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Dog has stomach cancer. Not eating. Is drinking water. Is

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Dog has stomach cancer. Not eating. Is drinking water. Is alert, but in serious condition'
Abouit 10 to 12 years old'
Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 6 months ago.

Hello & welcome, I am Dr. B, a licensed veterinarian and I would like to help you with today. I do apologize that your question was not answered before. Different experts come online at various times; I just came online, read about your wee one’s situation, and wanted to help.

Again I do apologize that my colleagues could not aid you sooner, but can you tell me:

What treatments is Thor on just now?

Any black stool?

Has he had any gagging, vomiting, or lip licking?

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
This is information I'm seeking for my daughter, who lives elsewhere. She only said he eats very little, drinks water, but said nothing about gagging, lip licking or vomiting.
Customer: replied 6 months ago.
My daughter has begun giving him 'Pet Wellbeing - Life Gold for Dogs' for about 2 or 3 days now. Yesterday she mentioned he was getting supplements. I don't know what those are.
Expert:  Dr. B. replied 6 months ago.

No worries, my dear.

If he is eating little, we do need to tread with care. Even in dogs without stomach tumors can be at risk of painful stomach ulcers if they do not eat. So, we may be caught in a vicious circle where the tumor gives him pain and causes nausea; which puts him off eating and then leaves the stomach tumor to the mercy of stomach acid.

With that in mind, we need your daughter to focus on pain relief and protecting the stomach. In regards ***** ***** relief, we'd need her vet to dispense a gut safe option (ie Tramadol, Buprenorphine, etc) since there won't be safe options over the counter (and we need to avoid non-steroidal anti-inflammatories as that will worsen the stomach acid's effect on the stomach and the mass).

Otherwise, if she rings them, they should be able to also dispense gastroprotectants (ie Sucralfate) and strong anti-nausea medication (ie Cerenia, Metoclopramide, Zofran) as well. These will protect the stomach and counter any nausea putting him off his food. Though in the meantime, she can at least start an OTC pet safe antacid like Pepcid (More Info/Dose @, Zantac (More Info/Dose @, or Milk of Magnesia (0.5tsp every 8-12 hours). These will at least reduce stomach acid and nausea for him.

If we can get him a bit more settled, we do need to keep him eating. She can tempt with favorites or try a light/easily digestible diet. Examples you can use are cooked white rice with boiled chicken, boiled white fish, or scrambled eggs, or meat baby food (garlic/onion free only) There are also OTC vet diets (ie Hill’s I/D or Royal Canin’s sensitivity) that can be used too. The aim of these diets is that they will be better tolerated/absorbed by the compromised gut. Therefore, it should get more nutrients in and result in less GI upset.

Though if he cannot be tempted but isn't vomiting, she can also syringe feed using a watered down calorie rich diet like Hill's A/D, Royal Canin Recovery, Dogsure, or Clinicare Canine/Feline Liquid Diet. Since all of these are calorically dense, so a little goes a long way nutrition-wise and can just keep Thor from wasting away here.

Please take care,

Dr. B.


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Expert:  Dr. B. replied 6 months ago.

Hello again,

How is everything going with your wee one?

Warm regards,

Dr. B.