Hey everyone, my name's Trent, I'm 18 and live in QLD. Obviously I have dogs, lol. I wanted to ask a few questions if that's alright. OK, so I have a purebred maltese, my mother has a smithfield terrier x border collie and my grandmother has my maltese's brother. I also share ownership of a female dog with my GF, (who I live with), she is a black and white (no brown) purebred miniature foxy (short haired). So Queenie (my dog) and Milly (the foxy) live together with me and the Mrs, the other dogs are back with my mother.
I'm into cars and motocross, and I sold a car last friday to fund some health care for Queenie. She had a lump which was quite small (I prayed for a cyst or a hernia) but it rapidly grew (prompting the sale of one of my cars). Today she had two lumps removed, one big one and one smaller one.
I opted for a blood test before the operation, to make sure there's nothing out of the ordinary, as Queenie and Spud (her brother) are both 9. I used to own their mother molly, and had done since I was very little, but she died in 2008 aged 16.
Her blood tests came back somewhat OK, although I was alarmed with her liver results. The test for her liver function (ALT) came back in the "high" section, albeit the lower side of high, it still is definitely in there and is alarming me.
She had two teeth removed due to decay along with the lumps, and apparently the decay can affect the liver, I hope her results go back to normal, but to prevent anything worse happening, what diet can I change to? She gets dog rolls at the moment, which aren't exactly great. I plan to buy enough chicken necks to feed the dogs and get rid of the processed food all together. Anything I should add/subtract from her diet to help her liver?
Apparently she has an enzyme in her liver. The person telling me this was the vets assistant and didn't give me a detailed explanation (I have to see the vet tomorrow) but as I understand, enzymes break things down. Am I right to worry that this is slowly breaking down her liver?
Now, as I said, I am seeing the vet again tomorrow. I promised my grandmother I would take Spud to the vet for a teeth check. My grandmother is a pensioner and has been worrying about him for ages, but hasn't had the $$ to get him to a vet. I know Spuds mouth is in EXTREMELY poor condition, his front teeth and some side ones seem OK, but the back ones are gone and his gums are enflamed. Is it possible for a dog to eat with very little teeth? I am sure I'll have to pay for them to be pulled out, I don't mind doing this, though. He is in great condition in other areas and has a stunning coat and he's still extremely energetic. If I get his teeth fixed and everything else is OK, is there any reason to believe the detrimental effects his teeth had on him won't go away?
So far I've spent around $750 on Queenie, this includes a consultation, the operation and the medication. The only thing I'm worried about is that the vet reccommends I bring her back for a tooth clean and possibly rip some more out. I'll be running out of money kind of quick if I have to spend $750 + on Spud. Oh well, you gotta do what you gotta do.
Please don't knock me guys, I have probably described my dogs in a bad way, but they are a good weight, have good coats and are extremely happy animals, bar the few problems they have which are age associated.
SO has anyone had dogs with poor liver function and managed to successfuly turn it around without the use of medication? (I'm in year 12, dog medication isn't exactly cheap).
Thanks in advance everyone!