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DesertRose 
Posted: 15-Sep-2004, 02:42 PM
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I am writing this cause I am feeling down right now about my one Sheltie dog. He is at the vet right now having further tests. For the past five months he has been sick with diarrhea and they cannot find the cause of it. We have done blood work, x-rays, cultures and now today I take him in and the vet says Teddy Bear has heart arrythmia and wants to do x-rays on his heart and chest cause right now he is more worried about his heart than his diarrhea, which they are treating, btw. but that is symptomatic. Depending on what all this shows, they will do further tests. I love this dog very much and he loves his mommy more than anything. It broke my heart to have to leave him at the vet today for all those tests. Plus, he is costing me an arm and a leg to do it all. and now they are talking probable taking him to a specialist up in the Phoenix area. I hate the thought of having to drive a sick dog an hour drive in this 105 heat, but if it has to be done, then it does. He is 13 years old and the average life span for a Sheltie is 13-16. I have never had one live past 13. So it is like what do you do and how far do you go. I just want to find out what is wrong with my dog and see if it is treatable.

Plus, my hubby had major surgery a few months ago and we are still paying those medical bills. Between both boys, they are costing a lot of money!

anybody else suffering with sick animals right now or have been recently? What all did you go through and what decisions did you have to make?


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Posted: 15-Sep-2004, 03:20 PM
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I haven't had my dogs long enough to go through this yet. However, I'm dreading it, because my oldest baby is 9 years old. I'll keep you and your "boys" in my prayers. unsure.gif


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Posted: 15-Sep-2004, 04:18 PM
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CelticRose, I know how you feel! I just had to put my dog, Amber ( golden retriever-Irish setter mix) to sleep Aug. 4th. She got bloat in the middle of the night, and it would have cost over $2000 to do surgery. I'm a single mother, so it wasn't an option.

I will be praying for your dogs, for you and for your finances. We know that whatever happens, God uses it for good, but that doesn't make it any easier. I still miss Amber every day - she was only 4 - and always will. Right now it's hard, because it seems as if she never was here - only a memory or a figment of my imagination. Too easily have we slipped back into our old routines, and I am heartbroken about it.

I am sure that Teddy Bear will be just fine, and I look forward to hearing good news from you about him!


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Posted: 15-Sep-2004, 06:36 PM
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Well I just came from the vet and the news is not good. My Teddy Bear has a very enlarged heart, a mass on the left site which could indicate either heartworm disease, congestive heart failure, or cancer. We ran some more tests to see what could be determined. I will hear some results in the morning. this dog was a rescue dog that I took in from a very bad situation many years ago. He has been my buddy ever since. He is the sweetest boy. He took to me right away like I took to him. He traveled with me to many Native American powwows and has been so devoted to me. Now I fear losing him. when the vet told me all this I stood there and bawled like a big baby. I was so embarrassed but could not stop myself. The vet was very comforting and took my hand and hugged it. I am still bawling like a big baby...............over a dog! Just like Jack Nicholson said in the movie "As Good As It Get's" when he was playing on the piano......."all over a dog!" well my dogs are my babies and I hurt when they hurt and mourn horribly when I have to lose them.

Will keep you posted for those who care. sad.gif
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Rose my sheltie , Jennie Light Brown of James, died of this same conditon many years ago at the age of 13, it seems to be an inherant trait of the breed. I know that it does not make it easier on you to hear that. I wish we had had her put down instead of watching her deteriorate like she did . We were taking her out side by picking her up and holding her up while she did her bussiness because she could not stand on her own. You could see the shame and embarisment in her eyes. She died in my wifes arms and is burried in our back yard. Be kind and follow your heart.


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Rose, have you heard anything new? How are things? I am so sorry for your news, and ache with you. Our dogs are our best friends, and show us what unconditional love truly is. I know this has to be so hard for you, and I am praying for you!
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Oh my goodness, Shadows! Your Sheltie had the same thing? And inherent thing, eh? Wow! I never knew that. I have had five Shelties in my life and they never seem to live past 13 and TB is 13. However, Teddy Bear is not as bad your Sheltie, yet......... He can walk on his own.........very weak at the back legs though. but I am always out there when he goes potty to see if he has diarrhea and he acts like "mom! I want some privacy." Amazing how dogs even have pride! I can no longer take him for a walk though as he gets out of breath very easily and does a bull head stop when he has had enough.

