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Tue Mar 24, 2020, 06:57 PM

I'm going to lose my dog.

Last week I found out that my dog has a mass in his intestine.

He was scheduled for surgery with my vet yesterday, but he spiked a fever under anesthesia, so she reversed it.

We ended up at a specialty clinic where he is in surgery now.

The surgeon just called me to give me the bad news. The tumor seems to have already destroyed his pancreas and it is in a really bad spot. I gave her permission to remove the tumor, remove the pancreas, and reroute some GI plumbing so he can still live.

But he will immediately become diabetic, and his prognosis is poor.

I'm devastated.

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Reply I'm going to lose my dog. (Original post)
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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 06:59 PM

1. Awful moment when your fur baby is unwell.

Hang in there!

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 07:00 PM

2. My heart breaks for you

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 07:01 PM

3. I am so sorry. I hope the fact you have given your buddy every possible chance

and have done everything possible gives you some comfort. May you have some good quality time with your older pup, yet.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 07:01 PM

4. So sorry, milestogo.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 07:02 PM

5. I am so sorry

Dog lover here.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 07:04 PM

6. Sorry what you are going through Miles. Hope things turn out ok for your dog in spite

of the prognosis

Dogs with diabetes can be managed quite well with insulin


Take care

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 07:05 PM

7. I'm so sorry

At least you'll have a bit of time to say goodbye.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 07:05 PM

8. I am so sorry. I will keep special thoughts for a miracle.

I wish you strength and good wishes that something amazing can happen as he recovers from the surgery. Iím not well-spoken tonight, I just canít find the right words, but my heart goes out to you. Our dogs really are our best friend.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 07:06 PM

9. Hugs to you and puppers

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 07:07 PM

10. So sorry to hear this.

Our fur babies are members of our family, and when we lose them we are devastated. I'm sure you are a great parent to him. You are giving him every chance.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 07:07 PM

11. I'm so sorry

It is so hard to lose our best friend.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 07:08 PM

12. I am so sorry you will spend your time together

with a poor prognosis
Let us know how itís going after surgery if you can

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 07:10 PM

13. I'm so sorry milestogo. My Cindy was diagnosed with diabetes at 12

years old. Itís manageable and it gave us two more years with her. Wishing you all the best. PM me if youíd like .

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 07:12 PM

14. Oh, I am sorry, what sad news,

my heart goes out to you and him. I hold you both in the light at this time, it's too much with, all the current events. Hold on to your essential self, take it step by step in the days ahead, do what is needed and take time for yourself, care for him and continue to love him while you can. Peace and comfort to you both.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 07:14 PM

15. I am so very sorry.💔

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 07:16 PM

16. I am so sorry, I really am.

I had an older dog with health issues, and it is truly heartbreaking to see your babydog suffer at any age. Sending you both all my love.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 07:18 PM

17. Oh, I Am So Very Sorry

My best to you both. I hope he pulls through and lives many more years.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 07:19 PM

18. So sorry. May you have time together, and your baby comfort. He will be glad to come home

and he will feel loved. ❤️

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 07:19 PM

19. I cried a river when my Rocky died

he's still within me

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 07:20 PM

20. I'm just realizing that he may immediately go blind.

My heart is breaking.

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Response to milestogo (Reply #20)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 07:23 PM

22. Life can be ruthlessly cruel sometimes.

I am glad your dog was lucky enough to have found you. Please give him a gentle scratch on the chest for me when you get him home.

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Response to milestogo (Reply #20)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 08:49 PM

38. I can't find an online version of this story, but look up the story about Digger by James Herriot

It's about a dog who goes blind, and his owner is in despair about it. But with his owner's help, Digger is perfectly happy going for walks. I can't remember the exact wording but the gist of the story has always stuck with me--dogs don't know that it's sad that they're going blind. They adjust and adapt; that's the way dogs are.

It's like dogs that have to have a leg removed because of cancer; they have no idea that it's sad, they just go "okay, this is different, so I'll figure out how to run and play with what I've got."

I'm so sorry about the shock of the diagnosis. Dogs are absolutely extraordinary beings who deserve to only ever have good things happen to them. But he won't be sad; he'll love you just as much as ever and he'll love being loved by you just as much as ever.

