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Hi everyone, I am reaching out if anyone else went through this with their dog. Cody has Liver disease treated for many years and has been fabulous... until his last two blood test alksphose rose to 300 then the next month 500 level. Cody has No symptoms what so ever being sick.. so I asked the vet if I can do a ultrasound just to have peace of mind that he is doing ok.. his other liver values are good in the 100’s so we weren’t concerned. With that said my baby had the ultrasound and I was shocked to hear that my baby has a 3 x3cm liver mass. And we can’t do a biopsy to see if it’s benign or malignant cause they said the mass is so tucked under his rib cage. Cody is 13 years old. Now the only cure is to get surgery , radiation and chemo doesn’t apply to this. Has anyone been through this with their Maltese getting this liver mass? I am so frightened to do surgery at his age . I hear it’s slow growing but I have to wait one more month to take another ultrasound to see if it grows. Either way does anyone have insight on this ? Cody is such a angel. Thanks to all.
 

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Sorry to hear about Cody developing the liver mass. The only experiences we have gone through with Pork Chop that is slightly similar dealing with a liver shunt issue when Pork Chop was very young, and of course surgeries as Pork Chop have had several procedures already since his childhood to now being at the age of 6 year old.

When we first got Pork Chop, very soon at his early age routine tests identify the a liver shunt issue and we opted to do the surgical procedure right away to ensure that Pork Chop does not develop any serious complications later on with his life.

So on the Cody liver mass; our opinion is if you are financially able to pursue the surgery, then consider doing the surgery earlier while Cody is not showing any symptoms rather than risking later on where the mass could expand and become a larger and more complicated problem to deal with, and possibly more costly as well. There are always risks involved with surgery such as how your dog responds to the anesthesia, etc. But to be honest, the medical science and technologies today are so much more advance so we recommend that you do research and select the correct specialist that has extensive experience with dealing with this type of liver mass and surgical removal of the mass.

Hope the information helps to guide you on your decision and we're praying for precious Cody.

Vinh & Ann
 

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Thankyou so much everyone for your prayers and important information. That means so much to me. I am leaning towards surgery but very frightened of the anesthesia at his age of being 13 and how fast the recovery period will take. Codys sleep pattern changed in the past few months too due to his age and that concerns me is he too old to get surgery. I soon to get more answers after the second ultrasound in a month. Then I was thinking did anyone Ever get a cat scan on their pet before surgery To make it easier for the surgeon. 87A58556-01C2-4CD6-9A7B-6D9A46F056F0.jpeg
 

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Yes, if you can please do a CT SCAN. Our Porky is currently dealing with a tumor and regrowth tumor cells. Around November of last year, all of a sudden Porky started to show signs of pain and discomfort and through several exams and tests, they finally identify the root cause as a spinal tumor. We had to rush him to Mississippi State University and they did an MRI to confirm the tumor followed by surgery to remove the tumor. The procedure was successful and Porky started to recover quickly between Jan - Feb 2020 but then the tumor cell rapidly regrow and Porky starts to shows the same signs and symptoms and currently he is undergoing a series of radiation therapy at LSU hoping to stop the tumor growth and getting the tumor cell to shrinks. LSU did multiple CT SCAN to confirm the tumor regrow and an area where the tumor cells are concentrated. So in summary, if you're dealing with a liver mass, I believe CT SCAN is a better option than MRI to identify and narrow down the area of the mass. But do please consult with your Vet to get all of the information and options so you can make an educated decision. We'll continue to pray for Cody and please post update to let us know how Cody is doing.
 

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Thankyou so much and I am so so sorry for your baby going through this as well. These poor innocent souls. I hope pork chop feels and gets better with all the treatment fast. What a trooper. What a sweet photo of your baby. Thankyou for letting me know your situation, it helps me along the way with Cody. I will ask my vet about the cat scan as well too. I will keep you updated and let you know what happens. I will say prayers for your baby too. Thanks again.
 

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Cody has his Surgery today. The vet removed his liver tumor hopefully the biopsy comes back benign. He is doing good alittle figity from the anesthesia. He’s in pain as he wants to walk but can’t so he cries because he can’t move. Or he can be still alittle dopie from meds. Finally fell asleep after taking strong pain meds he was fighting all the way. I pray he heals fast and nothing grows back. Wanted to let everyone know he is doing good so far from this scary surgery.
 

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When does the biopsy come back? Prayers for you!
 

