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Southsideirish Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 01:22 PM
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Pet owners - watch out for an insidious disease - thrombocytopenia.
Its internal bleeding that manifests itself in skin bruises. Seems innocuous enough but its horrible. Our Maltese died yesterday and only began bleeding in his urine on Friday. We had seen the bruises but ignored them as Malties often get weird skin blotches as they are so white .
If you see off blotches/spots on your dog - race him or her to the vet. I will never forgive myself for not doing so as he was the sweetest animal I ever met.
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ThomCat Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 01:32 PM
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1. I'm very sorry about your loss.
That is very good advice. I've learned from having cats that you can't tell if they're sick or injured until they are very sick or injured. At the first sign, get it checked out.
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redqueen Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:42 PM
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2. So sorry for your loss... and thanks for this notice.
:pals:
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demnan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:44 PM
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3. I'm so sorry
You can't blame yourself for not knowing. Your dog knew you loved him! :hug:
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BarenakedLady Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:48 PM
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4. I'm so sorry
thanks for the information though.

:hug:
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Avalux Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:52 PM
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5. I'm so very sorry.
Please forgive me but I do have a question - "thrombocytopenia" is the term for a reduction in platelets (the part of the blood that clots), not an actual disease. Did the vet tell you what could have caused the thrombocytopenia; what illness? Or is it something genetic that can happen?

Thanks for sharing this information and again, I am sorry for your loss. :hug:
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miss_american_pie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:52 PM
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6. I'm sorry for your loss
:hug:
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NewWaveChick1981 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 02:59 PM
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7. I'm so sorry for you, Southsideirish...
:hug: :cry: I will keep my eye on my dogs for anything like that. :pals: I am so sorry for your loss.
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hopein08 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Oct-23-06 07:10 PM
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8. I'm so sorry for the lost of you Maltese...
And thank you for sharing the details. We lost our precious beagle last March due to congestive heart failure and, in reality, her symptoms had shown up a few days before we realized it wasn't getting any better and took her to the vet. And it was too late. But she had always been sick so we figured it was just a usual flare-up of something else. But I will definitely keep that your story and the symptoms in mind with our new puppy.

My sister's boyfriend sent this to her when our beagle died, maybe it can give you some comfort.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

Last Night

I stood by your bed last night, I came to have a peek.
I could see that you were crying, You found it hard to sleep.
I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
"It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."
I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea,
You were thinking of the many times, your hands reached down to me.
I was with you at the shops today, Your arms were getting sore.
I longed to take your parcels, I wish I could do more.
I was with you at my grave today, You tend it with such care.
I want to re-assure you, that I'm not lying there.
I walked with you towards the house, as you fumbled for your key.
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said " it's me."
You looked so very tired, and sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know, that I was standing there.
It's possible for me, to be so near you everyday.
To say to you with certainty, "I never went away."
You sat there very quietly, then smiled, I think you knew...
in the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.
The day is over... I smile and watch you yawning
and say "good-night, God bless, I'll see you in the morning."
And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand, side by side.
I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out...then come home to be with me.
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