The Official Pets Discussion Thread

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by Death's Head » Mon Aug 13, 2018 4:22 pm

Jenuall wrote:What breed and how old is he DH? Is he getting close to the natural life expectancy for the breed or would you have been expecting him to keep on a bit longer than this?
GSD, 11 years old, so around the "best before date". I suppose you don't think about this too much until the time comes. Out with him now and he has wanted to go on a fairly long walk, sometimes slowly, other parts pulling. Some life in the old dog yet....

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by Death's Head » Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:31 pm

Made an appointment at the vets on Tuesday for Thursday but on Tuesday evening the dog had diarrhoea and to make matters worse, had some blood content. In the night at 2am I was up cleaning it from the carpet and putting a child gate at the bottom of the stairs and he did more right next to me even though the front door was open and he was about 2 feet away from the outside. Wednesday morning I changed my vet appointment to Wednesday morning and the vet felt some lumps/swollen so recommended blood tests and then x-rays depending on the outcome. Initial estimate for the diagnoses (for everything) was about £1,200. I agreed to start the blood test and blood was taken whilst we are there and I also asked the vet to contact my pet insurance company to get pre-authorisation for costs.

At this point I'd like to put in a bad word for Animal Friends pet insurance. If you are ever thinking of pet insurance, steer clear of them. When my dog had hip surgery in 2015 they made bone disease (he has arthritis) an exclusion to the policy as it is now considered a known issue. Yesterday I got an e-mail from them saying they won't approve pre-authorisation of costs as the problems could be connected to the arthritis (the dog has also become very lethargic) and to contact them if the diagnosis turns out to be anything different. How swollen internals or diarrhoea could be related to arthritis I don't know, but whatever.

The dog now has almost zero appetite and will just eat chicken on occasion. Yesterday the vet rang with the blood test results and he has anaemia, hepatitis and the vet suspects a tumour on his liver. On Tuesday he will be going back to have xrays and an ultrasound. As you can imagine, the thought that he may be in pain and is suffering in silence is killing me. :cry:

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by Corazon de Leon » Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:34 pm

Argh, that's horrible mate. Obviously goes without saying but I hope everything works itself out.

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by Albear » Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:34 pm

Uf, sorry to hear all that DH. Makes me wonder why we do it to ourselves. I honestly think after my current animals pass on I won't get anymore. It's just too traumatic when they get old.

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by Corazon de Leon » Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:39 pm

Albear wrote:Uf, sorry to hear all that DH. Makes me wonder why we do it to ourselves. I honestly think after my current animals pass on I won't get anymore. It's just too traumatic when they get old.


Agreed, I can't see myself getting other pets after Loki and Maia shuffle off this mortal coil. I sometimes get the fear over the dog in particular - he's such a loving little (big) fella that the thought of him being unwell or in pain but unable to understand it brings a lump to my throat. :oops:

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by Death's Head » Sat Aug 18, 2018 12:40 pm

Albear wrote:Makes me wonder why we do it to ourselves. I honestly think after my current animals pass on I won't get anymore. It's just too traumatic when they get old.


Yes, exactly what I've been thinking for the last few days. I said this to my daughter and she said "then why make any friends? They will die one day". Jokes on her though as I don't have any. Except the dog. :(

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by RichardUK » Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:30 am

My pets are causing me stress at the moment, yesterday Lottie the cat was quiet and not eating so I took her straight to the vets, she had a couple of injections and seems to be getting back to normal and then today Sia the dog stopped eating and has been looking miserable all day, I hand fed her some ham and she ate that so hopefully tomorrow she will be back to normal,

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by Death's Head » Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:22 am

RichardUK wrote:My pets are causing me stress at the moment, yesterday Lottie the cat was quiet and not eating so I took her straight to the vets, she had a couple of injections and seems to be getting back to normal and then today Sia the dog stopped eating and has been looking miserable all day, I hand fed her some ham and she ate that so hopefully tomorrow she will be back to normal,
Were you never told to give your dog chicken? Boiled chicken is normally recommend by the vet for stomach upsets. My dog used to love it served with the broth, drinking that as the starter and then gobbling down the chicken.

Guess chicken soup is not just the answer when humans get ill. 100 years in the future we will discover that when dogs get stressed you can give dogs a nice cup of tea.

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by Moggy » Sun Aug 19, 2018 11:52 am

Sorry to hear that DH. :cry:

We hope to get a dog one day, but the thought of losing them is horrible. Although having a pet that outlives you (like a tortoise) is also a horrible thought!

