intestine.

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A little while ago I posted about my dog having a tonsil removed as part of a workup on his esophagus. During that workup the tonsil was found not to be cancerous. However, he was diagnosed with pancreatitis and anemia. During the week after diagnosis, he had a vestibular disturbance, which I think was triggered by his pain meds. He's been on a low fat diet and doesn't always feel like eating.

Yesterday he had an abdominal ultrasound. It showed a mass in his proximal duodenum, which is near the pancreas. So this may not be a true pancreatitis, but rather the pancreas is reacting to the mass.

He's scheduled for surgery next monday. I'm worried, of course. The vets at my clinic have been awesome, and I am so glad they are still working.

After Monday, at least I will know what's going on with him.

Monday: I took him to the vet this morning, and they called me about 2 hours later. He reacted to the anesthesia by spiking a temperature so they could not do the operation. They need to find a place where he can get the surgery with an anesthesiologist present.

He's not eating, and without surgery I fear he will starve to death.

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Reply Update: My dog has a mass in his intestine. (Original post)
milestogo Mar 18 OP
Polly Hennessey Mar 18 #1
milestogo Mar 18 #13
livetohike Mar 18 #2
milestogo Mar 18 #14
mahina Mar 18 #3
milestogo Mar 18 #15
emmaverybo Mar 18 #4
milestogo Mar 18 #16
MontanaMama Mar 18 #5
milestogo Mar 18 #6
MontanaMama Mar 18 #8
milestogo Mar 18 #9
Bayard Mar 18 #17
milestogo Mar 18 #19
irisblue Mar 18 #21
MelissaB Mar 18 #7
milestogo Mar 18 #11
MLAA Mar 18 #10
milestogo Mar 18 #12
Sanity Claws Mar 18 #18
milestogo Mar 18 #20
shenmue Mar 19 #22
milestogo Monday #23

Response to milestogo (Original post)

Wed Mar 18, 2020, 11:39 AM

1. Hoping all goes well.

You are a wonderful pet parent.

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Response to Polly Hennessey (Reply #1)

Wed Mar 18, 2020, 12:36 PM

13. ...

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Wed Mar 18, 2020, 11:47 AM

2. Holding positive thoughts that the surgery will yield

relief and good news. So glad you have a good clinic .

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Response to livetohike (Reply #2)

Wed Mar 18, 2020, 12:36 PM

14. Thanks.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Wed Mar 18, 2020, 11:48 AM

3. Best luck

Good dog

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Response to mahina (Reply #3)

Wed Mar 18, 2020, 12:37 PM

15. Thanks.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Wed Mar 18, 2020, 11:48 AM

4. Wishing you and doggie the best outcome. Hard to be a diligent parent right now, but you are!

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Response to emmaverybo (Reply #4)

Wed Mar 18, 2020, 12:38 PM

16. Actually, its a little easier.

I am working from home, so its much easier to take care of him. I won't have to take the day off for surgery.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Wed Mar 18, 2020, 11:52 AM

5. We went through something similar all last year

with my 12 year old border collie, Tag. Starting in December of Ď18...I thought he was having a stroke. He was drooling and wobbly. When I lifted him into the car, it was clear he was quite painful too.

I took him in to the vet and through blood work and an ultrasound, we found he had pancreatitis. He had none of the risk factors. He was very active, isnít given anything to eat other than dog food...he wasnít overweight. They gave Tag fluids, IV antibiotics and pain meds. It took a couple days and he was back to normal. Then, two weeks later, he went down again. An second ultrasound found a mass near his pancreas. The vet did surgery right away. I was told that messing around with the pancreas is something that vets prefer to avoid...when a pancreas is angry, all hell can break loose. Anyway, they sent the mass off to the pathologist and the results came back as an infection but no cancer, thankfully. Treatment going forward was a prescription ultra low fat dog food. The food is very expensive but whatíre you going to do?

We had several bouts of pancreatitis over the next 6 months, all requiring a few days of hospitalization every time Tag went down. Last a July when they found a second mass near his pancreas. We did another surgery to remove a mysterious mass that pathologists agreed was not cancerous. The conclusion was that the mass had formed an adhesion to the pancreas that irritated it. Tag has been pancreatitis free since then. Still on the special dog food that costs a mint...but I donít care as long as heís happy and healthy. Heís 13 now.

Sorry for the long post, but wanted to tell you our story in case it might be helpful to you. The pancreas is a mystery and oh so sensitive. Iíll be thinking about you and wishing you well.

