Guest GreyMomma Posted August 28, 2013 Share Posted August 28, 2013 We adopted our lovely Kiowa about 5 years ago and she is our silly sassy girl who is loved by everyone! She is 7 years old, and has a brother, Raider (also a grey). Last Thursday, I noticed she was drinking an excessive amount of water and urinating more frequently than normal. By Friday, she seemed weaker and had some diarrhea. She wouldn't eat dinner that evening (we Grey owners KNOW that means something is wrong!). I took her to the Vet immediately and they saw blood in her urine and stool. They gave me special food and some antibiotics and sent us home for the weekend; but the Vet knew something more was wrong. She was still drinking A LOT of water, and ate the special food on Saturday. She also started vomiting and more diarrhea. By Sunday morning, she would not eat again. I cooked her some chicken and rice, which she ate, and was able to keep down. However, by Monday morning she lost her appetite again and we were referred to the Emergency Vet for an ultrasound. By Tuesday the test results confirmed it was Lymphoma (GI tract). We were devastated and amazed at how quickly the symptoms showed up--she was healthy JUST a few days ago.The Vet gave us 3 options: 1. Chemotherapy, 2. Steroids (prednisone) 3. (I don't want to talk about that option yet...). The Vet told us that her response to the prednisone will make her feel better short term by shrinking the tumor and be a good indicator of how she will respond to the Chemo. After a shot of prednisone last night, she finally ate breakfast this morning. They also told us after 4 weeks of Chemo, we should be able to see if it is helping her into remission or not. We feel positive about trying Chemo right now because we still see the light in her eyes and wag in her tail. We definitely don't want her to suffer though any treatment though. I am looking for any helpful advice from those who have experienced GI tract lymphoma. I am bringing Kiowa home today and thinking about things like special food that may help keep her strong through treatment or other helpful hints or resources anyone may know of. Thank you. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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