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Dog Health > Kali is very sick :(
Vance CGC

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Barked: Fri Oct 10, '14 11:16am PST 
That sort of poor health is typical for a spleen problem. I don't have any websites, I just know a ton of owners who have been through spleen issues, and I dealt with a liver mass personally. They'll always say it's hermangiosarcoma. I was told that, and when I showed up again 3 months later, dog trotting beside me, they said "huh, guess it isnt after all."
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Dog Health > Kali is very sick :(
Vance CGC

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Barked: Fri Oct 10, '14 7:44am PST 
So sorry. hug

I would get a second opinion ASAP. Especially if your vet is intending to diagnose cancer via ultrasound. That isn't possible. Only a tissue sample can identify cancer. There are loads of different tumors - even cancerous types - that all have different prognosis. Spleens can be removed entirely. Livers regenerate. Been there, done this, many times over. There may not be any good options, but I definitely would not take, "oh well it's cancer" off an ultrasound as an answer!
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Dog Health > My dog has been puking blood for MONTHS... help, anyone?

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Barked: Tue Jun 17, '14 7:31am PST 
...And because I'm a glutton for punishment, I just tried to research the claim that 90% of homemade diets are unbalanced. While the statement itself is thrown around quite a bit, I could not find a link to the actual study anywhere. What was interesting was one article, which mentioned that it was a survey about veterinary elimination diets. Obviously those are not balanced, nor are they supposed to be.

"IN one survey, 90% of homemade elimination diets prescribed by 116 veterinarians in North America were not nutritionally adequate for adult dog or cat maintenance."
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Dog Health > My dog has been puking blood for MONTHS... help, anyone?

Vance CGC

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Barked: Tue Jun 17, '14 7:22am PST 
Having done the HGE thing, GI tumors, and liver disease... I don't know exactly what is going on with your dog. It does sound ulcer-y, or rather it sounds like it started out ulcer-y and has gone on so long that at this point you're dealing with a severely irritated GI tract.

Have you looked at allergies as a cause? What are you currently feeding? You're going to want to be feeding mostly pureed, bland fiber (pumpkin, lentils, chickpeas, that sort of thing). If your dog needs meat as enticement to eat (mine did) boil and drain low-fat ground meat, or cooked fish (WalMart sells flash-frozen whiting fillets for about $2.35/lb - not very nutritious, but bland and smelly). Add just as much as you need to get her to eat. Give many small meals, rather than one or two a day. Meat and calcium and all that are necessary to a dog's diet, but right now, short term, the focus needs to be on stopping the bleeding. Once that is under control, you can start adding things back for balance (all veg should be boiled, too - raw veg spikes acid production). The best diet in the world isn't going to do squat if your intestines are too shredded to absorb it. Kibble is completely inappropriate for a dog in this state, and you couldn't pay me to feed i/d, EVER.

Has the vet treated for ulcers yet? In humans, about 80% of ulcers are caused by H pylori bacteria. The remaining 20% is mostly drugs like ibprofin. It's not been proven in dogs, but many suspect a similar scenario and all the ulcer treatments I ever gave my dog included antibiotics. Of course - having been through this personally - the treatment can cause further irritation on top of the havoc caused by the infection. It takes a long time to heal. (I ate the same diet I had learned for my dog, btw, it WORKS!!) It can also take a long time for acid production to return to normal. My dog ended up on famotadine permanently (he was old and terminal by that point)... I ended up having to wean myself off both the proton pump inhibitors, and then, after several months, weaning off the acid blockers as well.

If you do need to do an endoscopy, you're going to want to consult a special ist. When Vance was at his sickest, Tufts refused to do any sort of scope due to the high risk of complications. They started a plan to treat based on symptoms and went from there as he progressed.
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Food & Nutrition > TOTW alternativies

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Barked: Tue Jun 17, '14 6:18am PST 
But, a vet tech is neither educated nor qualified to be giving medical advice. I see absolutely no reason to believe any of that. Loose correlations based on anecdotes with huge chunks of missing information is not going to cut it, especially when there ARE peer-reviewed studies backed with biological evidence that say the opposite.
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Raw Food Diet > Anyone feed Bravo! raw dog food?
Vance CGC

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Barked: Tue May 6, '14 7:39pm PST 
How, exactly, did the vet determine that?

Of course ground bone is the second largest ingredient. The product is only turkey meat and bone.

As this topic is nearly 5 years old, I will say that as with most dog foods, much has changed with time. I do still feed Bravo regularly, but I've got my eye on them. Lately it seems they are trying to follow NV into the mainstream, which typically comes with a dramatic reduction in quality.

I now measure out my dogs food by weight (Vance self regulated so I only noted approximations). I normally buy the 10# chubs and feed 1/2# to each dog with some meaty meat, so it's not difficult to track what I've used. Lately there seems to be quite a bit of water weight, as I'm coming up short on the last day. The meat itself seems to be fattier than it used to be.

