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Postby SisMorphine » June 20th, 2008, 11:31 am

Weighed in this morning. 63.6 pounds. He was 66.8 at our last visit and his healthy weight is 70-72. :(

We go in on Monday to recheck his bloodwork, maybe start him on pred. Tuesday morning I have an appointment with an herbalist. This dog is KILLING me!!!
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Postby madremissy » June 20th, 2008, 11:37 am

:hug3: Hang in there. Still sending good thouhts and prayers your way.
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Postby Jenn » June 20th, 2008, 12:46 pm

:hug3: Feel better soon Wally. :(
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Postby amazincc » June 20th, 2008, 1:37 pm

Prednisone for what??? Does that mean he does have cancer? :cry: :(


Sending all the good thoughts Wally can possibly handle... :hug3:
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Postby katiek0417 » June 20th, 2008, 1:52 pm

Good thoughts from here!
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Postby SisMorphine » June 20th, 2008, 6:33 pm

amazincc wrote:Prednisone for what??? Does that mean he does have cancer? :cry: :(


Sending all the good thoughts Wally can possibly handle... :hug3:

We are now down to cancer or severe IBD (brought on by what, who knows). Everything else has been ruled out.
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Postby Mickle » June 20th, 2008, 7:22 pm

Damn it Mr Wally man GET BETTTTTEEERRRR!!!!
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Postby Robin B » June 20th, 2008, 7:37 pm

I hope Wally feels better soon.
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » June 20th, 2008, 8:17 pm

When are they going to be able to determine whether it's IBD or cancer, Alyssa?

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Postby amazincc » June 20th, 2008, 9:34 pm

I think a blood test can determine that... dogs w/IBD usually have a normal CBC whereas dogs w/lymphoma have an elevated white count. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.
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Postby SisMorphine » June 20th, 2008, 10:21 pm

pitbullmamaliz wrote:When are they going to be able to determine whether it's IBD or cancer, Alyssa?

I know you're going to do everything possible to help Wally out. Tons of good thoughts coming from Ohio.

Well the bloodwork shows nothing significant and at this point an ultrasound probably wouldn't show us much either. The only way to know for sure is to go in for a biopsy of his small intestine, which is super invasive and I will not put him under anesthesia, especially right now being so underweight (it takes him 3 days to fully recover from anesthesia). I would much rather put my money towards another round of bloodwork and our appointment with the herbalist.
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Postby SisMorphine » June 20th, 2008, 10:22 pm

amazincc wrote:I think a blood test can determine that... dogs w/IBD usually have a normal CBC whereas dogs w/lymphoma have an elevated white count. Someone correct me if I'm wrong.

His white count was ever so slightly elevated the last time, but not enough to suggest much of anything which is why cancer is still on the table . . .
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Postby CinderDee » June 20th, 2008, 10:36 pm

Has anyone heard of this blood test for canine Lymphoma?

http://www.pet-screen.com/web/PETSCR/index.cfm?s=1

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Postby iluvk9 » June 20th, 2008, 11:48 pm

I am sending the most positive thoughts I can muster, to Wally. Give him a BIG HUG and tell him it is from me. :wave2:
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Postby Fear_the_Sheeple » June 20th, 2008, 11:56 pm

:hug3: I've got you in my thoughts, Wally!
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Postby Malli » June 21st, 2008, 4:48 am

paws crossed here for Wally.
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Postby SisMorphine » June 21st, 2008, 9:11 am

Well he ate like a beast monkey last night and this morning. Partially raw too!!! Frankly I forgot to give him his sulcrafate last night, and purposefully skipped it this morning as I'm wondering now if it's making his appetite worse. Anyone know anything about the side effects?
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Postby amazincc » June 21st, 2008, 10:44 am

I could only find info for people -

For sucralfate, the following are the observed side effects:
constipation
dizziness
drowsiness
indigestion
nausea
stomach cramps
rash
back pain
diarrhea
dry mouth
gas
headache
vomiting
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Postby SisMorphine » June 21st, 2008, 10:56 am

amazincc wrote:I could only find info for people -

For sucralfate, the following are the observed side effects:
constipation
dizziness
drowsiness
indigestion
nausea
stomach cramps
rash
back pain
diarrhea
dry mouth
gas
headache
vomiting

Well any of those would make a boy want to stop eating!! I'm going to continue to skip it for the rest of the day (but will give him his flagyl) and see if he still eats like a mother at dinner time. I really can't wait for the appointment with the herbalist . . . and I am so HAPPY to have a vet who fully supports me going that route!!
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Postby TinaMartin » June 21st, 2008, 1:59 pm

I still have all my fingers crossed.
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