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Response to renate (Reply #38)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 08:55 PM

42. I had a dog who lost an eye many years ago.

It had to be removed because there was a tumor behind it. She did run into things now and then, but as my vet said "you'd be surprised how much they rely on their noses".

I can't wait to see him. Due to the virus, no human patients are allowed in. I hope he survives till I can pick him up.

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Response to milestogo (Reply #42)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 12:23 AM

58. Our schnauzer who developed diabetes when she was 8

did end up going blind. She was able to get around OK though, even when my family moved houses. I have Creon if you need any (pancreas), it can be expensive.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 07:21 PM

21. I'm so sorry.

It's brutal. (((Hugs)))

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 07:30 PM

23. Is there any way you can take your dog to a nearby veterinary school?

Years ago, I had a beloved beagle, who had all sorts of maladies. I took her to the closest vet school (which was 200 miles) away and left her there for a 6 week treatment schedule.

It was unbelievable what they did for her. Most of the independent vets had given up on her, but a vet school has the resources and vet students and top vets who are their professors.

It's probably not cheap, but it's worth considering if that's feasible. My baby lived another 5 years thanks to our local vet school.

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Response to DonaldsRump (Reply #23)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 07:47 PM

24. I live in a city with a great vet school, but they are closed to new patients due to COVID-19.

Otherwise I would have had his surgery done there. It was my first choice.

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Response to milestogo (Reply #24)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 07:53 PM

27. Dear God in heaven

When Trump's FUBARing of COVID-19 affects our four-legged best friends, as well as has sentient human beings actually considering that sacrificing "old people" to help Trump cover up for his eff-ups makes sense, we may well and truly be lost.

Please contact the school to get a special consult and see if there is any way the vet school can help. Perhaps your vet can try too.

I am an eternal optimist and always believe there is a way. Excuse me if I am too optimistic, but I cannot stand the thought of losing anyone (human, canine etc) to this.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 07:49 PM

25. So sorry....

Never a good time to lose a doggie but this is an especially rough time. My heart goes out to you.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 07:52 PM

26. Oh no.

Iím so very sorry to hear this. Like there isnít enough going on...this is so hard.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 07:54 PM

28. I'm so sorry

Want you to know my grandmotherís dog lived well for some years after becoming diabetic. Takes extra care, but maybe can recover and have more good life. Hang in there, and Iím hoping for the best for you and your pupper.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 07:55 PM

29. I'm very sorry.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 08:07 PM

30. I am so sorry for you and your friend.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 08:29 PM

31. It is just crushing to lose a pet you love.

I feel your pain.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 08:36 PM

32. So sorry, milestogo.

Itís hard to lose a beloved pet, but Iím sure youíve given him a lot of love in his life.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 08:37 PM

33. I'm very sorry. You obviously love him very much.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 08:42 PM

34. Awwwwwww.... I'm so sorry. We had to part with one of our cats in January.

I'm so sorry. It's the worst.

Here's a safe-distance hug.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 08:43 PM

35. My dig was poisoned last year and it destroyed the

Pancreas..didnt eat for 17 days doctor did an ultrasound liver was destroyed 4th doctor was on deaths door. The doctor showed me how to force feeder but she thought it was useless but after another 17 days she started eating on her own.
She is a diabetic going blind but is surviving and happy.....she was a older rescue dog in kennels for 2 yrs.....so my prayers to you anything is possible

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 08:46 PM

36. The Hardest Part of being a pet parent

Is what you are now facing. I feel your pain. Your doggie will be with you forever. Be strong for your baby. I will light a candle.

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Response to Cozmo (Reply #36)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 09:24 PM

47. Amen.

Through the long years, I have finally realized that people live longer than pets and that the love from a pet is worth the pain from losing one.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 08:47 PM

37. Our dog had diabetes and she lived for

4 more years! She got shots and if she had a seizure we gave her corn syrup. Very manageable.

For the pancreas put her on some Creon. It is what people take for it and it works well.

My little dog turned 17 on Sat and I am still in shock. None our family's dogs lived past 16. I hope your baby recovers and makes it to the next birthday and the one after that.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 08:49 PM

39. I am so sorry. They are family and owners are the parents. Take care.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 08:51 PM

40. I'm so so sorry.

Hoping he beats it and rallies back.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 08:54 PM

41. I am holding you and especially fur child in my heart, soul and intense prayer.

💜

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Response to sprinkleeninow (Reply #41)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 09:06 PM

43. thank you

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 09:15 PM

44. I can't imagine what you are going through.

Love to you and healing thoughts to your sweet doggie

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 09:21 PM

45. ...

