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Old 02-18-2012, 06:03 PM
 
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I've just gotten back from the emergency vet. This afternoon when I let our 8 year old Chesapeake Bay Retriever, Mariah outside I noticed that her left pupil seemed to be completely blown ( filling the whole eye). I got her right over to the emergency vet hoping that I was overreacting but fearing a stroke or worse. She was diagnosed with autoimmune thrombocytopenia. What I was seeing in her eye was blood. In the few hours we were at the vet, she developed bruised in her mouth, in her ears and all over her body. They did a blood test and her platelet count was around 400. Normal is over 40,000. We were told that prognosis for curing her was less than 20% and the most likely outcome would be for her to bleed out suddenly and very painfully. I was told it could happen to her at any time.

I couldn't let my girl die that way and I made the only choice that I felt I could. She left me today while she was cradled in my arms with her head resting across my chest. There is a giant hole here in our house tonight. Its only surpassed by the one that has formed in my heart. Rest in peace my sweet Chessie girl.

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Old 02-18-2012, 06:11 PM
 
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Oh my gosh....I am SO sorry. All of us here (human, canine and feline) send our prayers and condolences to you.
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Old 02-18-2012, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Southern New Hampshire
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Va-Cat, I'm so, so, so sorry about your sweet Mariah. Sending much sympathy & big hugs your way.
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Old 02-18-2012, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Colorado
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So, so sorry for your loss...
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Old 02-18-2012, 06:18 PM
 
Location: On the west side of the Tetons
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What a terrible shock. I'm so sorry.
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Old 02-18-2012, 06:22 PM
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Location: Beautiful Niagara Falls ON.
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May your dear Mariah RIP.
She will be forever happy running and playing up there in doggy heaven.
My heart bleeds for you.
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Old 02-18-2012, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Santa Barbara CA
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OMG I am so sorry to hear about Mariah and I can imagine the huge hole that has put in your heart. I am so sorry that you had to make such a quick decision but trust your heart that it was the right one and know that others feel your pain tonight too, HUGS, Jan
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Old 02-18-2012, 06:58 PM
 
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OMGoodness! What a sudden shock! I'm so sorry for your loss!
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Old 02-18-2012, 06:58 PM
 
Location: Louisiana
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You are in our thoughts tonight Va-Cats. I am so sorry.
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Old 02-18-2012, 07:01 PM
 
Location: Charlotte, NC
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So sorry. I know your pain. I had to put my beautiful yellow lab to sleep last summer and I still miss her everyday. Sending you hugs...
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