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Thank you everyone for your kind thoughts. Chancy had a restless night last night, which is very unusual for her. I think her enlarged tummy is causing some discomfort. :( I'll be calling the vet when they open to see what he thinks about the ultrasound. I'm again leaning toward doing it, even though the thought makes me sick to my stomach. It's just too similar to how I lost Sissy last year. I don't know the odds of it being anything besides cancer, but it seems slim, which is why I was feeling so negative about it yesterday.

 

She still has a good appetite, good stools, and gets excited (too excited for her breathing's sake :sad1 ) about car rides and walks (even though she can't go far or fast). She's still the sweetest, gentlest hound I've even had the honor of knowing. This morning I watched Sid, our pesty kitten, washing Chancy's face. Both Tip and Marla would've sent the kitten running in terror. Chancy just endured the attention, possibly even enjoyed it. :wub:

 

This is from a couple months ago, but it's not an uncommon sight here:

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Aimee..

 

:grouphug

 

Sending lots of strength...ignorance is bliss and sometime not knowing is worse than knowing...I am completely no help!

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Aw ... I understand all your fears and feelings. :cry1

 

Enlarged abdomen could be other things, including heart problems, which can also cause breathing problems and which can often be managed with drug therapy. I would go ahead with the ultrasound, because it's only then that you'll know for sure what you're dealing with. Best to make decisions from an informed viewpoint - and that way you won't be saying 'what if?' somewhere down the line. Well, OK, you probably will, but at least you'll know you did all that you could.

 

Jack has had an enlarged liver. Nothing showed up in blood tests, so we put him on milk thistle for a while and it seemed to settle down. No-one knows what caused it. :dunno

 

Good luck with whatever you decide. I must say, I do agree that we also need to consider stress and fragility in these older greys, but I'd still want a dx. JMHO.

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Chancy's been on milk thistle for several months now, and her liver values are still creeping inexorably upward. :( I will likely go forward with the ultrasound, as I agree with those who take comfort in knowing they did all they could. It terrifies me nonetheless.

 

Knowing VS not knowing, kind of a useless and frustrating debate, if the ultimate result is being helpless to change anything... :(

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Knowing VS not knowing, kind of a useless and frustrating debate, if the ultimate result is being helpless to change anything... :(

 

Absolutely know where you are coming from.....

 

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Cody 7/28/99-8/1/13 My boy that always made me laugh and Dylan 5/12/04-12/29/2017 The sweetest boy ever

Miss Mollie 1/1/99-1/30/15 My Baby Girl and Pixie :heart:heart ??-10/10/2017

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I would do the ultrasound too. No pain for your pup,,and we can all pray that perhpas whatever shows up is managable. Whit light for you guys....

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I don't know the odds of it being anything besides cancer, but it seems slim, which is why I was feeling so negative about it yesterday.

 

Just before Gypsy had her ultrasound done, I was completely beside myself...now, minus her spleen and actively receiving herbal supplements

and acupuncture, she is doing wonderfully for an almost 12 year old girly! We had to wait an extra week for liver biopsy results, with several pathologists wanting yet another look, but in the end it was benign :)

I was "sure" it was hemangiosarcoma, just like her sister, Angel Marie--

Knowing is so much better than not!

Prayers for sweetie Chancy and her mom-

 

 

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My vet called back. Unfortunately I missed my chance to get the ultrasound at his clinic last week. :( The specialist won't b back there for a month, which is obviously too long to wait. I could go to the U, but I'm not thrilled with my prior experiences there, and would prefer to go to the specialist my grey-vet recommends. So the vet is calling around to find out where his specialist is going to be, and will refer me to whatever clinic he can in order to get the ultrasound this week.

 

I came home to my regular waggy happy-to-see-me trio, but as soon as Chancy went outside to pee, her breathing became horrible (not that it was great to begin with). It's very humid and mid-80s out. :(

 

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Just got an appointment with my vet's recommended specialist for an ultrasound on Thursday at 2pm. It'll be at a different vet's office, but I'll have them forward all results to my vet too. I'm liking my vet more and more... :)

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Sending lots of prayers, love, light and doggie kisses to Chancey from me and my pack! What a sweet little girl she is! Those brindle tiger dogs get me every time!

 

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Adding my prayers and gentle hugs. :grouphug My daughter has a tiger Chancy too. :grouphug

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Aww Aimee :grouphug prayers and good thoughts on the way for Chancey and I am sorry to be so late to post to this. For some reason (probably mainly that I am a doofus) I had your puppers confused and was thinking that Chancy's problem was the dislocated toe and I wondered why you were so obsessively worried about it.

 

We'll send lots of good thoughts and energy out to the stripedy girl on Thursday for sure :grouphug

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For some reason (probably mainly that I am a doofus) I had your puppers confused and was thinking that Chancy's problem was the dislocated toe and I wondered why you were so obsessively worried about it.

 

:lol That was Tipper's toe, and I was obsessively worried about that until this took up all the worry-space in my brain.

 

Chancy's belly is still firm and enlarged. She was restless again last night. Her breathing is worse, and this morning she would only eat 2/3 of her breakfast. Chancy has NEVER skipped a meal. :cry1 Maybe she's losing ground not so slowly now... Thursday seems so far away.

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I was lucky to get this appt. I can go to the U if it becomes an emergency, but I'll avoid that if possible. I don't like/trust the U very much (nor does my vet). :(

 

I'm hoping we can get some new pain meds Thursday too. I have Rimadyl on hand, but because her liver is already compromised, I won't give it to her unless it's a dire emergency. It's hard to tell when she's hurting, as she's soooo stoic, my tough ol' tigerdog. She pants a lot, but it's hard to tell if that's because of pain or just her breathing problems...

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I haven't read you whole thread, just the first post and a few updates, but this sounds a lot to me like free fluid in the abdomen. as that fluid collects with no where to go it's going to squish up her stomach and diaphragm making it more and more difficult for her to breath and eat. Please consider calling the vet back today. Use the word "ascites" which is the medical term for fluid in the abdomen. I think you just may have a pretty significant liver problem on your hands :(

Please call today. if nothing else they can drain that fluid off and make her breathing easier.

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I agree, it seems like fluid in her abdomen. It's exactly like the swelling Sissy had when she had excess fluid in her belly. I can't get an ultrasound any sooner than Thursday unless I take her to the U (where I don't trust them for various reasons). Even then I'm not sure they'd get me in unless it's a dire emergency. Can the fluid be drained prior to the ultrasound? My fear is they'd need to be guided by ultrasound so they don't do further damage while trying to help...

 

Vet opens at 9am. I'm having a hard time determining how much of an actual emergency this is, and how much is me just freaking out with worry...

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