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Goldy high Liver enzymes
I am from Australia but Goldies across the world are all pretty similar & I found you while trying to find a solution to my dog's health problem.
Chewbacca is an entire male who will be 10 yrs in December. About a month ago he started to go off his food & I put it down to change of seasons as we were starting to get some hot days & he still had a full winter coat. He went off his food altogether just over 2 weeks ago & was very lethargic with horribly pale gums. A trip to the vet involved tests which showed his liver enzyme to be very high & he had a slight temperature, the vet diagnosed him with Hepatitis which is spread between dogs (a lot of unvaccinated dogs in my town) He did 2 weeks antibitotics & SAMe , on top of the Hepatitis he developed a hot spot on his chest & a cyst at the base of his tail. The hot spot I treated with cream & an anti inflam shot which would not cross the liver, the cyst we opened up & cleared out twice in the past 2 weeks.The itch & cyst we are putting down to being triggered by the stress of being ill, he does not cope with new situations & is very attached to me so having to leave me even in the vets causes a problem.
A week into the treatment he started to eat small amounts again & then stopped a few days later, vet told me last week to give him anything I could find that he would eat because he can't afford to keep losing weight like this. I always kept him on a strict diet of mostly dry food due to fresh red meat causing hot spots & also to ensure he kept a safe weight plus a picky eater. A week ago I gave in & started to give him on canned dog food which he ate altho still only small meals twice daily. He refused food again 2 days ago & nothing would get him to eat. I did resort to putting his tablets in half of a cooked sausage as he was too difficult to give them any other way. He ate the small pieces of beef sausage which was good but nowhere near enuf to sustain him.He is drinking & peeing fine so no problems there.
Bottom line is we can't find any foreign object inside that he may have eaten, tried antibiotics & SAMe for 2 weeks, 1 anti inflam injection & tablets for 2 days since to treat the cyst & hot spot. The hot spot & cyst are all healing well so I am going to leave them aside for now as I don't see them as the cause for his illness.
2 weeks into treatment today & back for blood tests again to check the Liver & altho there was a slight decline in the Liver enzymes it was still dangerously high. I discussed it with the vet & decided to give it another week to try to get him to eat again. I went to the shops & bought some Goodo biscuits which are not something I like to use ever & my vet cringed when I said I knew how to get him to eat but it is not a long term diet I wish to use. I have no other options left with food, he hasn't eaten properly for a month now & he is a big boned boy who was lean to start with & this has caused him to lose weight. This evening I offered him a handful of Goodo's & he wolfed them down so another handful followed & again he happily ate them. He refused the usual dry food in between those handfuls & I decided not to give him any more until breakfast time in case they didn't stay down, the last thing he needs right now is to throw food back up.
If anyone has had problems with Liver Enzymes similar to this in a Goldy I would really appreciate hearing from you as I feel I am running out of options & altho he is almost 10 I think he has another 4 or 5 good years left. Other than this illness he was a healthy active dog with no arthritis or other health issues.