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We just got the results to our dogs blood test. It turns out that her liver is really bad and the vet's office said that it's so beyond that there's nothing they can do and suggested to put her to sleep or if we wanted to take her to a specialist. I'm so lost in what to do. Is there still hope for her? I will feel so guilty if we put her to sleep and there's a chance for her to live. She is 17 years old and is a chihuahua and I heard little dogs live the longest. When we were i the vets office the other day the lady behind the desk said the oldest dog she seen was 23. I need advice from people who have been through this.

Has anyone heard of Milk Thistle? does this really work?
 

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Oh, I am sorry for the sad diagnosis. I have a kidney dog and she is doing okay with a special diet and lots of extra fluids. Her liver isn't too awful yet. 15.5 years old and she has lived with this for 2 years this past month. Her disease was discovered, she wasn't feeling too awful yet.

Here is a page with information and links on liver disease
http://www.dogaware.com/specific.html#liver. Get hard copies of the lab work done for your dog so you can try to figure things out.
 

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I had a Cocker w/liver problems. It was treated with an ulcer med, an antibiotic, and 2 liver meds.

I think some of the meds were Famotidine (ulcer)
Metrozinold (sp?)

The important one was S-Adenosyl-225 That is supposedly proven to help the liver regenerate.

And I forget what the other med was.

Mine did good for about 8 months, but then her heart problem was getting worse, and she couldn't take the heart meds due to her liver.

Good luck with your baby. Seventeen is old for a dog, so you've obviously given him a good life. You could try treating the liver, but do listen to your vet. You certainly don't want your dog to suffer, so if you don't get good results w/treatment, don't let your dog linger in pain. I'm so sorry you are facing this. The fact that dogs live short lives compared to ours is the awful part of pet ownership.
 

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17 years old is pretty old for a dog. You are very lucky he reached that age. 23 is extremely rare. At 17 there is probably not much they can do. Milk Thistle is good for the liver. I know people who give this to their dog because of other medicine that could damage the liver.
 

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Thanks for the responses. Turns out my dog doesn't have a bad liver she has kidney failure:confused: I have taken my dog to a specialist and she read the blood work my vet did and didn't know why they told us it was a bad liver. Also, less than a year ago my dog had x rays done and my vet said she had an enlarged heart so he gave me 2 medications and said she needed this her whole life. The specialist did not know why the vet ordered this, she said it did not matter if she had an enlarged heart. The medication was only to be given if she suffered heart failure and told us this medication could have caused her to have kidney failure:eek: and when given the medication she needed to have routine checkups to see if it was affecting her kidney and heart (this was never done). My dog is staying over night at the hospital and she is going to take xrays, an ultrasound, check urine and put fluids in her. Hopefully she'll recover and her illness can be managed and I can be with her a few more years.
 

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Wow, I was hoping it wasn't both bad kidneys and bad liver! Sassy has the kidney thing for certain, a high normal pancreatic enzyme, one higher than normal liver enzyme and the vet says her heart murmur is getting worse. From my online reading all of this stuff goes together. Old age, something is going to get you.
 
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