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Old 12-11-2011, 08:45 PM
 
Location: OCEAN BREEZES AND VIEWS SAN CLEMENTE
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Hi everyone,
they say their is miracles in prayer, well we need a miracle of the worse kind.

Our baby, our cherished Pom, a little doll, had a serizure. He then fell to the floor, on his stomach and could not get up, he looked at me with those amazing little eyes.

My daughter and husband took him last night to a Animal Specialists Hospital, for critical care patients.

He has not been eating, lately, or has gone to the bathroom.

This facility has saved so many animal lives, they are a state of the art Hospital and speicalists care for animals.

My husband and daughter were gone for over 3 hours, while i stayed home by myself, and balling my eyes out crying i could not stop.
I prayed that they could help him.

But when my daughter walked into the house holding foxy with a blanket around him, i knew it was bad. She said lets love him, for the short time we have left with him, i break down again and start balling my eyes out.

Turns out the Foxy has heart problems, spleen problems, and kidney failure.

I know but just maybe there are small miracles that can happen, i love him too much to have him leave, and love him to much to see him suffer.

I am reaching out tonight for that small miracle, even though i know how bad of a situation it is.
I am literally sick over this.
He cannot walk, when he walks he drops to the floor on his stomach and cannot get up. We are feeding him.

I need to know, if there is anything we can do to prolong his life, or something that will give him more energy, he is also anemic. Thanks to you all.
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Old 12-11-2011, 09:00 PM
 
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Foxy has my prayers, please keep us updated
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Old 12-11-2011, 09:05 PM
 
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Well I'm very sorry to hear your story. If it helps I had a cat (not the same thing as a dog, I know!) that lived 6 months longer than he was "supposed to". (He had heart problems.) I also had a cat who started having trouble standing up. She died in her sleep at age 20 years.

I'm a little concerned when I hear your pom can't stand up. That will definitely affect quality of life, inability to go to bathroom, etc. But maybe he will get better and beat the odds so to speak.

Best of luck to you.
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Old 12-11-2011, 09:18 PM
 
Location: Rural Western TN
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such a shame...did the vet send him home with any medication?!

i know its hard, but also keep in mind that if hes realy suffering, instead of prolonigng the pain, it might be kinder to give him all the love in the world then let him go peacefully...
i know its hard, but sometimes we have to say goodbye

im so sorry your going through this
How old is he?

in terms of what to do?!
id want to know what the actual diagnosis is...
kidneys, spleen and heart dont just randomly fail
a heart murmer is common in toy breeds, but isnt usually life threatening...however if this is somehting fairly new and connected to the kidney and spleen issues.

sever anemia will cause organ failure...so finding out whats caused the anemia could be key to potentilaly giving this dog its quality of life back and expanding his lifespan. a simple blood test would be helpfull...it would definatly depend on how much youd be willing to spend on tests and such though...

unfortunatly theres potentilaly MANY causes for anemia too...
anything from a heavy intestinal parisite infestation to cancer to an autoimmunal disese...

the anemia is also likelty to be the cause fo his seizure and not being able to stand/walk.

how old is he and how long has he been refusing food and how long since he last whent ot the potty
any other signs or smptoms before that?

i think id be taking him to the vet for bloodwork, to see if an underlying cause can be found...seems a little silly to spend 3 hours thre an only get a "heart spleen and kidney issues" as a diagnosis so id be wanting more info...
depending on WHAT caused the issues would raly dictate the next steps...if its something as simple as seriously bad worms a blood tranfusion and some serious dewomers would probably be quite effective...
if its autoimmunal, medication is possible...if its cancer...well...it would depend on the age of the dog and where the cancer is...ect.

either way a transfusion in itself would probably be a big help at least to make him feel a little more comfortable/energetic, make sure hes eating and drinking (at this stage id give him ANYTHING he wants, high moisture foods will help wiht any dehydration, chicken baby food (no onion or onion powder) is usually a good way to get some food into a dog. id be adding beef or chicken liver if you can get him to eat it, no-low sodium chicken broth to encourage him to drink ect...pretty much ANYTHING to keep him hydrated and keep his blood sugar levels good. feed little and often.
keep him warm and comfortable, plenty of love and patients...and make sure hes somewhere low to the ground and secure when he cant be watched

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Old 12-11-2011, 11:24 PM
 
Location: OCEAN BREEZES AND VIEWS SAN CLEMENTE
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I just talked to my daughter, she says that foxy has a mass in his spleen. And that his red blood count is very very low.
He has alwyas had a heart muumer, but it has gotten much worse.

