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Second Guessing-Canine Pancreatitis or Foreign Object?

nmarie
March 20th, 2011, 04:28 PM
My dog has been in and out of Vets because she stopped eating. After getting an ultrasound the doctor had pointed out that there was something square in her stomach. I suggested it could be a liver treat because she had been eating only canned food leading up to the examination.

It wasn't until later that I began to get concerned because she had been fasting for 12 hours prior to the exam and it was more than 2 days before her exam that she had a liver treat.

When I brought this up to the Vet they didn't seem to think this could be a problem because the ultrasound specialist concluded this was a liver treat.

It seems strange my little dog would have ANYTHING in her stomach. Especially a digestible, probably softened liver treat.

Is it possible all her problems could be a foreign object? Should I ask again to maybe have an xray done? Or, is it silly for me to think these Doc's may have misdiagnosed?

Symptoms include: bad breath (now gone due to antibiotics!!), loss of appetite, weight loss, lethargy, REALLY high liver protein #'s

Diagnosed with pancreatitis, possible hepatitis, microvascular displasia, and one other one that I am at a loss for. Ginger is on Metronidazole, Hepato, Clavaseptin, and Denosyl. These seem to have bettered her to a certain extent although she decided to stop eating again a few days ago. Vet followed up with another month worth of Meds. Ginger is a 2 year old min pin. Physical exams are unremarkable.

SamIam
March 20th, 2011, 05:12 PM
So sad for you and Ginger, she is such a young dog. Hope you and your vet can get her feeling better soon.

Is it possible Ginger got a treat from another household member, or found a stray one under the corner of the couch? If you are confident that could not be the case, I would check, regardless of whether the square object might have been a treat, whether your vet has identified a cause for why the stomach did not empty for at least 12 hours, and possibly 2 whole days. Normal is closer to 30 mins.

Water isn't the greatest simulator of the stomach, but have you tried putting the treat in a glass of warm water, maybe acidified with vinegar, to see how well it holds its shape?

sugarcatmom
March 20th, 2011, 06:37 PM
Diagnosed with pancreatitis, possible hepatitis, microvascular displasia, and one other one that I am at a loss for. Ginger is on Metronidazole, Hepato, Clavaseptin, and Denosyl. These seem to have bettered her to a certain extent although she decided to stop eating again a few days ago.

How was the pancreatitis diagnosed? If Ginger does indeed have pancreatitis, she should really be on pain meds as well.

MaxaLisa
March 24th, 2011, 02:14 AM
It's always possible for a mistake to be made?? Sometimes it's a misinterpretation?