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by Ad7 » Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:02 pm

+1 for Boiled chicken

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by Karl » Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:06 pm

RichardUK wrote:My pets are causing me stress at the moment, yesterday Lottie the cat was quiet and not eating so I took her straight to the vets, she had a couple of injections and seems to be getting back to normal and then today Sia the dog stopped eating and has been looking miserable all day, I hand fed her some ham and she ate that so hopefully tomorrow she will be back to normal,

Hope your animals feel better soon. Just as an FYI, ham is not so great for dogs. As DH said above you're better off with boiled chicken breast, possibly mixed with plain boiled rice.

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by Tragic Magic » Sun Aug 19, 2018 12:12 pm

Our tabby, Willow, often comes in from outside and just cries at us like she's hungry. But if you get up to attend to her, she just runs back outside and then sits on the patio crying at us. All I can think is that she wants us to be in the garden with her which is pretty cute.

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by RichardUK » Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:17 am

Thank you for the replies, I have given her some chicken today and she will eat it when you hand feed her, I worked out her normal daily calorie intake from her normal dog food and tried to give her the amount in chicken to compensate and she’s still slightly under but has ate enough to be ok, she is still alert and will get her favourite ball but still quiet and more interested in sitting in her bed rather than having a run around, tomorrow if she’s any worse then she will be going to the vets but at the moment she’s eating, drinking and going to the loo so hopefully she is just having a couple of off days

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by Slayerx » Mon Aug 20, 2018 12:26 pm

Just wondering from dog owners if dogs when not well stop grooming? I know cats groom a lot and if they stop it's often a sign something might be wrong.

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by RichardUK » Tue Aug 21, 2018 12:09 am

Slayerx wrote:Just wondering from dog owners if dogs when not well stop grooming? I know cats groom a lot and if they stop it's often a sign something might be wrong.


I suppose it depends on the dog and if they tend to groom themselves a lot or not, I go by if I see changes in any of my dogs, they are all the same breed but all have very different personalities and traits

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by Return_of_the_STAR » Tue Aug 21, 2018 1:05 am

Staying at my parents at the moment to look after their cats as they are away. One of the dumb strawberry floats brought a pigeon in this morning, thing was virtually dead when I found it, slightly moving, massive cuts all over its body. Cat looks at my like he’s really pleased with the gift he’s brought me :x

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by Death's Head » Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:48 am

Slayerx wrote:Just wondering from dog owners if dogs when not well stop grooming? I know cats groom a lot and if they stop it's often a sign something might be wrong.
I think the opposite is true. If you see them continuously grooming a leg for example, may be some kind of injury.

X-ray and scan today to decide fate....

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by Qikz » Tue Aug 21, 2018 7:58 am

Return_of_the_STAR wrote:Staying at my parents at the moment to look after their cats as they are away. One of the dumb strawberry floats brought a pigeon in this morning, thing was virtually dead when I found it, slightly moving, massive cuts all over its body. Cat looks at my like he’s really pleased with the gift he’s brought me :x


That's his present to you you ungrateful strawberry float, be happy. :|

no but seriously it was a gift, the cat wanted you to enjoy a nice meal. Bury it in the garden. RIP pigeon.

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by Moggy » Tue Aug 21, 2018 8:17 am

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Return_of_the_STAR wrote:Staying at my parents at the moment to look after their cats as they are away. One of the dumb strawberry floats brought a pigeon in this morning, thing was virtually dead when I found it, slightly moving, massive cuts all over its body. Cat looks at my like he’s really pleased with the gift he’s brought me :x


That's his present to you you ungrateful strawberry float, be happy. :|

no but seriously it was a gift, the cat wanted you to enjoy a nice meal. Bury it in the garden. RIP pigeon.


It's not a gift, it's a trophy. Just like what a strawberry floating serial killer would do.

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by Death's Head » Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:02 pm

The scan results show that the dog has a tumour in his liver and spleen, not something that can be operated on (because it has spread and the vet believes there would be a chance of it coming back even if the dog survived the op).

So now the dog is on borrowed time, anything between a week and a year with two end options, one his quality of life simply deteriorates and it is time to put him down and two where the tumour explodes and he is put down or dies within 24 hours of it happening.

The only thing I can take some comfort in is that the dog is unware, ignorance is indeed bliss.

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