I am still very upset. This hit me like a ton of bricks. The animal hospital and Specialized care for critically ill patients is where he went. They have saved so many pets.

At least they were honest about foxy. I am still processing this.
Do you think that baby food will be ok to give him, and what other kinds besides the chicken baby food. He is drinking and today that made me very hapy. Thank you all for caring, i sincerely appreciate it. Stil need prayers.
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:29 AM
 
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Praying now....
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Old 12-12-2011, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Rural Western TN
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dogs can live VERY happily without their spleen...id be calling them today (or taking him to your regular vet) and considering that as an option...he may be too weak for surgery, it may be that his kidneys and heart are too far gone to be worth it, but f the mass is contained within the spleen it could easily be removed

the spleen is essentilay a blood storage facility so it definatly makes sense then that he became anemic with a mass blocking output...it also "cleans' the old brittle red blood cells from the blood helping release iron...

most spleen tumors in dogs are benign (hemangiomas or hemangiosarcomas) so if surgery was an option, theres a good chance of recovery and the tumor not causing any future issues.
however if this is a route youd b considering taking you need to act fairly fast, IF the mass ruptures the spleen its very serious and life threatening as massive blood loss will occur
sudden weakenss, pale gums and cold are common symptoms of a rupture...some ruptures will stop bleeding on their own, however its very likley more will occure and the more bleeds the less likely the chance of recovery (this could be the caue of his seizure/sudden colaps/weakenss)

if the mass is a malignant hemangiosarcoma though (the 3rd most likely spleenic mass) removing the spleen would help immediatly but n the long run the dog would very likley evenutlaly surcumb to the cancer as hemangiosarcoma are fast growing and very agressive.

again your next steps realy do depdend on YOU, your vet, the dogs age/current health otherwise (operating on a patient with a heart condition can be tricky...but its not impossible) and the monetary aspect (yes that sounds cold, but im a realist and while id spend every penny i had to save my dogs....i only have so many pennies so understadn money can be a road block)

the emergency/crit care unit is just that...they gave you a diagnosis, but it doesnt sound like they sent you guys home with much more info than that (though its also increidbly difficult to include anythign and even hear everything when your uspet) if hes doing better today id definatly give the regular vet a call, let them know exactly whats going on, and see if they think theres any "move forward" from there. they may think removing the spleen is a fantastic idea...they may think hes too old or too delicate...
my personal opinion is if your going to loose him anyway, if theres a chance of fixing the issue it might be worth the risk of surgery....

in terms fo baby food...anything...literally if he wants nothing but vanila icecream at this point he can have it...a small breed with a compromised immune system is more likely for hypoglycemic shock so simply making sure hes eating something is wonderfull.
any meat based baby food is great, just read the lables, dogs cant have onion (and garlic in large amounts can be an issue) so watch for onion, onion poweder and onion salt...otherwise go for it. chicken, beef those little toddler sausages ect.
boiled chicken breast with a little boiled rice, ground beef and rice (heck even JUST the meat) liver cooked, mushed, raw, whatever...if hell eat it, let him, meat is always best...

*hugs*
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Old 12-12-2011, 12:00 PM
 
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So sorry to read this.....

((((((Hugs)))))))
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Old 12-12-2011, 09:07 PM
 
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So sorry you are going through this...keep in mind what Foxywench is saying, she knows her stuff!

*hugs & prayers*
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Old 12-12-2011, 09:25 PM
 
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I once got a sick dog to eat cooked ground turkey, from a spoon, one little spoonful ay a time. She would eat nothing else, and I tried everything.

I know this is a very difficult time for you.......love and hugs.
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