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I still didn’t get the results from the lab yet, hopefully I get the answer soon. Cody been in lots of pain the first few days. He was on burpenx and tramadol. Tramadol was his ticket to make him feel ok. If he’s not on that he’s shivering and shaking and panting. I have been up every single night getting maybe 2 hour sleep a day watching over him. I am sleep tired but i don’t want him scratching or licking his incision. It’s really long with inside stitches and skin has staples to keep it shut. I will say even though it’s huge it’s a clean incision. I was so worried one night panting for 4 hours straight and I kept counting his Breathing rate was increased. I was texting my vet at crazy hours and she was there getting back to me thank god. He’s all bruised up on his legs and tummy.poor baby The vet said that his other organs look good. So I am praying the tumor comes back benign. Sorry I didn’t write sooner I been cooking all sorts of different food for hours to have him eat instead of his dog food. Ground turkey no, ground chicken no, chicken breast no, sweet potatoes no oatmeal no, omg but if he sniffs cat food. Well he would eat that stuff ! If he had a chance!! So that night he settled with Cheerios. Just to get something in him to get meds. Thanks so much for thinking of me! Means a lot! I hope your baby is doing ok too!!!!! I must say your baby has such a sweet sweet face!!!!! Just adorable!! What they these babies do for us!! I love Cody sooooooo much!!!!
 

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This is a photo of Lisi's recent (& 2nd surgery to remove her mass). It is much nicer than the first surgery & did not seem to bother her as much. She does have a soft cone that she wears which really helps, but she did not bother it this time like last time. Does your guy wear a collar? Maybe you could sleep better. I will do a shot of the collar too.
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apparently the upper photo did not load---probably too large & I don't know how to make is smaller!
 

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Your baby is a trooper! What a beautiful little strong girl!! Cody’s looks just like that but is closed with stitches and staples. I have a blue soft cone but I don’t put it on him because he’s literally blind and I am by his side every minute of the day and so far he hasn’t tried to get to it with his mouth only once in a while he scratches it with his back legs. I got bad news this morning, I am so sad, the biopsy last month was begnin. But the tumor came back that he has “well differentiated hepatocellular carcinoma and when they removed the tumor then they didn’t get all the margins of the tumor because of the blood vessels. And now he has to go on chemo 3 pills palladia a week for 3 months . I hope he doesn’t get any side effects from this and I asked the vet how long does he have probably less then a year I think. I hope the chemo stops it. I am sooo nervous to give him it I hate to see him in pain. He gets lots of GI trouble too. This is the 2nd surgery for your baby? She looks great!!! What type of cancer and did she have to go on chemo ? You are so kind to let me know your experiences it means so much to me. I pray for your baby too!! I don’t sleep much at night these days. This is Cody’s belly when he came home the first night. And Cody with a purple soft covering For the belly. Cody’s strong but I don’t know if it grew back can you get another surgery to remove it again? I haven’t come to that point yet but I am hoping the chemo kills it. He’s my baby that I love sooo much💞🐾🐾🐾
 

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I will try to answer as best I remember your questions.
Lisi has had 2 surgeries in the last 6 months. It is a very, very rare kind of cancer of the small bowel (intestine) & apparently very aggressive. There is nothing more than can be done to help her. It is growing back very quickly now. Lisi did have great margins & altogether they took out about 14 inches on her small intestine. She doesn't have much endurace---can't walk very far, so we use the stroller to walk w/her & Kitzi. At the moment she is eating well (she stopped altogether for about a week before the 2nd surgery. She has always had a great appetite.
I hope your Cody does well w/chemo---it is much easier for dogs than for humans. Please let us know how things go. Warm hugs from my house.
 

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Thankyou for your guidance , your poor baby Lisi is so strong to get two surgeries in 6 months! I think these babies are stronger then us. I do hope Lisi feels better I will say prayers for Lisi !!! 💞 I am very frightened to administer the chemo drug Palladia to Cody. I read up on studies of this chemo drug and it can have some Ugly side effects. Some cause GI Bleeding, GI perforations, vascular problems and blood clots and more... I wish I knew someone who had a dog that took this chemo drug to hear if they had any trouble from taking it. Stay strong with your Lisi Too. They are here with us to short.. and my heart aches to hear and see them in pain. Thanks so much and warm hugs to you too💞🐾
 

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Your dog is beautiful. Im so sorry hes not feeling all that well. Hang in there. I cant even imagine how hard this is.
 

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Hi, I am sitting here looking at Cody and was thinking of your baby Lisi. Hope she is feeling better too and still eating up a storm. Cody starts palladia tonight and so scared of the side effects. Hope he can handle the medicine. Hope your Lisi surgery is healing and getting back to herself too.
 

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Thank you so much for your good wishes. We have good & not so good days. Tonight Lisi did not walk at all----she was content to just ride in her stroller while Kitzi walked. She did not want to go out back either---but tomorrow may be different.
So how is our little Cody doing w/the palladia? Just remember that side effects must be listed by law, but that does not mean they will have any or all of them. A friend recommended something for dogs w/cancer that I need to research, but I try not to get my hopes up as the prognosis was clear.
 
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