My dog Archie (2.5 years) went into the hospital Thanksgiving morning with signs of HGE. (Bloody vomit and stools). I noticed yesterday while visiting that he had hives on his legs, so they gave him Benedryl. Today while visiting him, the vet asked to speak with me. She said that he hacked up coagulated blood and coupled with the hives she is now suspecting cancer.
So far he's had all the blood work, ex-rays, ultrasound and nothing shows except a very angry looking stomach. He's been on an IV and antibiotics and the hives are not improving. The diarrhea is gone, so she has said I can bring him home tonight. They want to do a scope on him tomorrow to see if there's cancer.
Does anyone have experience with this? Any ideas about the prognosis of stomach cancer?
Thank you for any information you can give me.
I'm so sorry Archie is still sick
Personally, I would take my dog to a referral hospital to see an internal medicine specialist if I went from a diagnosis of HGE to stomach cancer in less than a week in a young dog. Something just doesn't seem right. The ACVIM web site can help you find a specialist near you. Is he still vomiting blood? Does he have a fever? If they scope him make sure they're taking biopsies of the stomach and duodenum and ask if they have the ability to video the scope so you can take it with you to a referral hospital in case they don't get an answer at your local vet.
Good thoughts for both of you and please keep us updated.
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No, he's not vomiting like he was and he never had a fever. What alarmed the vet today is that he threw up coalgulated blood and the hives aren't responding to the treatment. This is a referral hospital, called VCA in Sacramento California. He never did have the typical numbers for the HGE. I was told that a dog with HGE will have a 60 and Archie's was 39 and then 40, which is normal. Nothing showed in the other blood work, either. The ultrasound showed nothing and the ex-ray showed a lot of gas and inflammation.
Thank you for the information regarding the scoping procedure.
I'm just praying that tomorrow's procedure will have a good outcome. We're heartsick and love him so much.
Sending prayers for good news and healing to you all. Be well Archie.
Thank you so much. He's the sweetest boy anyone could ever ask for. I hope this vet is wrong. I honestly thought this only happened to older dogs.
Sending good thoughts for Archie.
don't have any advice but I'll be thinking good thoughts for Archie tomorrow
♣ Laura ♣
best of thoughts ....
cancer is unusual in a young dog ... so I'll hope there is something else going on
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Thank you for all your nice posts! Archie is home tonight and so glad to be home. A couple days home with his family before the next procedure. Keep your fingers crossed for him!
seems kind of young but i'd let them look and see.surprised nothing showing up in the x ray.