Had to take Bob to the vet today ~~~~~~

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Had to take Bob to the vet today ~~~~~~
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Tue, 04-29-2003 - 10:39pm
He's been troubled for some time with deafness and developing hip dysplasia, but yesterday he started to fall down. He could be standing or walking across the floor and all fours would give out and he'd go down. The vet determined that Bob may be having disk problems as well, and he was falling as a result. The way in which the vet explained it, Bob is in no pain, as a human may be with the same problem. His legs apparently go numb to the point of his not being able to feel them at all.

Bob is much too old to perform surgery on, so all we can do is keep him comfortable. He still loves to play and his appetite is good, so the vet thinks he may live another year or maybe two. We know it's just a matter of time before he leaves for the Bridge, but we won't dwell on that. There are many more chances to make some lovely memories.

Thanks for 'listening.'

Hugs, *C*

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Tue, 04-29-2003 - 11:33pm
(((*C*))) I'll be praying for Bob, it's so hard to watch them grow older and face the difficulties of old age. I know this 'cuz one of my cats is 15. Treasure these days and there memories and hold your precious Bob close with many extra kisses.

Keeping both of you in my thoughts.

Marge

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Wed, 04-30-2003 - 1:47am
Marge, thank you! Your message means so much to me! And Bob thanks you, too.

Hugs, *C*

 

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Wed, 04-30-2003 - 12:02pm
sorry to hear about Bob's troubles. i can understand how you must be feeling. it's hard to watch the life of a loved one sort of "wind down." my cosmo is going on 10, and when she started turning grey i began to wonder how i'll ever be able to say farewell to her. i'm sure Bob has treasured his life with you, just as much as you have treasured him. but, it's not time to be sad just yet. make the most of the next year or two. fortunately, for both dogs and humans, happiness is not dependent on physical perfection. i'll keep you and Bob in my thoughts and prayers.

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Wed, 04-30-2003 - 12:03pm
Of course we "always" listen *C*. We're all in the same boat; our furkids get old much too quickly but, as you say, you can't dwell on it. Every moment is anotheer moment to treasure with them.

Many hugs to you and Bob,

Laura

 
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Wed, 04-30-2003 - 4:18pm
You have such a good attitude about Bob. Good for you! My old German Shepherd was on medication (Cortio-steroids) for the last two years of her life. They enabled her to get up, and live another comfortable two years that she wouldn't have had otherwise. She weighed 120 lbs., so there was a lot of weight there for her to maneuver. I agree - the main objective is in making our old friends as comfortable as we can for as long as possible. After they stop being able to enjoy life or are in pain that can't be managed, well, then we can make that final decision for them. They rely on us to know when the time comes, and they trust us to help them get to the Bridge because we are their protectors. After all they give us, its the least we can do for them when the time comes. And in our hearts, we all know when that time is. Enjoy your final days with Bob and you'll be blessed with wonderful memories - like me.

Randi

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Thu, 05-01-2003 - 1:17pm
Oh, how hard. I'm sorry to hear this. I'm glad that he's not in pain though. He sounds like he's a real trooper and such a valued member of the family.

~Lisa

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Thu, 05-01-2003 - 2:07pm
Ohhhh, *C*

This brings back memories of what we went through with ^Edgar Allen Pug^. Remember - he got to the point where he couldn't stand up to eat his dinner. His front paws slipped out from under him. We hand-fed him for the last several months of his life.

Poor sweet Bob!

Hang in there, Hon!

Gaye

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Thu, 05-01-2003 - 4:13pm
Hi *C*

Saw your message when I came over to post to the little girl who lost her dog Ruby. I'm so sorry to here about Bob. It's so sad when we know their time with us is ending no matter how long or short the time is. Please remember that all of us over at Pet Bereavment are there for you if you need us.

On a brighter note, I just wanted to say a great BIG wonderful HELLO to one of the most special lady's I know. Good to see you.

((((((((HUGS)))))))

Helen(mystry13)

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Sat, 05-03-2003 - 4:17am
I truly understand what your going thru...

I have Peanut the mast cell tumor Boston Terrier, who when he came to me in Sept 2001 was only given 2-9 mths to live. I am happy to say he is still with us, but, his back leg knee joints are shot & he at times is very wobbly on his feet. I give him daily massages that help & he is on predisone daily for his tumors so that does help with the inflamation.

And believe me it doesn't slow him down one bit...bless his little heart

CC, the Girls, Mugsy & Peanut

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Sat, 05-03-2003 - 5:31pm
Oh our precious Bob! It is certainly scary to your mom when your legs give out like that. Your buddy Casey has had that problem also here lately, but we are doing our best to keep her on the carpet and not on the hardwood floors. That way, if her legs do give out it isn't such a hard surface to fall down on. Of course, it would help if she would stop trying to beat up on Eddy all the time.

"C", I KNOW how hard this is to watch. It freaks me out everytime Casey falls down like that. My vet suggested a few things that would perhaps help. Face it, the problem isn't with her feet, but her back but here are his suggestions. First we trimmed all of the hair between her toes and all around her feet. That way her pads get good traction, no sense slipping if it can be avoided. Second, you know what a believer I am in bathmats. I just love those things. Washable, waterproof and nonskid. I put them down in places where she scampers to get inside or out. My dh says that the inventor of the bathmat should give us a lifetime supply because we have so many and I preach about how useful they are.

We will keep Bob in our prayers and keep us posted on how he is doing.

Love and laughter,

Jenny

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