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Jul 29 2012


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I write this post with a heavy heart, but also hoping that I am just being paranoid.  Nonetheless, I am writing it so that no one will be surprised if this in fact does take a turn for the worse.

Zeus just doesn’t seem to be doing well.  We tried the MP drugs a few weeks ago and he did not tolerate them.  They made him very sick to his stomach and he ended up with pancreatitis.  Since most dogs tolerate them well, Dr. R was very concerned and wanted to do extra bloodwork to see if there was some ‘underlying problem’.  His CBCs showed problems with his WBC and RBC counts which could have been caused by the meds or the pancreatitis, but his liver and kidney values were all normal.  He prescribed Cerenia and Metronidazole for the pancreatitis and wanted follow-up bloodwork in a month (two weeks from now).  I posted in the forums about some symptoms that Zeus developed (overall weakness, rear end weakness and un-cooridination) and suspected that he was experiencing the ‘rare’ neurological side effects of the Metronidazole.  We discontinued that med and he seemed to be improving.  He had a really good week between stopping that med and now.  However, the last couple of days I have noticed that he seems a bit weak in the back legs and not walking as well.

Over the last month or so he has become reluctant to take the one step down from the house to the porch, although he then does the one step from the porch to the yard without hesitation.  We thought maybe he had slipped on the metal threshold at the front door and become wary of that first step.  However, now he doesn’t really show any desire to go any farther out into the yard than to pee and poop and then he just wants to come back in.  No sniffing trips to the mailbox or down the road.  Two days ago I noticed him flinch when he lifted his front leg onto the bumper so that I could lift him into my SUV.  He still seems to be eating/drinking fine, but I do notice that his breathing seems just a bit faster and heavier.

I know that there is a possibility that he strained something and maybe he is just in a bit of pain.  I also read that, if they have the rare  reaction to the Metronidazole, the symptoms can persist for a couple of weeks so maybe that explains the uncoordinated walk.  But, I also know that this cancer shit sucks and that it can surprise you when you least expect it.  I am so fearful that the cancer has spread to another leg or his spine.  And, even though his lung x-rays 1.5 months ago still showed just one small met, I know that can change quickly.  The heavier breathing really worries me.

I really don’t want to subject him to another vet visit.  He hates that place with a passion.  He won’t even look at Dr. R.  Literally, he turns his head away.  He has always hated the vet office and I just don’t want to torture him.

I am trying not to worry and I am hoping that this is just another bump in the road.  But I am also trying to be realistic and not allow myself to be blindsided.  Please keep my boy in your thoughts.

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  1.   princesson 29 Jul 2012 at 7:11 pm     Reply1

    Hi Lisa, I’m so sorry to hear this. It’s a difficult thing to balance being positive but still preparing yourself for the worst.

    If Zeus hates the vet then I understand you not wanting to take him there. Magnum loved the vet but by the end (after the problems with Palladia and being put in hospital overnight) her last trip to the oncology team had her shaking in the waiting room. It broke my heart to see her so scared.

    During Magnum’s last month her bone mets meant she didn’t want to walk far so we would just drive her to the park where she could sniff around and then just sit and enjoy watching everyone. Her ability to adapt to her limitations and continue enjoying life was inspiring. She didn’t want to walk far but she loved being cuddled, loved sitting in the park, loved sitting at the loungeroom window and loved her food.

    If you haven’t got a harness you may want to consider one. I only had one for Magnum’s last week but it enabled me to get her in and out of the car with minimal fuss and pain. I would have been lost without it.

    I can’t remember, has Zeus tried acupuncture?

    Enjoy every precious day. You and Zeus are in my thoughts and prayers. I am praying for you that this is still just a hangover from the yucky meds and that Zeusy will be OK.


  2.   u4fifaon 20 Jun 2016 at 4:49 am     Reply2

    Nobody can do a better job than you.

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