Our Cody is Suffering from K9 Liver Cancer
About two weeks ago Cody did not eat his breakfast one day and then another day not his dinner. He vomited once in that week. I have two other dogs and they do get upset stomachs so I put Cody on the ID prescription can (bland) food. That Sunday he vomited and did not eat. I took him to the emergency vet. They took blood and said all was OK - but his liver enzymes were a little high. Took Cody home with antibiotics and would continue on bland diet.
Later that same day Cody started shaking and breathing heavy. Took him back to emergency. They did an ultrasound. Vet said they found nodules on liver and an enlarged lymph-node outside of liver. They did an aspirate. Tests results were that they "suspected" lymphoma. Exploratory surgery would be the only way to know for sure. They gave us pain killers at that time too.
We went to an Oncologist who said just about the same thing. He said that Cody's being lethargic, not eating and the vomiting all point to the liver but he cannot put any name on it until exploratory surgery. He put Cody on steroids. This helped his appetite a bit. He is still VERY lethargic. He drinks a lot - we know it is because of the Prednisone. He still goes outside to "potty." Called the Oncologist to tell him steroids did not give him energy. Again, he said we have to decide if we want the surgery or maybe it is time to say "goodbye." We cried.
Cody is a Golden Retriever, a bit over 10 years old. When we asked the Oncologist what the prognosis is if he does have liver cancer - he said days or weeks. If he has liver disease - they can treat but quality of life will not be good and cannot say how long he would have.
Cody is resting at home. We are a wreck. We have not decided what to do. We are against the surgery. That seems mean to do that to Cody at his age to find out ... he has cancer and days or weeks to live?! It does not seem like Cody is ready for us to do anything else. We are not sure, though.
As you can sense - we are concerned, confused, and hurting a lot.
(Submitted Saturday, Jan. 12, 2013)