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    Default Ok, I know this one is a DOOZY!!!!1

    Ok, this one is a real doozy. Recently picked up a rescue from the pound, she is a chihuahua/terrier cross. She was much older than we originally thought, and had completely rotten teeth. Had been left with extremely painful mouth and only given dry biscuits in the pound, so weight had dropped to 2.7 kilos (with aheavy chain lead on) by he time we got to her. She also has mammary lumps - yeah I know what you are going to say and no shes never been spayed : (

    Anyway we fed her up for 2 weeks managed to get her up to 3 kilos and by the way she is approx 10-12 years old!!! Vet took out all rotten teeth she only has 4 left!! But her appetite is excellent.

    Anyway we need to operate on her to get lumps off and out, one is quite large, but when took her to vets she said her heart rate was too low, for her to have surgery today and to bring her back over next couple of days to listen to heart at least twice more so can see if it improves.

    When she had her anasthetic 2 weeks ago she recovered extremely well though, and she is a very energetic dog and very lively, however her blood tests before having teeth out said she was a bit anaemic, Ive heard anemia can cause low heart rate? Although I will of course follow my vets advice, any ideas anyone if there is anything we can do to help her heart rate??

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    Ok 'Bella44' - I understand getting the teeth fixed up - most important - but the mammary lumps ? Are they causing her any problems with her walking around or are they just unsightly ?

    If they are not affecting her immediate health - and they are just lumps - and as you and the vet believe her to 10 - 12 years old - can it not wait for a while ?

    I would be more inclined to give her a break and get her food intake and weight under control and also her overall health under control - before I looked at anything more at the moment.

    Heaps of kudos for you rescuing 'an oldie' !

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    Hi Bella...i 'liked' your post because of what you have done...not becasue i like hearing of a dog in her condition. I've got nothing to offer sorry...i'm a dumbass when it comes to dog health, i just go with what my vet tells me.

    But i'm wishing you both the best of luck and a sheeeet load of good karma......the world needs more peopl like you.

    Does the little lass have a name ??


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    I can't offer any advice, only to say your a Saint for rescuing this little girl good on you and may the bastard who dumped her rot in Hell.
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    Thank you all for your kind words, yep when we picked Missy up you could smell her from 3 feet away because her teeth were literally green, not pale or dark yellow but green, the smell literally made me want to vomit : ( We put her on instant Science Diet ( build up food from the vet) and antibiotics, it was painful for her to even eat soft pappy food that was virtually liquidiZed, but we managed. Poor little lamb. No way we could have left her there, Missy is such a darling.
    The mammary lumps are a problem, we dont know how long they have been there, and we have to remove them before they turn 'bad' and spread to other organs ie the lungs, its being caught between the devil and the deep blue sea, what do you do ? : ( She is not strong enough for another surgery, but they could turn 'bad'. She is however Im pleased to report a very loving, tender, gentle dog very affectionate and very energetic!!! She is much more comfortable now her mouth is not full of pain so that at least is good. She seems to be enjoying life for an oldie, nosy and into everything and not shy about barking : ) I guess we just dont know how much time we will have with her.....

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    This story made my day, you are giving her a great finish for a crappy life story. Kudos to you. You will get every support possible on this forum.
    No help personally but just want to say, very pleased to have you here

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    'Bella44' - I am really surprised your vet didn't do an FNA (fine needle aspiration biopsy) on your little girl while she was under with her teeth - to check out 'her lumps' !

    Not all lumps are cancer - but please look at FNA before any other surgery.

    It sounds to me that she was a breeding bitch - used and abused by a BYB - so really at her age - if this was me - I would be doing my best to make sure that what time she has left - is as best as I could do.

    I don't know - but as all of us get older - we all have lumps and bumps - maybe her lumps and bumps are just part of this pup - and are not serious !

    Please be guided by your vet as to what is the best thing for your little girl !




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    To build her strength and help with anaemia you can try adding pureed liver to her food. Just a little to start with as it can be rich and upset tummies that aren't used to it. You may find her strength and general health improve quite rapidly now that she can eat well. She may need an extra week or so to stabilise condition and extra health before another anaesthetic.

    Mammary lumps can be cancerous, but can also be painful even if not dangerous.

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    Has your vet suggested any supplements to build up her general health?
    I hope it goes well for you both, she sounds like a lovely girl.

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    http://www.greyhoundproductsdirect.c...od_Booster.pdf
    your dog would only need about 2g a day

    http://www.greyhoundproductsdirect.c...iquid_Iron.pdf
    there are also cheaper straight iron supplements like this one, 1ml per 10kg bodyweight.

    add it to some nice fresh food for her to help boost her system. Her heart will be slow also from the infected teeth, all those toxins can damage the heart as well as causing coughing. My 10 year old pug was similar, rotten teeth and constant coughing before we got her. My friend was fostering her, I had her put on antibiotics, teeth out and good as gold. I also put her on the Vets All Natural diet and raw foods she's as fit as a fiddle. I found the Sprinter Gold Muscle Pro powder good for keeping muscle condition on the oldies too without fattening them

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