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Not sure where to post this but since my poodle Beaux is one of the top three relationships in my life

I will just write here.  He is a sweet, affectionate, gentle little white 16 lb boy.  I keep him groomed or I USED

to keep him groomed because the virus and the closure of the pet grooming salons.

Anyway, a week ago on a Sunday night he wasn't acting like himself.

I took him out to potty and it looked like blood - black and runny.  So I snatched the specimen

with the poop bag.  Next morning I took him to the local Vet for a checkup and testing of the specimen. 

She called me the next morning early and was going on and on about his white blood cells and red blood cells

being abnormal.  I finally interrupted her and said "Are you trying to tell me you think my dog might have cancer?"

Her answer was yes.  I burst into sobs and my husband took the phone.

At this point Beaux would not eat, was not wagging his tail, and did not want to walk.

It was decided that we would drive straight to a speciality / emergency / oncology Vet ($$$) for an ultrasound

and some fresh specialist eyes. 

We drove down to another city and the triage nurse came out and checked us in while we remained in the car.

The whole experience took six hours.  Dogs go in to the clinic, people stay outside due to Corona Virus.

There were a lot of unhappy looking people sitting in their cars with their dogs or cats.

We had to wait because it is an emergency room and they triage. 

We mostly sat there, though we did drive over to Burger King to drive thru and eat.

Finally the vet called us.  He thinks Beaux has an ulcer, and a swollen lymph gland, 

and a benign cyst on his kidney and some sludge in his gallbladder.

But NO sign of cancer.  Yay!

The thought of losing Beaux was just overwhelming and rocked my mental stability.

We started him on several medications, one of which is pink like pepto bismol and

I squirt it into his mouth.  He does not fight it too much, just a little.

After a day or two on meds he started eating a little bit of chicken and rice.  He has gradually

over the week started eating.  This morning he had a healthy looking poop.

We took him back to the primary Vet  for another check up this morning

She'll call me tomorrow with the blood results.  

I think he is going to be ok.  It has been very expensive.

If I had lost my dog during the pandemic I think I would have lost my marbles.

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I totally get it. I’ve had sick dogs and it’s wrenching. And my dog died just days after my brother died, so I get the timing issue, too. Also the expense issue. I hope your dog keeps getting better and thrives. 

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I'm glad things are looking up for Beaux and that he continues to improve. He's adorable by the way.

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He's just as cute as he can be! I'm glad the story ended well. I've been through it with my two kitties, expensive vet and all. One of  them had lung cancer, but after surgery and chemo (!!!) he lived another three years. I quit counting the money after a while, I still have no idea what it ultimately ended up costing, but it was so worth it, and I'm lucky I had a good job at the time and was able to pay for it. He was two months short of 18, which is too bad as I had planned on registering him to vote. I hope Beaux continues to improve!  

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It’s so difficult to know when a pet is sick, because they can’t tell you. Good for you for being so attuned to him and observant and noticing when he wasn’t well.

I’m glad he’s getting better.

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I hope Beaux keeps getting better! I have lost dogs to cancer before, as well as other illnesses, and just to advanced age, and it's all absolutely devastating. We had to have our 15 year old Rottweiller/Lab mix, Susan, put down last year about this time. She was such a sweet, affectionate dog with such a vibrant personality. I'm both a dog and a cat person, but I think dogs win me over. There's just something super special about them to me.

This is one of the last good pictures of Susan I took. She was in the middle of doin' a blep with her tongue. She always did funny things with her tongue when I took pictures of her. Just thought I'd share since you shared such a nice picture of your beautiful fur baby. ❤️

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On 5/18/2020 at 5:09 PM, sugarsugar said:

I totally get it. I’ve had sick dogs and it’s wrenching. And my dog died just days after my brother died, so I get the timing issue, too. Also the expense issue. I hope your dog keeps getting better and thrives. 

your dog died after your brother died, that is too much grief   sorry

17 hours ago, mikl_pls said:

This is one of the last good pictures of Susan I took. She was in the middle of doin' a blep with her tongue. She always did funny things with her tongue when I took pictures of her. Just thought I'd share since you shared such a nice picture of your beautiful fur baby. ❤️

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That is a good picture of Susan.

Beaux is doing much better

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Beaux is doing much better

His blood work is improved and he is responded to the ulcer medication

he is eating chicken and rice with just a little bit of kibble

and I am so happy he does not have cancer

plus glad I noticed right away and took action

 

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It's good to hear that your adorable Beaux is on the mend..

Going through such a thing is very hard..

I'm glad everything is going well..

May you rest easy and Beaux continue to get better..

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Thank you for all the kind messages.  Beaux seems to feel better.

He is still on a rice and chicken diet and taking antacids for his ulcer.

 

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