Over the past two weeks Meeka's (BRAT rescue, 7-9 yrs old) stomach has looked bloated. We talked to the vet and thought she was just gaining weight because I switched her food a couple months ago and it has more calories per cup (and she has had weight issues in the past). The vet said to cut back the amount of food and give it some time to see if she sheds some of the pounds. She was at the vet a week and a half ago (for a bite wound from our BRAT foster) and they didn't say anything about her stomach.
Well over the past couple days she hasnt been eating much, and she usually loves her food. This morning she wouldnt touch her food. When I went to pick her up off the bed she screamed in pain. At that point I knew something was wrong, it wasnt just weight gain. The vet is usually open Saturdays so I went up there this morning and they were closed. I went to the emergency vet (who also has different specialists).
They did an exam and told me she has fluid build up in her stomach. What type of fluid or why was unknown, so they ran blood work, sampled the fluid and took xrays. The heart specialist listened to her heart and doesnt think it is related to the heart. Blood came back pretty normal, she was slightly dehydrated and her liver levels were very mildly elevated, but the vet said not enough to indicate anything is wrong with the liver. The fluid had no bacteria and they don't know what it is, it was pale yellow. It got sent out, results should be coming in 24 hours. xrays came back normal. The vet called the clinics oncologist and they think it is cancer in her stomach. The oncologist isnt in until tuesday. Meeka will go back tuesday for a full stomach ultrasound and additional tests. It was VERY expensive today, I don't even want to think about how much the ultrasound and tests on tuesday are going to cost.
They drained 500 ml of fluid to remove pressure and make her more comfortable until we can get her back to see the specialist.
Has anyone here dealt with fluid in the stomach, or stomach cancer?
I am very worried about her.
not eating (still drinking), bloated, and pain in abdomin are symptoms, she has not had any vomitting or diarrhea..