I spent last evening at the emergency vet hospital with a BrightStar friend and one of her personal dogs. It is not good.
Cancer, most likely in the spleen/stomach, that has metastasised to
the lungs. Tory is 10 1/2.
I am wondering if you have any suggestions (I already asked Jean for advice through email):
Last two weeks:
Acting/playing normally, except for occasional cough, and
Tory vomited her breakfast while Nancy was at work and had an accident in the house.
Tory's balance and ability to walk became severely compromised.
Abdomen not distended on appearance
Pupils are normal
Gums are pink
Tory is alert, but a bit tired
Breathing a bit labored/wheezing, but Tory is stable
Weight 68lbs - last weight at vet 3 weeks ago 71lbs
Was not on any medications, except for HW preventative and does
the titers. She was also giving her Vitamin C tablets.
Radiographs (2) Neck to Mid Ab. and Mid Ab. to Intestines.
There appears to be a tumor in the stomach/spleen area. Radio graph shows cancer is taken a hold of the lungs. Vet at VSR said maybe a month - if no treatment - surgery to remove tumor and chemo. Given Tory's age and fact that the cancer has spread to the lungs, probably not fair to Tory.
Blood Taken for panel.
Tory went home last night with Tramadol for pain and Prednisone to hopefully create some room to breath.
Bland diet of chicken and rice
Very very sad!!!
I am more or less looking for ideas on how best to give Tory a bit more time, but comfomtable, enjoyable time for her and her mom.
PS. Tory was still having trouble walking last night - had to be carried to the car, but she was exhausted - long night - so a sling was purchased to help, if needed. Also, vet could not give definitive answer as to why Tory all of sudden started having a very hard time walking - my understanding is that up until a few hours before we got the VSR - Tory was walking fine and even still jumping up on Mom's bed.
Thank you for any thoughts.
Pretty Girl - Tory!