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Bazinga

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Luna-pup
« on: April 03, 2020, 09:58:08 AM »

As many of you already know Luna-pup had surgery in December to remove a fast growing mass on her leg.  By the middle of January another small tumor started to grow just above the incision from the previous surgery and by February the tumor had grown to dime size. During the pre-op exam the vet found a grape size tumor in her lymph node and sent it off for pathology. The pathology report showed they were mast cells and those cells unusually form tumors on the skin. Wednesday March 25th, I dropped Luna off for surgery to remove the tumor on leg on.  Vet gave her a thorough exam including blood work & X-ray. She had a heart murmur, slightly low blood count & the x rays did not appear completely normal. He wanted to send the x rays to a radiologist and didn’t want to put her under until the radiologist looked at her x rays. Vet called back Friday and said the Radiologist cleared her and made an appointment for the 31st.  Monday the 30th I gave her a bath & while grooming her noticed the bruise on her belly (she’s had for 7-10 days) looked like it was a blister. When I dropped her off Tuesday morning I told the assistant about the blister on her belly. Vet called back and said the blister is often a symptom of other disorders.  He did another blood count & chest x ray.  The x ray had not changed but the count & platelets were both lower than before. He wanted to consult with a specialist before moving forward. He also noticed the tumor on her leg near the hip had gotten larger & a new one below her ear (since then I’ve also found a small one on her neck and another behind her ribs). He prescribed Prednisone, Benedryl & Pepcid & recheck in 10 days (hopefully this will also reduce the size of the tumors). The exposed tumor on her leg is now about the size of a golf ball, and she keeps licking & biting making it bleed (and since she’s not clotting properly it bleeds for hours).
She was an overweight puppy and has always eaten all her food, no matter how much was her bowl. But since patella surgery when she was 2, she has been on a reduced calorie diet and maintained a healthy weight for 7 years.  Recently she’s only eats about half her food (I even added some of the yummy canned food) and so far the steroid hasn’t helped much with her appetite. She also missed a couple of hiking trips in December & January while recovering from the first surgery. But since February she refuses to go (when you put her leash on she doesn’t get up). 
I know cancer growing & spreading so fast though the lymphatic system does not usually result in a healthy outcome (especially with little or no treatment).
I’m heartbroken by this devastating diagnosis!
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Re: Luna-pup
« Reply #1 on: April 03, 2020, 10:28:45 AM »

Very sad to hear this, and thanks for sharing. I know many of us have enjoyed seeing pictures of her in places many dare not go! What a good adventure pup! Praying for a speedy full recovery and more future trips!
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Re: Luna-pup
« Reply #2 on: April 07, 2020, 02:46:17 PM »

I'm sorry to hear this.

It is very different with a dog vs a cat, but I just found out that one of my cats has an un-operable tumor in her mouth. Since she is 15 years old, any surgery would probably kill her. So I'm just hoping to make her comfortable and see what happens.
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Re: Luna-pup
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2020, 07:47:18 AM »

It's sad when our pets grow older & time takes a toll on their bodies (always too soon). All the fur-babies (including the one's not fuzzy) are a member of the family and deeply missed when they are gone.

Well the steroid has kicked in & the sucking sound ya'll hear a couple times a day is Luna sucking down her kibbles! She has always had the fastest mouth around these parts!  :laugh:

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Re: Luna-pup
« Reply #4 on: May 18, 2020, 07:29:02 AM »

Wednesday morning May 13, Luna woke me up with her Border Collie bark about 6:30, wanting to go out and do her business.  Even though it was sprinkling, she wobbly wandered around the yard and slowly walked up to the gate.  We went out into the field and as she was investigating all the early morning smells. We came back in the yard & she followed me to the porch but she stopped and lay down on the wet porch in the rain.  I tried to get her inside but she was partially blocking the door so I woke up Tim to help.  When we got her in I sat on the floor and held her in my lap she loves lap time!!  After a short time she wanted to go out again but this time she lay in the wet grass and she couldn’t/wouldn’t get up. I made arrangements with the vet while Tim sat with her. When it was time to leave Tim picked her up like a baby and she looked so peaceful in his lap for her last car ride. At the vet she calmly laid on the table, occasionally looking up when her favorite workers passed by the room (a couple even stopped to say good bye). After a short time the tech came and it was over quickly. The only positive about being furloughed during the pandemic is spending the last 2 months with my sweet Luna-pup.

A couple of recent photos

April


March
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Re: Luna-pup
« Reply #5 on: May 18, 2020, 10:34:14 AM »

So sorry to hear this. We all know how hard it has been on you.  :(
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Re: Luna-pup
« Reply #6 on: May 29, 2020, 11:54:15 AM »

Sorry to hear about this
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Re: Luna-pup
« Reply #7 on: June 11, 2020, 09:42:05 AM »

I am so sorry to hear about your loss very hard to lose our buddies!  It is wonderful to know how many fun adventures you two shared...memories last forever!
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Re: Luna-pup
« Reply #8 on: July 13, 2020, 08:48:31 PM »

Heart-wrenching.  I am glad you got to spend a good two months with her. 
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Re: Luna-pup
« Reply #9 on: July 18, 2020, 05:25:46 PM »

Thanks everyone for your kind words.  Even though my heart still aches for my sweet girl, I was going stir crazy at home and really needed some companionship soo, we adopted Arnold Ziffell...an 8 month old, 37 pound, wrecking ball, Boxer mix. He’s spent all of his life either in a pen or shelter so every experience is a new and exciting. He very friendly and wants everyone to be his playmate. He has a lot of rules now, but he is adjusting well and already feels safe and comfortable.


In the pre-mowed poisonous periwinkle


Arnie Z (aka Ziffell Sniffle, Mr Z) learning to be a great hiking buddy!! 

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