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I need help! Any info on Lymphangiectasia?

September 26th, 2006, 07:02 PM
My yorkie was diagnosed with lymphangiectasia one year ago. She had several blood tests and a liver biopsy at that time. She has been on prednisilone for the past year (1/4 tablet every other day) and had blood work done every month. She went into remission for about 10 months.
She is now very sick. Her vet is working with a specialist and they have tried
increasing her pred, adding metronidazole, and put her on a venison diet.
However, she is not responding and seems to being going downhill quickly.
She is lethargic and refuses to eat most of the time. She normally weighs
4-5lbs. but weighs 6-7lbs. because she is retaining so much fluid. The vet
has drained her tummy several times but the fluid returns within a few days.
I have spent a fortune on her and the vet seems to be giving up on her.
Has anyone had any experience with this disease? I will do anything to get
her better. Please help!!!!

September 29th, 2006, 12:43 AM
Welcome to the forum and am so sorry to hear about your Yorkie. I have no advice to offer but you should post your question here under the Pet Health Forum where it will get more exposure. Good luck. :fingerscr

September 29th, 2006, 01:59 AM
Sorry about your Yorkie. You probably know all this but I thought I'd post it anyway (from a website):

QUOTE/This condition can not be cured but it can generally be well-managed by you and your veterinarian. Remissions of several months with occasional flare-ups are common.

The major goal of therapy is to reduce the loss of proteins into the intestine, to restore normal protein levels in your dog. This is done through diet, and medication to reduce inflammation in the intestinal wall. An ideal diet for dogs with intestinal lymphangiectasia contains minimal fat, and an ample quantity of high-quality protein. There are commercial prescription diets available which fulfill these requirements, or your veterinarian can give you information to prepare a low-fat diet at home. In either case, you will need to supplement your dog's diet with fat-soluble vitamins, due to the poor absorption of fat that occurs with this condition.

Corticosteroids are given to reduce inflammation, and thereby reduce loss of protein and associated diarrhea. Your veterinarian may also prescribe antibiotics./END QUOTE

If you haven't done so already, could you ask your vet to refer you to a specialist or a vet hospital?

If there is no hope, then that is also something to be discussed with a vet you trust. Even though we have a hard time acknowledging it as such, an easy death can be a huge gift to a suffering animal. This is where I guess we have to rely on the vet's expertise, as well as our own instincts.

I'm sorry you and your dog have to go through this; it sounds really harrowing. I hope someone here will be able to give you some encouragement.