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    Default Re: Some major decisions needing to be considered concerning my baby boy.

    The specialist said if they sedate him for an MRI, then they would also do the spinal tap at the same time. Poor Vegas.....he'd have to be shaved AGAIN. I'd forgotten that they don't pay for office visits. I'll submit it anyway..who knows. Maybe they will pay for the blood work.
    Does anyone know what a brain lesion is?

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    @Libra926 ...... Gracie and I just got home from her vet. She was due for one of her annual shots. Anyway, we spent most of the appointment talking about Vegas. Lesion vs. Tumor: Saying that he may have a brain lesion is like saying he may have something wrong with his brain. A Tumor is only one thing that it could be. It could be injured area, chemical problem, etc, etc, etc. So you can see that a lesion is a general term where as a tumor is more specific. An MRI could possibly tell you what the problem is or eliminate certain problems without telling you what it is exactly. Dr. Singh said he would try everything else first before an MRI because of the expense. He also said that your vet should sit down with you and explain each option and what the feasibility of success is with each one. When I said that Vegas' phenobarbatol was dosed at the low end he wondered why they hadn't increased it. He also said to make it clear that not having seen Vegas or know anything about him it is almost impossible to say anything with any confidence. He said he is only saying these things as a general information and that is all. He also said he'd be glad to see Vegas...... He was kidding, I had told him where you live.
    Besides that, Princess for some reason has gained 2 pounds and he recommended reducing her food to 3/4 per meal. And that we should start cleaning her ears ourselves instead of having Petsmart do it because they aren't doing a very good job. lol

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    Default Re: Some major decisions needing to be considered concerning my baby boy.

    @BruceP how dare you put the princess on a diet!!! I know the feeling tho, turns out Cutty has gained 2 pounds since changing to fromm grain free. PIGGY! So the boys are now cut down as well and act as if they are starved. haha.

    @Libra926 I think you have gotten all the advice that i would give already. I just hope you get this figured out one way or another, I know how much you love Vegas and this must just be so difficult! (hug) Whatever you decide to do will be the right choice, go with your gut instinct once you get all the answers you need.

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    Glad Bruce got that info on lesion versus tumor. I was trying to research last night so I could give a more informed response. But if I were you I would say it definitely looks like more information is needed to make a decision. Jillh10s thoughts and questions were exactly what was going through my mind, she just always puts things in words way better than I ever can. I know Vegas is a four legged son to you and being that I feel the same way with Sam I hurt for you, I can't imagine how hard this is for you to deal with. Much love, support and prayers being sent your way!

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    @BruceP
    The reason for the lack of increase is because of me. I know the phenobarb causes liver damage. We have them checked (enzyme levels) and they are slightly increased. The last time he was on this dose, he was having a hard time walking. I'm going to give this dose another try and see where it takes us. If his back legs are affected...then its time to look at other drugs.

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    Oh my, I am SOOOO sorry you're going thru this. I really have nothing to add that hasn't already been said. I know you will do the right thing for him after you get all the info, on all your different options. I will be praying for you, Vegas and his Drs.

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    Default Re: Some major decisions needing to be considered concerning my baby boy.

    Now keep in mind I am speaking from a "human" pathophysiology point of view. Really a brain lesion is some kind of tumor - either benign or not benign. Lesion indicates a growth. That can cause seizures for obvious reasons. A stroke is usually caused by a infarction (loss of oxygen) to the brain - ie: blood clot.. or a stroke can be caused by a bleed. Anti seizure medications can be funny in humans - if those levels are not at a therapeutic level..it's common to have seizures. It could be as simple as that. A CT or MRI is probably the only way you are going to tell if this is caused by a lesion - you will see the growth. Or if there has been a bleed or an infarct - a stroke. What I ALWAYS tell patients/families when they are considering very invasive testing is - what are you going to do if what they are looking for is found? Are you going to do surgery? This is my opinion only.. if you can get this phenobarb levels up to the higher end of the range, or try a different medication.. then you know it was that. If it's a lesion (tumor) or stroke what are you going to do? A lesion may be a very expensive surgery which may be a benign or not benign tumor..or if it's a stroke - once they are "old" there is not much you are going to be able to do for that. I hope I made sense.... I know how hard it is to make these decisions.
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    Default Re: Some major decisions needing to be considered concerning my baby boy.

    Wow! My heart breaks that you have to go through this with your beautiful bully. In my practice I ask my patients to weigh the risks and benefits of a procedure and what they plan on doing with the information. I work with mostly palliative patients and really knowing what is going on inside doesnt make a difference in their plan of care, then is it really something they want to go through. I know that it is alot of money to have a MRI done but if knowing exactly what is going on can help with Vegas' plan of care I think I would probably do it. I would definately try all my other non-invasive options first such as trying to increase meds or trying a different med. I think I would also like to have the opinion of the neurologist. I hope that helps a little. Know that your are in my thoughts and I think that you can feel all the support from you EBN family. I think I can speak for everyone that we all Vegas!!
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