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Dr. Gary, Dog Veterinarian
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Experience:  DVM, Emergency Veterinarian, BS (Physiology)
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Im so stressed out and I do not know what to do, my 7 year

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Im so stressed out and I do not know what to do, my 7 year old male rat tereir has multiple health problems, he just had a mast cell tumor removed from his face, there were no other tumors found in his body. He has always struggled with diarrhea issues, some days he is fine and playful then other days he seems like he is in pain. He had diarrhea last night, doesn't want to eat and keeps stretching his back legs out behind him. I don't know if his stomach hurts or if his back hurts because a couple of years ago I was told that he had a slight issue in his spine where it meets his hips, I don't know what to treat I have cancer myself and on limited income so Im struggling already with the recent suregery
JA: I'm sorry to hear that. This sounds like it might be serious. I'll let the Veterinarian know what's going on ASAP. Is there anything else the Veterinarian should be aware of about Terrie?
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Dog Veterinary
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
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Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 1 year ago.

Hello. Thanks for the questions.

If the mast cell tumor was a low grade tumor, then it was likely cured with surgery alone. That's the nice thing about catching mast cell tumors when they are small and not spreading yet. It's a cancer that we can potentially cure with surgery.

When it comes to the GI signs. I would talk with your vet about using a different diet. Something like Royal Canin Fiber Response works well for chronic diarrhea dogs. Another option, is doing a novel protein dietary trial. Here is a link on how this works:

I hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
We have already done allergy testing and he is getting home made diet but would not eat raw so its cooked, he has had tummy issues all his life but with the recent start of stretching his back legs behind him I wasn't sure if his tummy is upset or if its his back hurting
Expert:  Dr. Gary replied 1 year ago.

It sounds like abdominal pain if it just started with the diarrhea. Some pain meds like Tramadol or Gabapentin would be helpful to resolve those signs.

When it comes to diet, homemade it tough to do. There is a site to consult with a nutritionist and make it work. I would go that route if you don't want to go with a commercial diet.