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 09:21 PM

46. I am so sorry.

A pet's loss is unlike anything else.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 09:28 PM

48. Nothing is worse than losing a loved one.

I am so sorry, my heart goes out to you. Dogs give us so much joy. Remembering the joy can bring us some measure of peace. The love will always remain.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 09:30 PM

49. I am so so sorry

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 09:59 PM

50. I am so very sorry.

I know how it hurts to lose a beloved pet.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 10:01 PM

51. I am so sorry.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 10:01 PM

52. I am so sorry.

A particularly awful time to lose your beloved dog. I am just so sorry!

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 10:02 PM

53. I'm so sorry

Losing a special friend and companion is never easy. Take advantage of the time you have and let that dog know how much you love him/her.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 10:06 PM

54. I hope you get to spend some quality time

with your fur baby when he comes home.

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Response to SharonClark (Reply #54)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 10:20 PM

56. I just hope he comes home.

He's been in surgery for over 4 hours now.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 10:16 PM

55. Heartbreaking. So sorry for your loss. I lost my sweet Daisy a year ago

I still miss her so much

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Tue Mar 24, 2020, 10:24 PM

57. I am so very sorry.

In December my 5 year old Standard Poodle, farm dog extraordinaire and my best buddy got sick. Went to the vet, had a tight abdomen and they aspirated blood. Off to Kansas State that night with a promise of a full xray series in the morning and surgery if they found a suspected tumor on his spleen. They found that tumor and 4 others on his liver. 5 years old, my best pal, my bubby and horse barn helper. We drove in that night and put him to sleep, there was nothing else to do. From best buddy running around the barn one day to gone in 2 days. I am so very sorry for you and your sweet dog. It sucks so badly and hurts so much.

I am holding you all in my heart. It is something none of us wants to have happen but we all do and there is a certain sorrow for everyone we know when they have to go through it. Cry hard and often and get that out. Once it subsides enough if you are so lonely go rescue someone else. It will help you and if there is anything after this life your dog who misses you too will be happy for you and proud he meant so much you needed to do that. So many hugs to you.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 12:50 AM

59. I am sorry

It is hard when a member of the family is not doing well. I remember losing my dog six years ago.

My middle child's bearded collie has a tumor on the liver. We were able to have it removed and the dog is doing well.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 01:04 AM

60. Take heart, dear friend

Diabetes can be managed. You have extended your time together with the surgery.

Dogs can make amazing comebacks. I had an off the track Greyhound that was diagnosed with bone cancer in his hip. The vets at OSU gave him 2 months if we didn't amputate his leg. I said no--this guy lives to run and play, even if he can't do it so well now. He made it another two years.

Try to keep your attitude positive, especially around your pupster. He will know if you are sad and already mourning him. Keep healing and loving thoughts in your mind.

Take care of yourself and your boy.

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Response to milestogo (Original post)

Wed Mar 25, 2020, 02:45 AM

61. So sorry about this. I had to make a similar decision earlier this year

Had a cat since 2000. Suddenly, she got much thinner, then she stopped eating on the day I was supposed to take her to the vet to see what was going on.

She had kidney failure. Had the same option of expensive care that would extend her life, but the vet said it would mean the rest of her life was painful and she'd still die within a couple of months.

I decided to spare her the pain, and let her go. I couldn't have her suffer, simply because it would hurt me to say goodbye so soon. Hardest thing I ever did. I was there with her until the end. She never took her eyes off me, until she was gone. My darling Annie...

About a month later, I was still so depressed about her death that my husband said, let's get another cat. You need a furry friend to heal your heart. So we went to the same shelter where we'd gotten Annie and found a beautiful new girl to bring home. My husband was right. My new kitty doesn't replace Annie in my heart, but she does get me to focus on the present and the future. She's soft and sweet-natured and can be cuddly. Not as cuddly as Annie was, but, then, Annie wasn't all that lovey at first, either.

Not a day goes by that I don't think of Annie, but I'm at peace with her passing now.

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