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My dog has been sick

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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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That's great news about Beaux!  May he continue to get better.  He has a good mom.

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So glad he's ok.  I know my dogs are my lifeline right now, the stress of your situation must have been awful.  I wish Beaux all the best for his continuing recovery!

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Posted (edited)

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Edited by coraline

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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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A lot can change in 20 days.  It no longer seems like Beaux just has an ulcer.

It is looking more like Leukemia.  I am heartbroken.  I have already spent $1600 and

I don't have a diagnosis.  But this week we see two specialists, Veterinarian specialists.

One is in Internist and the other treats dogs with cancer and uses alternative treatments.

Beaux has low platelets.  He had two blood tests last week.  In one he had 16 platelets

and in the other he had 12 platelets. He is supposed to have hundreds of platelets.

There is still blood  in his stool, some vomiting, some bruising on his body, and some blood on his gums.

Sometimes he is lethargic and does not want to walk.  I am not supposed to over exert him.

Still eating chicken and rice.

 

I am suffering grief, anxiety, and fear. He is the best dog I have ever had and we are very close.

I can't imagine life without him and he is only ten years old. 

Let's hope I get some answers about his health.

If you are the praying type please pray for us.  Good thoughts are welcome too.

 

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I'm so sorry Ladybug - I will keep you all in my thoughts.  Hopefully you can get some answers and get an idea for treatments/prognosis.  You're a good dog mama.

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I’m sorry to hear your dog is so ill and I’m hoping for the best. You are taking good care of him.  

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Posted (edited)

So sorry to hear that, ladybug. Sending healing thoughts to Beaux. I hope the vets can help him.

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Thank you all for responding.  I am sitting at my desk crying.

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I’m so sorry about the news and situation. I’ve lost dogs and it’s been so hard, but having a sick dog is extremely difficult, I feel for you. 

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I'm so sorry to hear the news about Beaux, sending good thoughts your way...

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