Good News – Liver Disease Recovery

Lisa,

Just another update that I hope may help others in the future. I just recapped the past 6 months.

Please feel free to copy and paste this last message to anybody that could benefit.

I just want to write about some facts. I hope it will be passed to someone that maybe is in the same situation I was. We took our 11 1/2 year old dog in because she had stopped eating the day before. this was 6 months ago the blood work came back with liver failure, internal bleeding and a white blood cell count 5 times normal.

She has had a growth in the abdominal area that we were told was nothing to worry about a couple years ago. The tumor had grown and has been uncomfortable as of lately. We read up and did all of the dietary changes and sam-e twice a day.

I read your site for months and tried to compare notes. I had to beg her to eat for months and we were just dreading the worse. She was tired and could not sleep comfortably. We gave Tramadol only at night and ceprofoxacin twice a day for 6 months. She has been on Metacam for a few years. We figured the growth on the liver was bleeding and causing an infection. I compared my dog’s condition with all of the messages I read on your site.

I called the vet and asked if we could do another round of blood work to see if the sam-e had helped after 6 months. I was told when you are in liver failure you are in hospice with out hope of recovery. I prayed we had been treating correctly and she may show signs of the liver getting better anyway.

I decided to ask for an ultra sound to see if we could see the liver and tumor. I just wanted to see if we could see anything to help our treatment. The ultra sound test is less expensive than blood work. The test showed the liver looked okay. The massive tumor seemed to be on the spleen. Our dog has bad hips and there was no guarantee that the tumor had not attached to other organs. Surgery can make her hips worse because of the way they must pull the back legs and tie them. We did blood work again. The blood work came back all normal no liver failure. With our given new hope that a dog can live without a spleen, but needed the liver to take over the spleens function we did surgery. If they could not remove the tumor we wanted to just close her up and have her continue as she had for the last 6 months.

The tumor was on the spleen and pushing on all her other organs. I wish I had been able to have been lead to this route earlier and we could have saved her many uncomfortable months. The spleen and tumor was 9 1/2 pounds. Now she only weighs 79 pounds. The missing tumor seems to allow her to walk and get up with more ease. The test results showed no signs of cancer. We were told that it is hard to dissect a tumor that large and see everything, but what they tested looked benign.

Thank you for your deepest concern and sending me those liver group sites that were helpful in my search for treatment.

Jeanette

January 12, 2011 by Lisa  
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2 Comments on "Good News – Liver Disease Recovery"

  1. Debbie Wheeler on Wed, 10th Aug 2011 10:34 am 

    We found out in October of 2009 that our baby Dakota (then almost 4years old) had liver disease. She had a very swollen belly and took her to the vet to see what was wrong, then came the bad news. We put her on a bunch of different meds and a special diet using LD dog food. They had told me at the vets that she probably wouldn’t live much longer. The good is that it is now almost 2 years later and our sweet baby is still here with us. She is a fighter, has her good days and bad days but she never quits. She is no longer on meds or a special diet, they say it’s too far advanced for them to do any good but we just are thankful for every day that she is here with us. She is such as sweet baby and gives you those eyes of hers. It’s going to hurt so bad when her time finally comes but until then we are thankful for every minute that she’s still here.

  2. kerry on Fri, 3rd Feb 2012 3:21 pm 

    Lisa,
    Thanks so much for sharing. During routine bloodwork for a teeth cleaning our vet stumbled upon bad liver enzymes numbers, prompting an ultrasound and the discovery of a massive tumor on the liver and spleen. We are going to the surgeon tomorrow to see about removal. I believe now this accounts for a lot of his days for walking funny, trouble sleeping, and just looking uncomfortable. He’s a 15lb doxie and if this tumor is as big as they think I can’t even imagine how that feel inside of him. Struggling with the decision as he is older (we don’t know for sure because he’s a rescue but am thinking around 10yrs. old) I know, however, that if we could make him more comfortable that would be worth it to me. I am praying it is benign. Seems so full of life and eating like a chowhound so can’t imagine this is cancer!

    Thanks again for your blog post.
    Kerry

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