Thank you for preparing me Shadows. hug.gif I will follow my heart and do what is best for my dog. It will be very hard to let him go when that times comes, as you know.

Susie! I have not heard any results of yesterday's blood work yet. My vet is very good at getting hold of me whenever. so I am just patiently trying to wait on him to call me. Thanks for you thoughts and prayers! Hugs to you too!
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QUOTE (CelticRose @ 15-Sep-2004, 07:36 PM)
Now I fear losing him. when the vet told me all this I stood there and bawled like a big baby. I was so embarrassed but could not stop myself. The vet was very comforting and took my hand and hugged it. I am still bawling like a big baby...............over a dog!

I think everyone who loves their pets ends up feeling that way.. Don't feel embarassed...
I'll be thinking of you Rose.
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All life is sacred, animal, plant or human... we must do what our spirit tells us is right.

Rose my prayers to the creator are for you and your loved pet!
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Posted: 17-Sep-2004, 05:16 PM
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Thank you all for your prayers and good wishes. Teddy Bear got some of his blood work back today and it was all normal, which I am thankful for. They are still running the Valley fever test which is a fungus here you get living in the desert. Both humans and animals get it from the spores of the desert ground. Teddy Bear had this several years ago and was very sick. He is supposedly in remission now as once you get it, you always have it. but this mass in his lungs next to his heart is either a recurrence of the Valley fever or scar tissue from it. We will know more next week. I have noticed a great decline in this dog. He is weak and sleeps all day and night. As long as he is not in any pain or suffering, I will not put him down. He also has this nuisance of diarrhea and we are still tackling that. I can tell when this dog is in pain and I don't see any evidence of that this week. Sorry to ramble. unsure.gif

I have another Sheltie who is not happy that TB is getting so much attention.........oops! Gotta work on that! rolleyes.gif
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Posted: 17-Sep-2004, 09:40 PM
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Rose,
My prayers go out to you and your beloved pet. I too am an animal lover. Lord knows I always have a zoo wherever I am. Currently it is 2 shepard mixes, a lab mix, a collie mix, a chihuahua, a cat, and before I forget, my iguana (like I said, a zoo).

Losing a pet is always hard. They quickly grow with you and share so much in your life that they become more than just a pet, they become true family. It is hard to watch and not be able to do something when they are injured or sick and I can almost bet they feel the same way about us. Pets give so much and ask so little, they are ALWAYS there to 'lend an ear' even if they can't understand, and they never question their love or obedience.

Keep us informed and know that we are here for you.

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Posted: 17-Sep-2004, 11:32 PM
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Oh Gordon! You, like everyone else, has been so sweet! Teddy Bear is doing fine right now, but we still have a long ways to go in tests and such. Hopefully, he doesn't have Valley Fever again! That would be horrible, but what would be worse is cancer. I really in my heart think the mass beside his heart is scar tissue from the Valley Fever he had a few years ago. If that is the worse, I can deal with that and so can TB. Now the diarrhea is a major problem and not sure what that is all about.............so we are working on that too!

Thank you all for your kind thoughts and prayers. smile.gif
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Rose,

I hope your baby is doing better. I just lost one of my cats not long ago. She became infected with a blood virus from a flea. She became very anemic and lethargic. When I finally was able to get her home she went straight for the bathtub. That's where she died. She had a seizure and died in the car before I could get her to the vet. The vet's office was only a few blocks from my house. But I think if I had to do it over again, I would have had her put to sleep before she had the seizure. I know she was in pain in the end and I should have listened to her instead of the vet.

I will pray the your baby gets better to enjoy a long life.



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Hey, update on Teddy Bear! well Teddy Bear will be seeing vet on Monday morning to be put on heart meds and then on meds for his IBS. That is all I know to do for my beloved boy. I go on vacation the following week so will have to depend on someone else to give him his meds while I am away. Of all times! sad.gif
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Rose,
A thought just popped in my head for the diahrea. Have you tried giving him BOILED ground beef? My lab's vet had me feed him that twice a day until his stool firmed up when he came down with a nasty case of diahrea a few years ago. Not sure why I didn't think of it sooner but just thought I'd mention it now that I had.

Good to hear that he'll be getting some relief with the meds. Hope he gets better soon!! biggrin.gif

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