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Hi All,

My 8 yo golden retriever had been vomiting and refusing food for a week. He lost a lot of weight and I nursed him back to health by giving him lots of love and attention and some antibiotics (he started eating again and passing faeces).

He was almost back to normal (80%) in a week, but got violently ill within the next day (now a week has passed)

His calcium levels are very high and he drinks lots of water. His pancreatic enzymes are very high too.

He is at his worst (very lethargic) in the morning and at night and is his best at lunch time. My parents will not pay for any more tests and feel that we should nurse him through his sickness. An xray cancelled out an intestinal blockage but revealed a mass in the area of the pancreas but is not confirmed. I think my parents are banking on the fact that pancreatic tumors are rare.

Has anybody else experienced similar. We are very close to putting him down now and this is my last ditch effort. I think his initial recovery was a gift from god but now it may be time to say goodbye. Any thoughts on what i can expect over the next day or so? His eyes are a little puffy.
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Sorry to hear about your Golden being so ill. I have no experience in this, but I hope someone on the forum will give you some good advice and support. I will remember him in my prayers. What is his name?
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Actually, in a Golden the age of your dog, hemangiosarcoma is not at all rare. He needs to go back to the vet, to make sure he is not in pain at least.

If it is pancreatitis or something similar, he needs medication and proper treatment.

Maybe your parents have not considered the fact that he is probably in pain. I am sure that they would not want to be responsible for him suffering.

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Hello and welcome,
I am sorry you had to come to us for this sad event. What does your vet say and does he have any idea what it is? It does sound like it is a tumor but I pray that you can nurse him through this. I will pray for your dog and hope that he does get better. Keeping good thoughts going your way.

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My first Golden went through this last year. Exact same symptoms. Calcium levels off the charts. It is one of two things. Addisons Disease or Cancer. We ran the test for Addisons which came back negative. Within the next few weeks, he lost a huge amount of weight, stopped eating and went into kidney failure. Sorry for this news.

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How sad that you are going through this. Is there a chance your parents will let you take him back to the vet?

He may be in pain, and they can medicate for that. If he indeed has cancer, at least his last days can be more comfortable. I really hope your family will get him to the vet. Making him comfortable is so important.

I am really sorry to hear that he is doing so poorly. I am sure it is very difficult to watch him fail.

Please try to at least get him to the vet for comfort measures if nothing else. It should not be too expensive and it will help him through this crisis.

I am sorry you had to join the forum under such sad circumstances. I really hope you can get him the help he needs.

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I'm so sorry to hear your Golden is so ill. I do hope your parents will agree to more testing in order to find proper treatment for your baby.

Good luck. My heart goes out to you during this difficult time. I wish there was something I could do to help.

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thank you all for you support,

we have decided to have our pet Suma put down today. The vet checked him recently and didn't believe that he was in pain. I am very grateful that i was given a gift in having him recover for 1 more week. He was almost back to his old self, he transformed from near death to a dog that would play tug of war and he even tried to hump my sisters leg so we thought that was a good sign!

I will leave a record for future reference for other people who may experience the same:

Our dog seemed a little down in the dumps in the preceding weeks, our family were very busy with work and could have spent more time with him. He refused food and vomited for a week and lost a lot of weight. He was also drinking excessive amounts of water. I came home from working away and took him to the vet (I suggest not waiting as long as we did). He was given an injection followed by tablets daily of antibiotics.

There was no initial recovery for 2 days, we thought he may have an intestinal blockage and was being poisoned so got him blood tests and xray of his bowels.


mass in area of pancreas, no intestinal blockages evident.
high CK, AST, GGT, ridiculously high Lipase, high Amylase, high Calcium.

The verdict was a possible pancreatic tumour and recommended an ultrasound to confirm. Possible flushing of Calcium suggested

Our family opted to bring him home. We realised he is filtering out the Calcium through his kidneys by excessive drinking of water. Were thinking about putting him down.

I put honey in his dog bowl and sometimes put an sugary icy block in it aswell. He was given approximately 5 lollies. He started to recover and ate white rice with chicken and veges. We gave him flax seed oil and fish oil. Moved on to pototo/carrot/sweet potato pancakes. Also pasta.

He was recovering well, but still lethargic in the mornings and at night. Lunch time was his best time. I played with him all weekend, he looked very happy. He started refusing the bland food and wanting the food us humans were eating especially fatty takeaway. We gave him a few chips (fries!) which he golloped up so fast. We also stopped the antibiotic pills half way thru the course (mistake I know), my mum felt that they could be making him sick, however in hindsight he got better and improved after he started taking them. I hope that by doing this we encouraged bacterial resistance. He started pooing again, however they were very orange and blackened in the sun. His urine was foamy.

I went away for work, said my goodbye, and he got very ill the next day. Vomiting yellow/orange again. What a rise and a crash. Refusing food. Took to vet and given more injections of antibiotics. No improvement. I have come home from work and my fluffy white teddy bear is very sick. His eyes look very puffy and he has lost more weight. He is still drinking excessively.

We are about to put him down at the vet. He is going to do it in the car and we are going to wrap him in a sheet and bring him home. He has had lots of visitors because he is a beautiful dog and wouldnt hurt anybody. He is 8 but very young at heart, he loves his teddy bears. He hasn't even snapped at us when forcing him to do things whilst he is ill (drink water, eat food, take pills etc).

He still wags his tale at visitors because he is so brave and good at hiding his sickness from us. I couldnt have asked for a better dog. He is named after Peter Sumich from the West Coast Eagles (Australian AFL football).

My biggest regret with my dog is giving him commercial dog food. In hindsight this may have upset his skin allergies and may have reduced his life expectancy. He got very sick initially after consuming a tin of dog food that he normally doesnt have. Also he ran into the lake which may have been polluted. These factors may have aggravated an underlying condition.

All I can say is give your dogs lots of cuddles and attention for me, and more walks. Dogs are our best friends and change our lives for the better.

Cheers, Bee
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I saw your post earlier today and the elevated calcium levels in your pup made my heart sink. Those are the same symptoms my Arby went through in her final days. My heart goes out to you. Hugs hugs hugs
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Im so sorry..Im sure this must be so hard on you and your family...will keep you in my thoughts and prayers

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