Category Archives: My Dogs

Buddy Update 8-25-2014

Since we’ve moved to our temporary digs, we’ve taken Buddy to the vet.  He’s had a problem with incontinence for a while now as well as an enlarged lymph node in his left leg.  It’s like a damn golf ball!

The Vet took an x-ray of his abdomen and they found a large mass that is pushing down on his bladder.  The vet believes that this is a very enlarged lymph node in his abdomen. She showed us the x-ray and it looks to me that it is as big as one of those triangle potato hash browns you can get at some restaurants. 

They did a urine analysis (UA) and the UA said that he has +3 Red Blood Cells in his urine. So the vet but him back on antibiotics even though the last culture said nothing was in there.  He’s taking Simplecef now. I’m wondering if the cancer has erroded into his bladder.  There’s no way to tell according to the vet. 

Buddy is sleeping a lot more on his favorite cushion  and does a lot more shaking than he used to, a lot more than typical “little dog shake.”

I don’t know if Buddy will be with us this time next year.

Buddy’s trip to the vet today

Buddy went to the vet this morning because he wouldn’t eat last night nor would he take food or treats this morning. He vomited last Wednesday evening just before I went to bed.

So he went to the vet and his physical exam was unremarkable. They took some blood and will compare it to blood work drawn at the other vet 2 weeks ago. We will find out results this week. They gave him and appetite stimulant as well which we had out out down his throat because he wouldn’t take a pill pocket.

The vet said to feed him boiled chicken and white rice. Eric sent me a video of Buddy eating his chicken and rice on his pillow. He are like a champ this evening. I am pleased. He’s looking much better than this morning.

Buddy update

I asked to speak with the vet after he examined Buddy today. Everything is status quo with Buddy’s disease. It has neither gotten worse nor gotten better. The vet says Buddy is a happy dog and doing well. We should not expect the cancer to go away completely. The vet did say that his cancer could become resistant to the medication. But for now we will continue current treatment. Now I need to share this with hubby.

Buddy Update 1-18-2013

This past  Wednesday I took Buddy to the Oncology vet again.  My appointment was for 1:30 pm, later than I normally like but the day was convenient for me so I took the appointment.

I arrived, with Buddy at 1:25pm and we were not seen until 2pm.  It was quite busy there with a few dogs and cats in the waiting room but mostly people sitting waiting for their pets.  I saw a very sick cat, a gorgous husky/ malamute dog, and some just adorable big floppy eared dogs.

They took us in at 2pm and I spoke briefly with the vet tech that took Buddy.  Buddy was hesitant to go with them that day and kept trying to leave the room.  I told them he has been coughing more lately and they made note of that and took him.  She said they would draw his blood right away and estimated the time would be about 20 minutes. I left him there and went to Aldi’s to get some trash bags.  Then I went onto Pet Smart for some post vet treats for him.  I picked up some crickets for the gekko (The Gekko is a she but we call her Gordon- teens of the 80’s will understand the reference.)   and two Senior Greenies one petite for Buddy and one Regular sized one for Blue.  (we also use Greenies Pill pockets to give Buddy his Palladia and sometimes his famotidine.  I am told that Greenies are like crack to dogs. They love them but Eric thinks they are too hard to digest so I don’t give them very often.

Forty-eight minutes I get a call saying that Buddy is ready.  I arrive and wait about 20 more minutes to get Buddy back and I pay the bill.

Therapy and Expectations on the Discharge note.

  • No notable peripheral lymphadenopathy
  • previously noted Caudal abdominal mass is note noted today

Rectal exam:

  • Firm thickening at the site of previously excised left anal gland (unchanged)
  • Dorsally several enlarged lymph nodes are palpable along the roof of the pelvic canal (unchanged)

Lungs and heart auscultate clear in all fields.

Recheck CBC shows adequate counts to proceed with treatment

We return in another six weeks.  Thankfully I didn’t have to fight too much I-4 traffic on the way home!

Buddy Update 10-21-2013

Buddy had another  appointment today at the oncology vet.  Our appointment was for 10 am.  We got there at about 10 minutes until 10 and was in a room by 10 am.  They asked me if I was going to wait for Buddy and I asked how long they thought it would be. Carol, the tech, told me 30 to 45 minutes.  I told her I was going to Target (one I haven’t been to in a REALLY long time since I haven’t lived in the area for more than 10 years)

I did a little shopping and got some stuff we needed.  Then I went next door to Pet Smart and got some treats for Buddy and Blue.  ( I always get Buddy a treat for a job well done at the vet)

I came back in 50 minutes and Buddy was done.  They put me in a room and Dr Lurie was there  in less than 1 minute and we spoke for a few moments and then Buddy came in.  We were in and out in 1 hour.  Such a nice difference from previous visits!

