Can't Catch a Break!

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Registered: 11-01-1999
Can't Catch a Break!
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Sun, 09-30-2012 - 1:33pm

Moe's swollen cheek has returned AGAIN.

And Roly is diabetic.

I'm not a vet clinic, here!

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Registered: 06-27-2000
Sun, 09-30-2012 - 1:59pm
Does Moe have an infected tooth maybe? Poor thing!
Maybe as Roly loses weight he will also lose the diabetes. Works for humans!

Oh say, can you see?


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Registered: 03-20-2001
Sun, 09-30-2012 - 2:18pm
OMGoodness gracious, Gaye.
Sorry to hear this news. Poor Moe!
I wish there was a way to help you...
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Registered: 11-01-1999
Sun, 09-30-2012 - 3:03pm

binkeebee wrote:
Does Moe have an infected tooth maybe? Poor thing!
Maybe as Roly loses weight he will also lose the diabetes. Works for humans!

Roly was 33 pounds at the shelter in March.  He was 17.4 at the clinic last week.  He doesn't need to lose any more weight.  I can see his backbone.

Three vets have seen Moe with this ailment, and three vets have looked at his teeth.  The culture of the fluid in the swelling grew nothing.  This indicates it is not an infection.  It appears to be a blockage.

I'm facing a difficult quality-of-life decision here.  Moe will be 12 this month.  He can no longer see, except light and dark.  He can't hear much, either.  He is severely arthritic.  He was miserable last winter, even with Rimadyl.  The summer has been borrowed time.  I think it may be time to let him go.

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Registered: 11-19-2001
Sun, 09-30-2012 - 9:04pm
So sorry Gaye! I think maybe you should ask another foster to take on Roly with the diabetes/insulin injections. Obviously Moe needs your complete attention!
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Registered: 11-01-1999
Sun, 09-30-2012 - 9:12pm

I posted on Pug forums.  Rescues and fosters have a lot of tips to avoid unnecessary trips to the vet, and have practical, holistic ideas.  It was suggested that I massage Moe's salivary gland to loosen or move the blockage, and warm compresses were also suggested.  In my initial panic, I saw only surgery.  Maybe this condition can be effectively managed.  It's worth a try.

I'm not ready to lose my Moe.  (Actually, we never are....)

 

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Registered: 03-20-2001
Mon, 10-01-2012 - 8:21am
Does Moe have any whiskers around his mouth or nose? Just an idea, perhaps that could be clogged,,,, I agree with you on the holistic and practical tips that were suggested.... any thing is worth a try. Still wish I could come on over to help you out Gaye. give you a shoulder to lean on too, it's a hard time for you (())

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Registered: 06-27-2000
Mon, 10-01-2012 - 8:54am

Such hard decisions.  So sorry you are in that place.  Peace and warm thoughts to you.

Barbara

Oh say, can you see?


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Registered: 10-05-2000
Mon, 10-01-2012 - 9:32am

I'm so sorry about Moe. It must be heartbreaking.