Thank you for your reply. A lot has happened since. The swelling resolved but all the intervention has damaged his liver and his bloods are very very bad. He was vomiting a lot so our vet has now put him on Samylin 4 days ago but he has lost his appetite so have to liquidize the Samylin and syringe it into his mouth. His urine is very yellow and stools very small. He appears tired all the time and walks don't interest him. I think we have a very sick dog and wonder what his chances are? Have you come across this before and is there anything else we can do. Our vet has suggested we take him to UCD Veterinary Training College but this will mean more intervention. Can you suggest anything please
We are seeing our vet tomorrow. He has had scans and ultrasounds and his liver is a pre-existing problem but we had it under control with milk thistle but now I think there is irreparable damage and we are looking for a miracle as the Biliruban levels are high thus the very yellow urine. I think the final insult to his liver was a 5 day course of injections of Genta/Betamox in September (21st to 25th) for the infection. The vet also took a sample with a needle from the swelling and this time used pethadine/morphine rather than another anesthetic. The sample was sent for analysis and luckily no culture developed. As I said the Samylin has stopped the vomiting but now his bowl movement is very slow and small. He wants to eat but when he gets it he might eat a tiny bit. I know I should not but he will eat some treats - I feel anything is better than nothing. I dont know what more the vet can do apart from more invasive surgery. Is there anything you can suggest that I could ask the vet?
Will try baby food. Enticed him today with a small amount of Pedigree Chum which he vomited up 4 hours later. He has not been on a course of antibiotics for the possibility of hepatitis - would this not cause further deterioration of his liver? He now refuses the powdered form of Samylin so will ask our vet for it in pill form so I can disguise it in raw meat. What do you think?