Buddy is pretty much the same.  Nothing different about his physical exam.  His blood work looks good.  We will go back at the beginning of December

Remember Me Thursday

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Each year, over 3.4 million shelter pets lose their lives without finding a forever home. Only 30% of pets in US households  come  from a rescue facility. (100% of our dogs come from a shelter)  Animal-lovers and animal welfare organizations across the globe unite on today, Thursday, September 26, 2013 (the fourth Thursday of September, annually) with a Remember Me Thursday pet candle-lighting ceremony. The candles, which will be lit on the exact same day across the world, will honor the millions of pets who lost their lives without the benefit of a loving home and shine a light on the millions of healthy pets who are still awaiting adoption. The Remember Me Thursday global awareness campaign encourages individuals to light a candle this day (literally or virtually) and to opt to adopt, reducing the millions of orphan pets euthanized each year.

Millions of shelter pets lose their lives each and every year. Join the awareness campaign – be a light for pets by promoting awareness about pet adoption. By remembering those we have lost, we can shine a light on the ones we can save.   Together we can make a difference.  Join the movement to save lives.

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Blue
My Shelter dog, Blue
Buddy
My shelter dog, Buddy

  

You will notice me

I’ll be leaving my mark

Like initials carved in an old oak tree
Just wait and see

Maybe I’ll write like Twain wrote
Maybe I’ll paint like Van Gogh
Cure the common cold, I don’t know
But I’m ready to start cause I know in my heart

I wanna do something that matters
Say something different
Something that sets the whole world on its ear
I wanna do something better
With the time I was given
I wanna try to touch a few hearts in this life
Leave nothing less than something that says
I was here

I will prove you wrong
If you think I’m all talk, you’re in for a shock
Cause this dream’s too strong
And before too long

Maybe I’ll compose symphonies
Maybe I’ll fight for world peace
Cause I know it’s my destiny
To leave more than a trace of myself in this place

I wanna do something that matters
Say something different
Something that sets the whole world on its ear
I wanna do something better
With the time I was given
I wanna try to touch a few hearts in this life
Leave nothing less than something that says
I was here

I wanna do something that matters
Say something different
Something that sets the whole world on its ear
(I wanna do something that matters
Say something different
Something that sets the whole world on its ear)

I wanna do something that matters
Say something different
Something that sets the whole world on its ear
I wanna do something better
With the time I was given
I know that I will do more than just pass through this life
And leave nothing less than something that says
I was here
I was here
I was here

Final email results

The practice manager said that she sat down with the lead Chemo tech and the front office manager and read them my email so they could see what was happening from my perspective as a customer. Then she heard their side. They said they were at the mercy of the lab, They said Buddy’s lab work was more extensive than before (CBC and a Chem 12) and they knew it would take longer. But they had some emergencies come in, (understandable) along with scheduled appointments

She addressed directly with the one receptionist,Leah and then the other receptionist who was at there (the one who told me Buddy was having chemo a while back.). She said they used my experience as a learning tool as to a client,s perception of their body language and how they need to be more careful with the information they are presenting to clients and not to be so quick with assumptions.

She went on to say that they have implemented a couple of more policies that they hope will help with communication between the front office staff and the tech’s in the back.

She mentioned that their goal is for their clients to have as positive experience as possible while there with their pets.
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Well, I hope my speaking up about my experiences does not earn me the reputation of being difficult or one client they don’t want to see coming. You know what I mean?? I totally understand what it is like to see someone they just don’t want to deal with coming. I also hope that my next experience is better with them.

In fact, it actually was.  They called me to let me know that they were going to mail the extra Palladia that we needed for Buddy but there was the little matter of $84 that we needed to provide them before they would mail it.  (Like I’m never coming back to the practice and they could make me pay then).  So I called them and gave them a credit card and that went smoothly so I decided to push my luck and ask if I could make Buddy’s next appointment for October and she said “Sure.”  No hassle as to who can make an appointment, or whether I can even make an appointment., etc.  I got my appointment for October 21, 10am.  I hope not to be there until 2 pm like last time again.

Results

Regarding Monday’s visit to the oncology vet I sent that email that I talked about in my previous entry. I was happy to see a response from the actual hospital manger herself.

I am not going to quote from the email because it is business/personal correspondence. She did however thank me for bringing my concerns to her attention. She apologized for the amount of time my previous appointments have taken and to find out what can be done to make Buddy’s visits go smoother. She also said that she wants to sit down with the front office manager to address with her my concerns with the front desk.

Maybe I won’t have to spend half my day at Buddy’s next appointment. I hope my email helps the situation. She promises a follow up email before the weekend.