|Juneau (2/23/99 - 11/5/2009)|
|Barked: Wed Aug 24, '11 5:51pm PST |
|I really really don't want to worry you & put a wrong assumption in your head, so please don't assume that your situation will be the same.
When I found out that my 10 year old, Juneau, had high liver values the vets did the same thing. We rechecked him a month later, the values were even higher. Then rechecked again another month later & they were still high. So we had an ultrasound done & they found a rather large tumor on his liver. They gave me the option of doing a biopsy on it during the ultrasound, but they said the results were not super accurate (maybe 30% accuracy?), so I skipped the biopsy & went whole hog to exploratory surgery. I wanted them to remove the tumor if at all possible. Unfortunately, the surgeon was unable to remove the tumor because of where it was located on his liver (he most likely would've bled to death had they removed it), and it had also spread to two of the lobes. So he biopsied the tumor & sewed Juneau back up. We found out shortly after that the tumor was hepatocellular carcinoma, a supposedly slow-growing type of cancer.
As surgery was no longer an option, we took Juneau to an oncologist. She said chemo could be done, but it had a very low success rate for that type of cancer. Plus, I think it would've been very traumatic to put Juneau through that on a weekly basis. Long story short, I took him to a holistic vet who gave him a variety of cancer slowing supplements, I changed his diet to home-cooked, I learned what foods to avoid giving him that could help the tumor grow larger, & I spoiled & loved the bejeezus out of him.
Just 4 short months later, Juneau woke up & he was no longer "there". He stopped eating & drinking, he could barely stand up, so we took him to the ER where they put him on IV fluids for 2 days. After that, the docs said there was nothing more that could be done for him, his body was rapidly deteriorating, so we brought him home. We wrapped him up in his favorite blanket in his favorite spot on our backyard deck, and he was surrounded by his loved ones (me, my husband, Minna, & Koda)when the vet came to put him to sleep. It was the hardest thing I've ever done in my life.
Again, PLEASE don't assume this is what will happen to you. I just wanted to let you know my experience with high liver numbers.