Fingers crossed here too.
Fingers crossed here too.
Any posts made under the name of Di_dee1 one can be used by anyone as I do not give a rats.
I wouldnt bother giving the poor service vet a phone call. Just bypass that and report him to the vet's governing body in your state.
Beware prescriptions for antibiotics. And human/animal that is otherwise healthy should have no problems fighting off infection without them. And there isnt a fungal/viral infection that responds to them.
This issue is not just with Vets, but General Practitioners also. And being in the medical profession myself, i can tell you, heaps of qualifications dont always mean they know what they are doing! In fact, THE most singularly highly qualified Dr in Victoria in my field, was much awaited, as we all knew her prestigeous line of letters after her name, she was a professor. And i had more clinical knowledge in my little finger than that woman had!
Vets are no different, just coz you are good with livestock, does not mean you are good with domestic animals.
I always go by word of mouth.
Ask the sick aged dog's owner in the park, where they go, and how satisfied they are with the service over the years.
Ask in the waiting room how they've found the vet? Do a google search on the name. Google scholar should have any articles written by the vet, and on the vet, books published etc.
But trust your gut instinct. You knew this vet was dodgy, your instinct told you right. But you were in a needs must scenario, do ignored your instincts for the sake of your dogs health.
Good luck, and do let us know how it goes please?
my heart was beating on the way to pick my animals up! sam & desexed cats x
Sam look very frightened and the first thing i noticed was the spot where his lump was , was now flat and very red!
He was stumbling and didnt seem like my Sammy . the vet was explaining to dad about heaps of stuff i was listening but some went over my head, i was cuddling my boy!
anyway, i heard them say it was cancer and about a week to find out exactly what.
he said that he had takin the contents of the lump out, he had tube or needle in his hand filled with thick red stuff, but didnt want to be too invasive and go in too far.
He told me to feel where the lump had been, as there was a small hole in the bone, [and he may be able to go back in or something into the hole to suss that out, sorry lost that part]
he was very drowsy in the car , going in and out of sleep, seemed a lil dehydrated. he sat on me.
at home he was a bit stumbly at first but i gave him a drink right away, then he started running which was good to see! .. kind of, dont want him to over do it you know!
his legs were shaking when he was doing a number 2 , so was a little weak!
when he was eating, he had to sit down .
He had a raw chicken carcass, dry dog food and some bread (that was for the chickens) he sat and pawed for it though, so how could i refuse?
sitting down enjoying his dinner, i can get better pics on my digital soon .x
thanks again all .x
Poppy - I hope they got all the cancer. Hoping that you hear something definite soon - sometimes waiting for the diagnosis is harder than hearing it!
Be wary of feeding a dog that has been under anaesthetic too much - they tend to bring it back up - ergh!
oh thank you everyone so much for the support, really helpful! and for the advice Occy, i was a a little worried about that!
they all had big appetites , tea has kept down so far, so heres hoping it stays there!
hes an outside dog but i might bring him in for a while, for a nap on the couch BIG privilege for him, but hes done very well today!... it hurts to think he doesn't know whats going on, being away from home, being poked and picked at .x
i hope he understands as much as he can
Thinking of you and Sam.
so sorry to hear about Sam...all the best to your pooch!
i felt the hole, its not so small
it goes around size of my thumb ...
i cant believe it, that is not normal ... he has a hole in his head and like the vet said when its in the bone theres not much you can do .
im really hoping it was mild , i don't mind if he has a hole and lives for another 5 - 10 years!
as long as hes in no pain.
anyway i went out to lay with him last night at bout 10 - 10:30 , loong day, might bring him in tonight but was a beautiful breezy summer night, out here in the country you can see all the stars!
then i saw a shooting star, it flew across the sky .
i made a wish on it when i got back inside, hope that wasnt too late and i hope it comes true i really do .xx
by the way,
how should i go as far as exercise? he only had the anesthetic yesterday but he's normal as far as activity goes, can he have his walk?
It sounds like osteosarcoma and it moves quickly. Im sorry - but it does. Bone cancer is a bitch. I will PM you the addy of a friend whose dog went through 10 months of therapy before she passed. Ultimately, everything you do has to be about quality of life. If he enjoys going for a run - do it! if he wants to lie around - same deal!
Go education yourself about the cancer. The prognosis isn't good - I hate to put it like that - you seem like a nice girl and you have a lot of love for Sammy - but it is what it is.
You are only given what you can cope with. I lost three dogs to cancer last year within 5 months and I didn't think I could cope - but I did. I lost one a day after diagnosis, I lost another without diagnosis and I lost the third a week later.
If it is as you describe it you time is limited but quality of life is the most important thing.
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