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Old 11-08-2007, 09:23 PM   #15
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One of my most beloved cats came down with cancer in 2001. He went to see an oncologist got a CT scan. Had surgery. Lived well for about a year or so I thought. Seems chemo did not agree with him. One day I came home and he was just not himself. I took him to the local vet and she called an told me he needed to go to the Kitty ER. His kidneys had shut down. Turns out he ate rat poison. Something he never had done before. In his weaken state he could not fight it off even with help. I put him to sleep. I cried for days. I still cry when i think about him. He was the one who knew when I was in pain it did not matter what kind of pain. He was always ther to comfort.
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Old 11-09-2007, 10:35 AM   #16
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A "Bambi" sized dog

Until this past summer we always travelled with our 2 miniature red smooth dachsunds "Wolfgang & Heidi", who fit into our 19' Bambi just fine. However, it was the end of the line for Wolfie this past spring after 16 wonderful years so now it is just Heidi.

Heidi is 12 years old, and has diabetes so her insulin rides in the frig and she gets a shot every morning. The diabetes also cost her her vision, and she is totally blind. But, unless we told you that you might not even know it. She knows where everything is in the Bambi, especially the dinette and her side of the cushion where she is just the right length to stand on the cushion with her rear legs, front legs on the table top, and chow down on her scrambled egg every morning.

At any rate, even though blind she can really get around. Walking with her on a leash you would never know she is blind. Inside the Bambi she runs all over without a problem, and if we have the outside door open with the sunlight coming in she will find the exact spot of sunshine coming in and lay down there so you would swear she can see... but the vet says she finds it just by the warmth..

At any rate, she's a little cutie...

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Old 11-09-2007, 12:39 PM   #17
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Glad to hear it was a success!

I feel your pain (re: vet bills). Meet Shannon, our $4000.00 Maine Coon. No, we didn't buy her for $4000, we got her through a rescue group, but that's what she cost us just this fall at the Vet. Shannon had a bad case of "Fatty Liver Disease". Her weight dropped from 15 pounds to 8 in about 3 weeks, then she was admitted to the vet hospital where her weight dropped to 7 pounds. She spent 2 weeks in the hospital, then for 8 1/2 weeks she had a feeding tube and required tube feeding 4 times a day. Total bill was a tad over $4K, but she pulled through fine. Last year, she had $1000 in dental bills... She's one expensive "rescue".
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Old 11-09-2007, 02:15 PM   #18
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My wife has earned her angel wings, bless her heart.

Being in nursing, she has accepted:
1) administering lactate ringers to each of the three of our siamese cats when they were getting on in years. The oldest lived to about twenty!

2) Force feeding baby food, when they would no longer eat on their own until they were well enough to eat by themselves.

3) Keep one of our cats in a closed bathroom with hot shower running to get it nice and steamy. This for a real bad respiratory ailment.

4) Wash their private parts that got soiled.

We currently have an 18 YO calico that has diminishing kidney function, and now she needs lactate ringers every other day, and some sort of food that makes Whole Foods look whole sale.

We currently have four cats, three are on special diets. I don't want to think about the $$$$. But in a world full of crap, they make us smile.
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Old 11-09-2007, 06:05 PM   #19
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I look back at the kitten we found in the wild, frozen to the floor of a building with openings along the top and bottom and the only way we could tell she was still alive was the ice was melted around her nose. Fed her pickle and cheese sandwich, some hot chocolate, and tucked her into the back of my hoodie. She lived with us for almost 21 years and was my buddy. Met me at the door, slept where ever and when ever I did, usually displacing the pillow with her body during the night. We put her through one difficult operation and after several months she was pretty good again, but then the cancer came back. We chose the second time to not put her through a long ordeal and let things happen. It was very tough on all of us. Our other cat, Smoky Bear, is 13 and we've decided to let him have his reign of the house till his time comes and then we'll decide what we are going to do.

Our pets are gifts of pure love wrapped in fur. They don't care what we are, who we are, what we do or don't do for a living, they only care about us. We are so lucky to have been chosen by them for their time here. Love them as hard as you can because you only have a short time with each one of them to try in some way to pay back all the love and brightness they have brought into your life.

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Old 11-09-2007, 07:07 PM   #20
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While we are fortunate to never hava had a really sick pet...I do want to share asomething that we discovered. It cost us about $1200 with multiple vet visits, tests & drugs for Miss Lily.

Lily loves to go camping with us...when she sees us packing for a trip she is underfoot all the time making sure 'her things' are packed too. However the first 4 seasons, it seemed she would come home sick with urinary crystals and kidney infections after almost every trip that was more than a couple of days. We figured it was that she wasn't drinking enough water or that it was different water so we always brought water from home for her. It seemed worse after longer trips than just a weekend. She was on special diet food and had many trips to the vet.

It wasn't until the pet food recall last year that I finally put two & two together as to what was making her sick. I checked the foods listed, not finding the one she was on so dsimissed the whole thing. It wasn't until several weeks later when they published that the problem was melamine in the food. At home we use ceramic bowls for her food & water. While camping I used my vintage melamine bowls from the trailer. Not any more and she hasn't been sick since.

