My golden Abby is 11 yrs. old. Last year she started eating less and was losing weight. Her Vet did some blood work and then an ultrasound and found 3 growths on her liver. She put a needle into the center of each to see if they were cancer. They were not but she didn't think one could be removed due to its size and location. A year ago Abby weighed 130 lbs and now weighs 80. She also is in the early stage of kidney disease which affects her appetite. Some days she will not eat no matter what I give her. My questions is, do you know of anything natural or otherwise that I or her Vet could give her that might shrink the growths?
You have already made good strides at gaining more information about Abby's condition. Many of the larger breeds of dogs will have growths on their livers and/or spleens as they get into their senior years. In past years, before the fairly common availability of ultrasound, those growths might not have been as easily detected. Your veterinarian has given you a lot to think about from her findings.
It's good to know that the growths were not cancerous, but it would help to know if they were benign growths or even cysts. Also, the nature of Abby's "early stage of kidney disease" might help you better understand why she is not eating more normally. Some kidney disorders are slow to progress in the older dog and, with a proper "kidney" diet (lower amount of protein or a higher quality protein), a lot of these dogs will do quite well.
At this point, from what you've described, it's hard to tell what is bothering Abby more--the growths on her liver or the kidney disease. My feeling is that it would more likely be the kidney problem. Also, I am not aware of any products that would help "shrink" the liver growths.
If you happen to live near a university veterinary teaching hospital, you should consider having a consultation with their specialists. A second alternative would be if your town has any veterinary medical internal medicine specialists you could visit.
It may be that your best approach will be to assure that Abby is getting a high quality senior dog food, with emphasis on her kidney problem, along with possibly a good vitamin supplement.
I wish you well in your effort to help Abby do better.
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