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HELP! Should I Put My Dog Down Now- Cirrhosis

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • September 10, 2010
  • 10:36 PM

I hope this doesn't offend anyone. I'd like info because my dog is very sick and has ascites. The vets think it is end stage cirrhosis though it is uncertain even after ultrasounds and blood tests. I want to determine how much pain he may be in and what if any quality of life he still has. Humans with the disease can talk. Talks cannot. I'd like to know if it is painful when they tap his stomach to take out the ascites liquid. But one vet said it is painful and I don't know if that is true. A person who had it done would know. They do not use any anesthetics on the dog. Please advise. My dog has lost weight. He doesn't eat very much. He's beginning to find it hard to walk, the vet thinks it is because of the ascites swishing and effecting his balance but my 'mother' instinct tells me its something more; a general weakness. He also seems to get confused sometimes. I think they call it 'stupor'. Have you seen protruding veins/arteries in the stomach area? My dog has this, very pronounced. The vet said it is the fluids trying to drain. The last two taps taken from the stomach area (ascites) contained white lymph matter they called chyle, where previously the liquid was yellowish and clear. He has been sick about 5 months. He is about 10 year old, a small dog. He looks very tired sometimes in his eyes. Thanks so much for any info you may offer about the pain level of this disease and the tap procedure. I wish you all blessings, including the caretakers.

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  • Hi, I know your question is very old now, I wondered what happened. I had a cat in almost identical circumstance, pronounced ascites, poor appetite, pronounced weight loss, lethargy, wobbliness, but not jaundice or vomiting and not massively poor blood results just very low albumin(althouh he was on an opioid painkiller for a foot problem which probly made him a bit confused and wobbly) but generally deteriorating health, exteremly ill. He was pts - I always question the lack of symptoms
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