What disappointed me more than anything was that my vet did not diagonise this...it was just by chance I read the article and figured it out myself. Once I did, I mentioned it to our vet and she agreed, that most likely was the problem. We camped all summer and I took lLily's ceramic bowls...she did fine and has no signs of the 'kidney disease' anymore. I now have a new vet...I felt horrible, as you can imagine.



So, the bottomline is not not use those cute little vintage melamine bowls for pets! Makes me wonder about using them myself...but not enough to give them up!

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Old 11-09-2007, 07:49 PM   #21
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The TTs

The last couple of years have been rough on the TTs, that's Tibetan Terriers.

Early in 2005, Hoi suffered from a severe attack of vestibular disease. Although he was able to walk drunkenly within a few days, he was so dizzy and disoriented that he would not eat or drink anything for six weeks. As many others have related, you just do whatever you must. We didn't believe that hospitalization would be best for him, so we gave him subcutaneous saline injections twice daily, and force fed him both water and liquified dog food from a syringe. You can possibly imagine the joy that Bob and I experienced when Hoi took his first bite of hotdog! after 6 weeks of refusal. He eventually learned to compensate for his lost balance, but repeat vestibular episodes always left him just a little less well off. He died in June of osteosarcoma. He was 16 and a half, we will miss him always.

Dahli, his half sister, is 15 and was diagnosed with renal failure in July. Since dialysis is not available in our area, treatment consists of subcutaneous saline injections, a low protein diet, and pills to relieve some of the kidney load. She is such a good patient, and doesn't even twitch when we give her the fluids. Every day that she is with us is a gift.
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Old 11-09-2007, 08:08 PM   #22
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So, now she just tries to scratch, eat, and drink with her "satilite dish". Its kinda sad to see, but a tough love she's gonna have to deal with as a small trade off to getting her sight back.
The radiation burns are starting to take a toll on my Golden boy. More meds have helped to make him comfortable - antibiotics, tramadol and another for nerve pain. But the E collar was a disaster!!!! He pulled that off in a few seconds.

I made him a soft E collar from quilted fabric and he seems to find that more tolerable. While it is not stiff like the plastic one, it does protect his ear from bumps or scratching. Since he is on more meds now he is sleeping more and not shaking or scratching his head. At least he doesn't bump into walls and furniture and can lay down easily.

If you know someone with a sewing machine and even a little bit of sewing skill, you could have a soft copy of the plastic collar made in about an hour. They are available on line, but with just a half yard of fabric and a package of 3 yards bias quilt binding you could have something softer for her. I even used a extra buckle collar to attach the soft e collar to - makes it easy to get on and off.

If you would like more detailed instructions, PM me.

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Old 11-12-2007, 01:18 PM   #23
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Recovery with Bandit

Now a week since the surgery. She's not so lathargic anymore, but still struggles with seeing up close (since only one eye has a lens) and still struggles with the satalite dish around her neck.

Now Bandit (the Siberian) is checking on her for me too....
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Poor puppy!!! Looks like she is getting a lot of love and TLC from everyone in the family.

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Old 11-12-2007, 10:13 PM   #25
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Hey all,

You have no idea what the Mrs. and I have been up to so I will update you. In August, Day 1 on our first real AS vacation, dog is sick, straining. Go to local vet, "I feel a lump."

Go home early to regular vet. Dog can't pee, send Biopsies, Bladder ruptures, dog has foley and IV in place. Both my wife and I are RN's and care for critically ill PEOPLE. So even the vet has no idea what to do, get in the car and drive 300 miles to Wash State U Vet School. Finally a ray of hope. The dog has Prostate Cancer but we can give him Chemo, much less $$ than I thought it would be. But it adds up. Three weeks locally with IV Fluid, we dont know if we are keeping him around for us or is he really going to have some quality of life.

5 Trips (600 miles round trip). Countless thousands fo $$$, God has a sense of humor, I just got an unexpected bonus, I mean I just had an unexpected Bonus.

Well, our hearts are breaking, he is home now for palliative care. My job is to console humans who are losing thier loved ones, I really dont know what I am doing here. I am surprised at how painful it is.

Well, maybe I can be the man my dog thinks I am. Thanks for listening to me dribble. Oh yea, one more thing, he is playing for the sympathy vote, makes us cook him grilled chicken; turns his nose up at high end dog food.

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Old 11-12-2007, 10:33 PM   #26
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Well, our hearts are breaking, he is home now for palliative care. My job is to console humans who are losing thier loved ones, I really dont know what I am doing here. I am surprised at how painful it is.

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Karma to you and your dog. Your current situation, along with the others have shared with me have touched me.

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When this all started, I had a conversation with the Big Man. "Hey, what am I supposed to learn from this?"

After reading all the other stories I am learning: "I am not alone in this, may feel like it but I am not alone"

Thanks Friends.

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