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Posted: 23-Sep-2004, 08:32 PM
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Gordon, have done that already. while he loves it..........the meds that vet put him on works much better. Thanks for your concern!

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Posted: 23-Sep-2004, 11:42 PM
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Well here we go again. My critter sitter has doubts now about taking care of Teddy Bear, so I will try to have to board him at the vet's..........which means he has to stay in a cage all day till let out..........boo hoo.
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Posted: 27-Sep-2004, 06:16 PM
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Update on Teddy Bear. I was at the vet today and ran more tests on TB and it has been confirmed he has congestive heart failure that my vet told me is congenital in Shelties..........just like Shadows said. so he is on heart medication to help him and when I go on vacation next week I am going to board him with my vet who promised me he would look after him and monitor him and keep in touch with me. I cancelled with my critter sitters who, after finding out what was wrong with TB, was more than happy to not have to take care of him.
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Posted: 28-Sep-2004, 03:49 PM
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It sounds like he'll be safer with the vet anyway. Especially with starting new meds. That way the vet can keep his eye on him for any bad reactions.

I just found out last week, that my Katie has high pressure in her right eye. I've got to take her back in 4 weeks to see if it's still high. Then I guess they'll treat her for it. I guess it'll be an $80 bottle of eye drops that lasts a month per bottle. Sometimes our 4-legged kids cost almost as much as the 2-legged ones. rolleyes.gif


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Posted: 28-Sep-2004, 04:03 PM
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Yeah, that is what the vet said to me as well.........he plans to keep an eye on him and listen to his heart and even give another EKG while I am gone. I will feel better my dogs being with the vet while I am gone. I even hate to leave, but we have already cancelled this trip once because my husband was sick. But I know TB will be in good hands with the vet.

Irish Stepper, I am sorry about your Katie! Is she a doggy or kitty? Does she have glaucoma? Wow! That is a lot of money every month, but it is like you said. Our furry friends can cost as much money as humans. I can't tell you how much money I have spent on TB in the past several months! but when they are part of the family, you do what you can for them, eh? smile.gif
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Posted: 28-Sep-2004, 04:04 PM
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Rose,
I agree with Irish Stepper and you on boarding with the vet. He'll get alot more attention than 'critter sitters' will bother to provide. I've found that the pet sitters tend to play themselves up quite a bit but what they do is alot less. Friend actually used his webcam to check on his sitters at one time and, since his cams were in various locations throughout the house, he actually caught them using his foodstuffs to fix themselves dinners all the while basically ignoring his dog's insistance on being let out.
I myself don't trust a stranger with my animals no matter how recommended they may come. Never know how the animal will react to that person or wether they will use the same person each day.

Anyhow, hope the trip goes well. I'm sure Teddy Bear will be awaiting your return with tail-awaggin' ! :-D


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Katie is a doggy. She's a German Sheppard / Rottweiler Mix. It's funny, because when I bought her, I was hoping for a watch dog to keep me company when hubby wasn't home. What they say about mutts is true...they get the best qualities of both breeds. She's a very lovable and devoted girl, and hasn't got a mean bone in her body. laugh.gif

As long as a robber would pet her, she'd probably wag her tail and show him where the goods are! laugh.gif rolleyes.gif
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I agree with you Gordon. I really checked out the facilities very well where both my dogs will be staying with the vet. Then if Teddy Bear has a reaction to his meds, he will be right there with the vet. Very interesting what your friend did concerning the pet sitter. I don't trust any of them either, to be honest. I used to have one come into my home to take care of the dogs, but now now more. But I always hated for them to be in runs at dog kennels and vets, but hey! all my dogs do is sleep all day anyway and these dog runs were very clean, well cared for. They take them out twice a day and exercise them in the back yard and let them play. So all I can do is trust in that.

Irish Stepper, you may not have a watch dog there, but a faithful, true friend. Just gotta love it! smile.gif
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I deal with vacations and the dog by simply taking her with me. I MIGHT leave my owner in a kennel, but not the dog. biggrin.gif


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Maisky! you are bad! Now what do you do while you are on vacation in hotels and B&B's. They do not allow pets, as you know! I will miss my dogs greatly and I know they will really hate being in a kennel at the vet! sad.gif Bad mommy me! sad.gif sad.gif
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QUOTE (CelticRose @ 30-Sep-2004, 06:23 PM)
Maisky! you are bad! Now what do you do while you are on vacation in hotels and B&B's. They do not allow pets, as you know! I will miss my dogs greatly and I know they will really hate being in a kennel at the vet! sad.gif Bad mommy me! sad.gif sad.gif

We all have to choose, but I find that with only minor effort, I can find B&Bs, motels, and hotels that take a trained, well behaved dog. Multiple dogs will make that much harder. Mine is a medical companion dog on top of that. I don't take her to the grocery store or resteraunts, but I haven't needed to use her status to get a room, either.
However, I can certainly understand you're wanting a vacation that doesn't include the kids. biggrin.gif
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O'siyo CelticRose,
I am just catching up on the forums and read these~ I am so sorry to hear about Teddy Bear sad.gif ....I will ask the Great Spirit to send all the animal spirits to be by Teddy Bears side~ If and only if you have to put him down, know that you are showing him love!~ Death with Dignity, humans deserve it as does our 'babies'~ It will only be 'normal' for the heart to be heavy and as for crying at the vet's office, NOTHING to be ashamed over~ no.gif I am available anytime you need to talk~ biggrin.gif
~ If you are back from vacation how did Teddy Bear fair boarded in the vet's office? I bet he did just fine but, not without being homesick and missing his 'mama' love.gif
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QUOTE (CelticRose @ 15-Sep-2004, 12:42 PM)
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?

Hi Celtic Rose,

I am just now reading your post and wanted to tell you I had a Sheltie loved the dog. Let me know how things go. You are in my prayers.

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Posted: 09-Oct-2004, 09:33 PM
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Well Maisky! It is just that I have two kids and they are barkers! They bark at everything! Don't think other B&B residents would like that.

I came home from vacation today after a week of putting my dogs at the vet kennel. Teddy Bear has been on heart meds and came home with me today. I could look into his eyes and see that he was very disoriented and does not feel well AT ALL. I called the vet and he said that he is probably exhausted after a week of being in the kennel all week. Well, I don't buy that. I think I have a very seriously sick dog on my hands. They want to run more and more tests that are costing us an arm and a leg and hubby is saying enough is enough. We have already spent so much money on Teddy Bear who has lived the life span of a Sheltie. This dog is sick and dying.............we know that in our hearts.. and what are the additional tests going to do.........prolong his life? No! so hubby put a stop to it all. I just do not know what else to do and I am very upset by all this. I am upset by my Teddy Beatr and I am upset with hubby for not wanting to go further with tests so we can see even more what is wrong with TB. I feel in my heart that TB has cancer. I don't know why, but I just feel it. He is losing more and more weight as time goes on and becoming more and more lethargic and not wanting to eat. sad.gif sad.gif sad.gif
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Hi Celtic Rose,

That is so sad about TB. I had that happen with my Suzie the Sheltie. She was 12 years old and started getting the cataracts on her eyes. Then she got a hug lump on her chest. I some how knew it was time and I told my friend to take her. I knew I couldn't do it. It is so hard. They can't tell us and what if they are in pain do we make them suffer for our pleasure, and so it don't hurt us. I don't know Rose but my prayers are with you it ain't easy. I look at it as I save her from the suffering. The vet also told my friendit was a good thing I did that she would of suffered.

I"ll be thinking of you
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