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by tiva
Sun Aug 18, 2013 5:01 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: enlarged lymph nodes 6 week old puppy
Replies: 9
Views: 6491

Re: enlarged lymph nodes 6 week old puppy

Hi- I don't know about lymph nodes, but I do know that 6 weeks is FAR FAR too young for a puppy to leave her litter! She needs to be back with them, and getting her first vet check now. Here's a good guide to WHY staying with the litter is so very important at her young age: http://www.humanesociety...
by tiva
Wed Jul 17, 2013 8:23 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Happy Tail
Replies: 70
Views: 23959

Re: Happy Tail

I hope tomorrow's surgery (#7?!!!??) goes well.
by tiva
Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:57 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Time for euthanasia?
Replies: 26
Views: 9685

Re: Time for euthanasia?

Thanks for your kind words. When Vanya and I play in the orchard, I keep looking around for her until I remember she's gone.
by tiva
Wed Jun 19, 2013 8:38 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Cancer and supliments?
Replies: 7
Views: 3914

Re: Cancer and supliments?

I don't know much about him, but it's worth talking with your vet. When my Tiva had mast cell cancer twice, our vet did a lot of research on nutritional support after surgery (we couldn't do chemo for a variety of reasons--mostly because Tiva was 15, and chemo was going to be about $7000 and require...
by tiva
Wed Jun 19, 2013 8:33 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Severe Anxiety
Replies: 13
Views: 6130

Re: Severe Anxiety

I'm very glad that you've started her on fluoxetine, and that your vet seems knowledgeable. If fluoxetine doesn't work at first, there are all sorts of things to try: adjusting the dosage, changing the timing, trying one of the other good drugs available for anxiety. So don't despair! And don't worr...
by tiva
Wed Jun 19, 2013 6:54 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Time for euthanasia?
Replies: 26
Views: 9685

Re: Time for euthanasia?

Dear Tiva has died. The vet came out Monday while I was driving down to the farm, and gave Tiva a mild sedative so she would be calm until I arrived. We all spent the night out in the orchard, and in the morning the vet came back and gave her the euthanasia shots. Naomi, her amazing housesitter who ...
by tiva
Mon Jun 17, 2013 12:59 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Time for euthanasia?
Replies: 26
Views: 9685

Re: Time for euthanasia?

My husband called, and Tiva had another seizure last night, it seems like. Now her back legs won't support her--it was a little better in the morning, but now they're collapsing. My husband says she's freaking out, trying to stand up. This may be her time. I've got a 7 hour drive to get back down to...
by tiva
Sat Jun 15, 2013 10:43 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Awkward topic ... dog erections
Replies: 13
Views: 6355

Re: Awkward topic ... dog erections

I don't know why it's happening, but sugar will make it go away. (The literal kind, I'm not suggesting you find him a date to give him a little sum'n sum'n) Sugar? You feed it to him? Or something else? The mind boggles. Vanya has this happen maybe once a year or so. He staggers around looking bewi...
by tiva
Sat Jun 15, 2013 12:59 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Severe Anxiety
Replies: 13
Views: 6130

Re: Severe Anxiety

Dogs, like people, can have all sorts of chemical imbalances that make meds a great option. Meds absolutely don't need to turn a dog into a zombie, drugged out lump on a couch. I started trying herbs and OTC meds, which was a huge mistake. APrescription meds are far, far better regulated than over t...
by tiva
Thu Jun 13, 2013 5:01 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Time for euthanasia?
Replies: 26
Views: 9685

Re: Time for euthanasia?

It looks like Tiva is doing better than my Missy. Missy is approx 12 if not older but she's a rescue so that's a guesstimation. She was obviously abused before I had her. Here's her list of known issues: -arthritis (treated daily with Previcox) -senility -stone deaf -ear hematoma -cataracts -incont...
by tiva
Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:57 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Time for euthanasia?
Replies: 26
Views: 9685

Re: Time for euthanasia?

Nancy, from what I understand this type of cooling jacket works better than the ones you wet down, especially if it's humid outside: http://www.chillybuddy.com/index/cooling.html" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false;" onclick="window.open(this.href);return false; Sending tons of ...
by tiva
Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:41 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Happy Tail
Replies: 70
Views: 23959

Re: Happy Tail

Just saw this thread--how awful for you all. My thoughts are with you, and I hope it all goes well today.
by tiva
Wed Jun 12, 2013 6:37 pm
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Time for euthanasia?
Replies: 26
Views: 9685

Re: Time for euthanasia?

Yep, I think the trick is keeping her cool. We'll try that cooling scarf. We do use a cooling bed, but it's not a lot of help, given the extreme humidity. Today she was calmer about staying inside in the AC, so that's probably the best approach. Freezing her wet food inside a kong to a mushy semi-fr...
by tiva
Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:24 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Time for euthanasia?
Replies: 26
Views: 9685

Time for euthanasia?

Hi everyone, I know there are no easy answers to this, but I'd appreciate some feedback. And spelling things out in writing might help me think. It's about Tiva, our nearly 18 year old (!) pit bull. She's had quite the life since we rescued her 16 years ago, and we're not sure if it's her time or no...
by tiva
Wed Jun 12, 2013 10:06 am
Forum: Health Issues
Topic: Mast Cell Tumors : Lessons Learned
Replies: 109
Views: 96371

Re: Mast Cell Tumors : Lessons Learned

So sorry to hear that! I hope the oncologist had some hopeful options for you. For what it's worth (every dog is different), Tiva had her second MCT come back grade 2, dirty margins. She was 15, so we opted not to do radiation or chemo. Now she's 18, still chugging along. Her mitotic index was extre...

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