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Our 9 yr golden retriever has a huge tumor in His stomach....

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Our 9 yr golden retriever has a huge tumor in
His stomach.... He breathes very hard and it
Hurts for him to lay down as it makes breathing harder
And I'm sure it hurts... Our vet has him on 100 my of rimadyl
Twice a day( however, I give him 3 on occassion) and he is on 50mg
Of lasix 2 times a day even though the vet said there is no fluid showing...
He put him on 2 20mg of prednisone
Yesterday but I didn't think he was going to make it last night....
We stopped that today, pet the vet...we are taking him to another
Vet there something we can give him tonight to make him more comfortable tonight? Maybe one of our lortab? Advil? Mortin? Anything ?
Please help!
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Veterinary
Expert:  Dr. Andy replied 7 years ago.

Hello Kendra,

This is a very tricky situation.

I am VERY SURPRISED that vet was willing to give prednisone when your pet has been on Rimadyl. That can cause some serious stomach ulceration. We are never suppose to give non-steroidal medications with other non-steroidal or steroidal drugs for that reason.


Therefore, I would absolutely not give advil, motrin, aleve, etc...In addition, none of these are as effective as what you already have.


Ideally, for pain, I would ask for a oral pain medication called Tramadol. It is a wonderful complement to a product like Rimadyl.


Also, to help the stomach, it wouldn't hurt to start an antacid like Pepcid.



Pepcid comes in 10mg or 20mg tablets. You can give it every 12 hours.







Also, lasix (furosemide) as a diuretic has absolutely no purpose being given unless there has been fluid build up in the chest or abdomen, usually due to heart disease.

So, definitely, discuss that with your new vet tomorrow.


Otherwise, no other over-the-counter drugs will help for this evening.

Dr. Andy

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