My dog has a (probable) brain tumor. He shows many of the symptoms and the past 7-8 weeks have been very difficult for him. He rarely eats (can go days) and is occasionally incontinent in the house. How do i know when to put him down? Is he in pain?
He has had blood/urine tests. At our vet, there are 3 doctors. The first doc said, brain tumor. The second doc said the dog got hurt and epilepsy. He was treated with Deremaxx (some improvement) and Prednisone (some improvement).
He still did not return to normal, so, the doc then prescribed the Phenobarb. The original was 15 mg to be divided into 2 doses... 1/2 q12h - so, essentially, he was getting 7.5 mg every 12 hrs. However, that proved to cause more "drunken" behavior, so she said to cut the dog back to 1/4 pill only at bedtime. I have given him this dose for 3 days now, and no improvement.
Again, I was only gone for an hour today and he pooped on the living room floor. He has NEVER done that. His legs are apart, his personality is different, he is not eating, he has lost weight, he has all his strength, and I don't know what to do anymore.
I am disabled and on a fixed income. I love this little boy, but I don't want to keep him going if he is in pain or anything like that. I've only had him since February 2008. He was a "re-homing" dog. His original owners moved to the other side of the country and did not take him. On his old medical records, it did say "seizure?", but the dog did not reveal any seizure to me until June of that year. Since his seizure in the beginning of May (just a few weeks ago) this Miniture Pinchure has NOT been the same!
Dr Andy:He is definitely showing signs of disorientation such as sometimes not knowing where he is, having a hard time negotiating stairs (in which there are only 2 for him to come into the house), getting up onto the new deck (short step up) and it seems to take a LOT of coaxing to get him up those steps.
I have to get down very low and say, "Trust mom, trust me," and then he'll hesitate and come up. He is NOT vomiting. He is NOT moving around normally. My vet has no answers and to start all over with another vet will start costing me more monies I simply don't have. I would be willing to discuss the potassium bromide with the vet - so I guess that is a good idea. The shame of it all is that up until just a month ago, he was the best dog in the world - loads of fun to play with, easy going and a typical min pin snuggler. Even now, sometimes when I snuggle or try to pick him up, he makes that soft "growl" sound like I'm hurting him, so I just let go in fear that I am hurting him.
And he shakes all the time. I've been walking around saying to my friends that he is now my "parkinsonian" dog. But, like I stated before, he is not eating and that really concerns me. He has gone from Good LIfe Chicken Flavored Crunchy Food to canned food to chicken & rice, beef & rice, baby food, and all concoctions in between and now nothing for 2 days. No Milk Bones, no Beggin' Strips. So, at what point - with the shaking, the not eating, the personality changes, the wide stance, etc... what point do I put him down? Its also very draining on me and he is just not happy anymore. Thats why I came to you, online, hoping to get more answers than from my overworked vet.