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My best buddy is not doing well

post #1 of 55
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Scooter is not doing to well. He was a cast off we rescued from the old Waccasassa fish camp days. He was around 4 months old then. We noticed a lack of eating and alot of sleeping. He had his yearly wellness checkup coming up this week, but we couldn't wait and took him to the vet when we noticed him stumbling a bit when he walked.
We were surprised find out he had lost 4 1/2 lbs since his last visit a year ago. It is hard to tell his weight until he gets a haircut and it was quite long during the winter months.
Vet pulled some X-Rays and took some blood. She did find he was anemic and had some arthritis. Two bone spurs in his shoulder and one pinched nerve in his spine. We were provided with some Iron and muscle relaxer for him to take.
Last night he did eat some Flank steak I had grilled, also is drinking and peeing which are good signs. This morning he had a nice long walk around the property.
At any rate today will tell the story with his blood work. I am worried it is cancer and wish for some prayers from my friends here in the SMF. After being with us for 14 years, it will be hard on my wife and me, who see him as a family. It will be so hard to not have him around anymore.

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Well, we heard from the vet. Problem is Pancreatitis. Not good news. Back to Vet for IV work. Our neighbors lost their dog to this. His was not drinking at all though. Scooter drank ALOT of water this morning. Hopefully his is not too severe. He does not have alot of the symptoms so we are hoping for a mild case at best. No fever, no stomach pain and no swollen belly. I am hoping that is good news. The house sure is quite without him. icon_cry.gif
post #2 of 55
Shoot Flash.....sorry to hear about Scooter. He sure is a cutie, and I'm sure he is a family member. Hope he feels better soon.
Sending my thoughts and prayers your way.
post #3 of 55
Flash I hope Scooter's condition isn't to bad and he has a quick recovery and is with ya'll for a long time to come
post #4 of 55
hope Scooter gets to feelen better i know how attached ya get to them as i have a whole heard of dachshunds (wieners).
we lost one 6 months ago she was 14 and went peacefully.
post #5 of 55
I feel for ya. It's not fun watching our little friends suffering or not feeling well. Thoughts and prayers go out to ya!
post #6 of 55
Sorry to hear about Scooter. He's a sweet looking little guy.
Sending some prayers his way and wishing a speedy recovery.

I know how you feel, 2 years ago my bestest friend (Buckshot) got heart worm (even though he was getting Heartgaurd) and had to under go 4 shot treatments. Luckily I caught it in time and he pulled through with no other ill effects. Now at almost 13 years old he has problems with his back legs and has a hard time moving around, but he still does, he's a hard headed pup. I dread the time when I loose him!!!!!

Here's a pic of my guardian of the smoke and bestest buddy.
post #7 of 55
Sorry to hear about your dog Flash.
I hope he gets feeling better.
Thoughts and prayers.
post #8 of 55
Sorry to here about Scooter. It sounds like he hasn't given up yet, nor suffering. My childhood dog was blind in both eyes, arthritis in his hips, and had benign tumors that kept sprouting up. He lived to 18 and My wife was the one to put him down (works at the Veterinary Clinic my parents used after I left for college) It was hard to do, but He had a good life and he was starting to suffer. It sounds like you've given Scooter a great life and you and your wife should keep that in mind. Your Family, including the furry member, are in my families thoughts and prayers.
post #9 of 55
Best wishes for Scooter and your family. Hope he pulls through it.
post #10 of 55
Wishing for a full recovery of Scooter!!
post #11 of 55
Sorry to hear your buddy isn't feeling well. Hopefully things will go well and he'll have quite a few more years to pal around with you. He's a cutie!
post #12 of 55
Our pets are just like family. Will keep all of you in my prayers.
post #13 of 55
Thread Starter 
Thanks for the support all.
Oneshot, if you dog is having hip problems here is a great supplement, not too expensive either, that worked great on Scooter. When in stock they have great deals in it. Your dog would probably need two a day.

post #14 of 55
Prayers to your family and Scooter. Keep us updated.

I give one of my buddies a similar product and it has worked. BTW that is a good price too.
post #15 of 55
Good Luck Scooter.
post #16 of 55
Sorry to hear about your buddy!
post #17 of 55
Sure be sorry ta hear that, they work there ways inta yer heart an become one a the family, just as heard on ya when one a them is sick as any other member.

Sure hope the have a fix fer the little feller.
post #18 of 55
rock on scooter-have lost a few best buddies-Nakota (rottie)rattlesnake bit 4 times-lived to 14-have 2 others planted in the back yard-I feel for u flash.hope u get more time with your bud.
post #19 of 55
Sry to hear about scooter, it sounds like you have a good vet..

We had a cat a few years ago, my wife was helping out a friends wife with some paperwork for extra money at a plumbing office and this cat had one day just walked up out of the blue there and had been the office cat for a long time. Well they were moving and the cat was going to be stuck outside with no where to go so we took him in, the girl had named him missy cause she thought it was a girl so we called him Mr.Missy and he was pretty old then and we had him for a few years more when he started having seizures and the vet said his kidneys were going so every week I went out an bought extra needles and an IV bag for him, nightly we had to stick the iv needle through the skin near his backside so he could get fluids...he was drinking okay but he needed more fluids ... needless to say we got 18 more months of Quality Life for him by taking the time to give him fluids every night...he was a great cat and part of the family and the staff at the vets voted him best cat of the year cause he was so friendly and easy to work with, we got a Card with a 25$ credit to our account for him. Needless to say a couple of years ago he had a seizure and I had to put my feelings aside and do what was best for him, quality of life was not good for him at that point so I brought him right down to vet and he went quietly and with no pain... We since then have rescued a cat his name was Melvin at the SPCA but we now call him 75 cent and we also rescued a dog that was being kept in a cellar and abused his name is Sarge - Sargelent - or most commenly we call him Bubbie wife and I like bubbie the best....and then we have one more family member who name was whinie but be call him Zoo Zoo or PooPoo or HooHoo...

Even after a few years of losing MrMissy we still miss him and his antics, he was always a little wabbly and it was funny cause sometimes he would sleep in the windwo cil and u could see him slowly start to fall alseep and he would roll right off the cil still asleep til about half way down lol then he would land on his feet and get right back up there ... funniest thing lol

Well thanks for brining up the subject tonight, Its been a good time to reminiss even if I have been babling about it and the wife and I have your scooter in our prayrs and Im sure you and ur vet will do everything you can to help him keep a decent quality of life for as long as possible.

Keep us up to date on how hes doing.

THis is Mr.Missy

this is 75 Cent

This is 75 Cent and PooPoo

and this is Bubbie
post #20 of 55
Flash, everyone is pulling for Scooter, I know what it is to loose a pet, my Cocker Spaniel went out in Feb and was stolen withing 15 minutes of being let out. She was my best bud.

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