🐶

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #5)

Wed Mar 18, 2020, 12:00 PM

6. Thank you, that helps.

My dog is almost 12. He really hasn't been that sick. The reason I took him in was because his bark had changed. I mentioned that he had vomited - and that's why my vet did the bloodwork. I'm hoping that means we caught the pancreatitis early - he's never been hosptalized or needed an IV.

My dog is pretty active and was not overweight either. But its not a bad idea to lower the fat intake as they get older. He decided he didn't like the expensive prescription dog food after a week.

Now I'm cooking for him and adding supplements. He just ate chicken and mashed potatoes. Its a good thing I'm working from home now.

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Response to milestogo (Reply #6)

Wed Mar 18, 2020, 12:06 PM

8. I am curious about the supplements

youíre giving to him? Tag didnít like his prescription dog food at first...it was the dry version (Royal Canin Gastrointestinal Formula) but I ordered the canned food and we mix it up and now he eats it happily. We have old doggie stuff happening now. Heís sore when he gets up and I limit his frisbee time as a result. We started rimadyl for that. Are your supplements for nutrition?

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #8)

Wed Mar 18, 2020, 12:12 PM

9. When I asked my vet about how to cook for him they referred me to BalanceIT

https://secure.balanceit.com/recipegenerator_ver4/index.php?rotator=EZ

They give recipes for cooking for your dog or cat and sell a supplement to make sure they get their full nutritional requirements met. You need a prescription from your vet to use the sick dog recipes or order the supplement.

I expect it will take a few tries for me to get a combination of carbs and protein that he likes. He's not a vegetable eater. So this is a work in progress. I tried chicken and rice with celery and carrots first, and he managed not to eat the celery and carrots.

The supplement is expensive, but I think that cooking for him will cost less than buying the prescription dog food.

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Response to milestogo (Reply #9)

Wed Mar 18, 2020, 12:51 PM

17. I've been cooking for my dogs for a long time

I think the recommended proportions are still 60/40 for protein. Ours get eggs from our chickens for breakfast, scrambled, sometimes with a little ham or cheese. Easy in the microwave. Mostly boiled chicken for dinner, sometimes chicken livers/gizzards, with either pasta or brown rice, and veges (take awhile to get used to, but now they eat them just fine). They also get a multi-vitamin to cover all bases. Cheaper than commercial food (even feeding 3 Great Pyrenees), which I don't trust anymore anyway.

I don't understand why you should have to get a prescription for supplements or recipes, when they're readily available online.

I hope your guy does well.

One of our pupsters is having knee surgery as we speak. Waiting to hear how he's doing.

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Response to Bayard (Reply #17)

Wed Mar 18, 2020, 12:59 PM

19. I don't understand why you need a prescription for low fat dog food.

If your dog is fat you don't usually need a vet to diagnose it.

I hope yours does well with the knee surgery. Years ago I had a dog with torn ACLs on both hind legs. Had them repaired one at a time, 3 months apart.

What we do for love.

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Response to milestogo (Reply #9)

Wed Mar 18, 2020, 01:35 PM

21. When I was doing raw food & home cooking, I mashed the meat/protein in a food processor

I did lightly steam the more firm veggies-squashes for example, so I could mash them better.

There is a lot of online good & bad info, check it out with your vet.


Hopes for your dog.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Wed Mar 18, 2020, 12:04 PM

7. I'm so sorry. I hope the surgery goes well.

Sending positive thoughts to you both.

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Response to MelissaB (Reply #7)

Wed Mar 18, 2020, 12:35 PM

11. Thank you.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Wed Mar 18, 2020, 12:15 PM

10. Sending good vibes! 😍🐶

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Response to MLAA (Reply #10)

Wed Mar 18, 2020, 12:35 PM

12. Thank you.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Wed Mar 18, 2020, 12:56 PM

18. Wishing you the best


I had to euthanize a cat because he had a mass in his colon. He was old, 15, and had other medical issues. Euthanasia was the best solution.
So glad to hear that surgery is possible for your baby.

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Response to Sanity Claws (Reply #18)

Wed Mar 18, 2020, 01:04 PM

20. ...

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Thu Mar 19, 2020, 12:35 AM

22. arf

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Mon Mar 23, 2020, 11:28 AM

23. When the put him under anesthesia, he spiked a fever so they couldn't do the surgery.

Now I'm scared he won't get the surgery and he's going to die.

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