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Molly needs help!!! -- Lost her battle

Hello everyone, I joined yesterday but I was to troubled to post. This is my first post and I wish that it had to do with something else. Molly is our 4 yr old golden that we have owned since she was 8 weeks old. Last week she started not eating. This has happened in the past she would go for a day or two and then all would be okay after she would pass a rock. She likes to eat rocks. She is a inside dog, we live on 2 acres that is fenced in and we have a doggie dog so she can go in and out when needed. She's normally a active dog. We work out of our home so we are in constant contact with her. It has been about 5 days now and she has lost about 25 pounds. Last Sunday morning we took her to the emergency room, they did x-rays and blood work. The x-rays did show a rock about the size of a quarter and the Dr. said that because of where it was he didn't think that was the cause of her not eating. The blood work showed that her white cell count was very high but everything else was in line. They ruled out cancer. Her temp and breathing is normal. They wanted to keep her overnight but we brought her home and then took her to our vet first thing Monday morning. He took more x-rays and compared them from the day before and the rock has moved only about 1/4". Molly is drinking water and urinating fine, she has not thrown up. She spent all day at the vet and we picked her up last night. The vet said that since she is drinking and moving around for us to keep giving her the antibiotics and feed her high fiber foods. Feeding her is the problem, about every 5 hours we give her 1 tsp mineral oil, then we give her some yogurt. We have to force feed her and the yogurt is the only thing that she seems to be swallowing. This is just breaking our hearts because we feel that we should be doing more. We are planning on calling the vet tomorrow but if anyone has any suggestions on some type of food or recipe we would be grateful.
Thanks in advanced for any suggestions.
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Im so sorry that you all are going through this..poor Molly. I do not have any advice to offer, just wanted you to know I was thinking about Molly and hoping everything turns out ok for her.
 

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Welcome. I'm sorry you are going through this with Molly. I have no advice but to look for a second opinion and quickly. 25# is HUGE weight loss for a golden. Something is certainly wrong and needs to be corrected quickly. Please keep us posted on how she is doing. Our thoughts are with her.
 

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I would get a second opinion as well. This is a different species but my son's cat had something stuck in her that was little and should have passed as well but because of where it got stuck, she almost died. The high white count is a sign of infection but also maybe it's due to the foriegn body. The amount of weight loss seems unreal for only 5 days - Now, I don't claim to know much about anything, but I know if I was in your situation, I would get a second opinion. Good news is, your dog is young and strong but remember, time is never your friend.
 

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I would certainly get a second opinion asap. Obstructions need to be handled... and quickly to avoid peritonitis and other complications. I agree with the others that have said 25 lbs is a big weight loss and needs to be addressed.
 

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I'm sorry that you & your Molly are going through this....unfortunately, I don't have any advice, either, but I'll be thinking of you all. I agree with the previous posts, I"d definitely be getting another opinion ASAP - if the two vets you've seen haven't helped, find another. Please do post again and let us know how she's doing.

Best wishes for your girl....
 

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I agree with everyone else and get a second opinion asap. There is something called satin balls that you can make. Here is the recipe. Maybe that will help her eat. The weight loss scares me alot.
Satin Balls:
5 lbs cheap hamburger (for high fat %)
1/2 large box Total cereal (about 6 cups cereal)
1/2 large box uncooked oatmeal (about 7.5 cups oats)
5 raw eggs
1/2 of 15oz jar wheat germ (about 2 cups)
5 packages Knox unflavored gelatin
5/8 cup vegetable oil (this is pretty close to 2/3 cup)
5/8 cup unsulphered molasses
pinch of salt
 

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thanks for everyone's reply. Molly's yearly check up was last March, she was at 117 lbs. she's a big (not fat) girl. When we took her to the emergency room she weight in at 92 lbs. We are going to check with 2 other vets in the morning. The first two mentioned exploratory surgery but said they would not do it until her white blood cell count was down. They also said that she is young and that is on her side. Some of the good news is, she is drinking water, she is not throwing up and she is keeping her medicine down. We'll try the satin balls, its just that she turns away from any food that we put in front of her. I will post more tomorrow after we talk to the other vets. I have to go sit with my little girl now, I have the graveyard shift. If you would like to see our family we made a website just for our dogs: DiamondDogHouse.com
I'll get back tomorrow on Molly's condition and I want to say thanks again for every ones replies.

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lyme disease????

was there a test for lyme disease?? my golden had alot of weight loss quick and refused to eat when she had lyme disease. She saw immediate improvement with the right antibiotics.
 

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A few weeks ago my 2 yr old golden stopped eating (at first she wasn't eating all of her food and gradually she stopped eating most of her food) and it turned out to be worms. The vet gave her a broad spectrum wormer and she is back to her old self. Tapeworms don't always show up in a stool culture. Good luck and welcome to the forum! :wavey:
 

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Good luck at the vets - hmm, this lyme disease thing is good advice to as it affects dogs different ways - same with diabetes - that would cause rapid weight loss. All of the different ideas are - so I hope you ask the vet about all the different things that the people here have been through medically. It would be great if it were something that could be treated by medicine rather than surgery. Hoping for good news from the second vet or at least, that this vet figured out what was going on and has a treatment plan in affect.
 

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Just checked the post this morning before we go, all great suggestions. It may be late but I'll keep you updated. Here's a pic of our wonderful girl. Just a little story before I go, My wife and I adopted 4 boys about 6 months ago. We had fostered the boys for about 2 years and the youngest was 3 and he use to have nightmares and didn't want to go to bed. When it was bedtime we would tell Molly to put Austin to bed and she would go into his room and get into bed with him and stay at the foot of his bed until he would fall asleep. To this day when Austin goes outside to play Molly is right with him.
Will update later.

Molly
 

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She is just beautiful. Good luck at the vet. I am thinking about her!
 

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Just checking in to see if there's an update. Thoughts and prayers coming from our house. The story about Austin is so touching... there is nothing better than a boy and his dog!!! And bless you for adopting FOUR..... what a full house you must have.... lots of activity and love.
 

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Just a quick update, Molly is staying overnight and they are going to do more test. We are watching her very close and now we are worried because she has not urinated since yesterday and my wife feels that maybe her kidneys may be shutting down. We are still giving her the antibiotics and we fed her a malt made up of chicken, yogurt, pedialyte water and a little vegetable oil (tbsp). We got about 4 oz in her. She still has not thrown up and I guess that would be about the only good sign. We are told that if they do surgery she probably will not make it but if we wait like we are doing she will probably not make it either.... I feel like I'm not doing enough for her.

I'll update later if anything changes.

another pic of Molly
 

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We had a 10 year old golden almost die from an obstruction that was left undetected. She had eaten a sock and the vet missed it in the xray. It got literally STUCK in her large intestine and she couldn't pass it. A large portion of her intestines died and we had emergency surgery to save her and remove the sock. The had to take out all the dead intestine and re-attach it.

Is she still pooping okay? I would really consider having them go in there and get it out asap as you would hate to lose her! 25 lbs is a huge weight loss! We were very lucky and got 5 more years out of precious Cassidy until she passed away at age 15.
 
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