I don't have solid reason to distrust the company yet, and considering my dogs can't eat chicken the 10# chubs of turkey are one if the cheapest sources of bone-in meat I can get. Even if they do come up short on the last day. But I'm watching carefully.
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Food & Nutrition > Anyone Tried the Dog Cancer Diet for a Senior Dog?

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Barked: Wed Apr 23, '14 7:03am PST 
I don't have time to download and go over an entire E book right now, so I'll speak in generalities. Typically cancer diets are excellent diets, but there is no evidence that they reduce the chance of cancer occurring. The best you could argue is that it will help support healthy body function and slow cancer growth if a tumor does occur and you don't know about it.

Conventional wisdom holds that whole, fresh foods are the best for supporting overall health. There is some evidence that feeding small amounts of leafy greens can help lower the risk of cancer, but the study done was very limited. Senior dogs do typically do well on high protein, low carb diets. It's definitely worth switching to that sort of diet if you'd like to, just be wary of any changes that are there to benefit dogs with special dietary needs, as they may not be ideal for a healthy dog.
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Dog Health > Elevated ALT and Bile Acid Test Results??

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Barked: Mon Apr 14, '14 4:51pm PST 
This topic is from 2008.

But, as to the new question re: elevated liver enzymes and raw...

It can be done, but with the awareness that once you get into health issues like liver problems you're looking at a highly customized diet. The typical advice and generalized PMR/BARF diets no longer apply. I firmly believe a custom, homemade diet is the best thing you can feed a dog with organ disease, so I do encourage looking into it.

First you need to figure out exactly what the problem is, at least to the best of your ability.

As a "for instance," and maybe you'll get something useful out of this:

Overproduction of bile was Vance's biggest problem. For a long time, he ate a pretty general PMR diet, but I had to buy items as low fat as possible (and I still often trimmed them). Fat spikes bile production. Fats found in fish are easier to digest than fats found in other meats, so I fed as much of a fish-based diet as I could afford. After a certain point I did have to start cooking all the meat so I could further drain fat away.

I also had to cook any greens he ate. Again, raw greens will spike bile production. I added large amounts of fiber to his diet, like mashed chick peas, pureed lentils, sweet potatoes, and pumpkin. This helps absorb what bile is overproduced. It also helped him hold weight, because his digestive system was functioning pretty poorly overall. You have to be aware in doing this that adding fiber can falsely lower an ALT, as it's absorbing what would otherwise end up in the bloodstream. The liver is still sick, but the symptom is lessened. In many cases lessening symptoms is all you can do, and is worth it to keep them from snowballing.

And he ate many small meals a day. Always at least three, but up to five if I could fit them in my schedule. This decreases the load on the digestive system - it fires up, and then gets to rest, rather than firing up and working at a huge meal for hours, then getting nothing at all and filling with unused bile for hours.
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Dog Health > Please help me, I do not know if it is time to put my beloved dog to sleep

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Barked: Mon Apr 7, '14 7:15am PST 
Is he still on antibiotics? They can cause all of the vomiting, diarrhea, anorexia and lethargy you have been seeing. Then the irregular meals and such set his diabetes off and everything spirals out of control. Obviously if he has an infection, he needs to be treated, but it's worth discussing this with your vet.

Vance went on cephalexan once in his life, and I thought he was going to die. I know hundreds of dogs who have taken ceph and done fine, Vance just could not handle that specific antibiotic. Switched him to something else and he was fine within a few days.
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Dog Health > It Came On So Fast =(
Vance CGC

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Barked: Tue Mar 18, '14 1:59pm PST 
Have you consulted with your vet about any of this? Is your ER different from your regular vet? Typically ERs are not set up to do any sort of follow up care, so if you haven't, set up a time to consult with your regular vet ASAP. Once they're aware of the situation they can advise, often over the phone.

HGE is kinda one of those things that you either have, or you don't. It's possible to have ongoing digestive upset that carries on so long it triggers HGE, but it was not HGE the entire time. This was part of Vance's issues - it was not uncommon for him to have diarrhea, episodes of repeated vomiting, or go off his food and vomit 3 to 5 times during the course of a day. The vast majority of the time, it had nothing to do with HGE. When it was HGE, it was very quickly apparent that something was different, and very wrong. I knew it, and I never waited as long to get him to the vet on the recurrences. The first time I simply didn't know what HGE was, and was waiting for it to pass like all his other GI episodes had.

It is normal to have lingering stomach upset after an event that traumatic. It's also normal to have stomach upset from irregular meals. The easiest thing for digestion is 3 - 5 small meals a day, of freshly cooked pureed or ground food with plenty of fiber.
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