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March 2017



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Well, the verdict is in. No signs of tumors. He's got some cardiomyopathy, which we may be able to treat with drug therapy, and which will eventually kill him. But it's not a bad way to go, and there are no signs of congestive heart failure.

So we're sending the ultrasounds off to a veterinary cardiologist for a treatment plan, and essentially what happens now is we extend his life as long as we can and as long as the quality of it remains good, we spoil him rotten.

Ten years is old for a mastiff, and if we can get another six good months for him, I'll be very happy.

Good dog.


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He's so lucky to have a mom like you, Bear. I'm glad that it wasn't more painful news. *hug*
Good dog. Sorry it isn't time for a Magic Pill To Fix Everything, but it sounds like this is a fairly good outcome for this time in his life. I hope the spoiling rotten goes well.

Karma is getting old herself, and has some health issues that will probably shorten her lifespan below that normal for a lab. Sometimes I just sit and lay my head on hers and feel my heart in my throat.

There's just no way to explain it to anyone who doesn't have and love a dog.

right there with you.

Glad to hear it. May he continue to enjoy a spoiled existence for as long as possible.

(And love that song, too).
Glad it was negative on the tumors and that the old guy has some time left. We have such a short time with out pets, and they mean so much.
Yeah. This is honestly the best-case scenario. And thank you very much.

some dogs are more equal than others, and this is one of the very equal ones.
So happy to hear that, Sarah. Hugs to you and Kit and the animals.

Hey, ever manage to get that pic of Hubby and Paladin from that person who took it?
You know, I'll ask Kit about it. Because I don't have it....
Big dogs are heartbreakers. They're such big lumpy sweethearts and you only get to love them for a decade or so. Lurve him lots. The old guy may very well surprise you and soldier on for another year or three.

He got ice cream for lunch. *g* After missing two days of meals, and being an absolute prince at the vet's, it was the least we could do.
Oh, phew.

I love that song, btw. I'll go play it for myself, in your pup's honour.
Most excellent Dogge.
*hugs you and the dogger*

My family has been doing "hope for another six months" for the family boxer, Tasha, for going on three years now. Twelve is ancient for a boxer. She loves us well and is loved in return, all the virtues of man without his vices.

'Good dog' says it all.
Yeah, it's the best possible answer, really, given his age.

He's having v-tach and some atrial fib, which could convert to v-fib at any time and he could, bang, fall over dead. Literally. He's got some thinning of the ventricular walls and his contractility's down to 15% or so.


No signs of any tumors, spleen, liver, prostate all normal or only slightly enlarged (age-appropriate), kidneys normal, no masses anywhere. No signs of congestive heart failure. His spirits are good and he's hungry.

His heart's just wearing out.

So we spoil him rotten as long as we have him.

I'm sad, of course, but this is the best-case diagnosis. It could have been liver cancer, you know?
I'm so glad to hear it isn't a tumor.

If you aren't already doing it, give him a a good scratch behind the ears (or right above the tail, whichever he likes best).
What I've been saying is, here's to a long life and a happy one, and a quick death and a painless one.
Good luck to you and the big puppy.

Re: OT -- review

That is very nice, and thank you. it's always nice to get a small gift like that.
I'm sorry.
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