Wednesday, March 26, 2014

In Honor of Hunter

Hunter has not been well for the past few weeks and he would get better for a day or two then get worse again.  I really started to worry when he stopped eating unless I fed him by hand.

I took him to the vet and the bloodwork looked good, but he had a lot of blood in his urine and his midsection was sore enough that he bit the vet.  We decided on xrays as the next step as the vet thought maybe he had stones - he doesn't but there were big shadows in his liver and kidneys and both were enlarged.

She said that he likely had tumors and that she couldn't do much other than explore to confirm the tumors and give me a timeline for him dying.  We opted not to stress him out any more and instead put him on heavy meds and say our goodbyes over the next week or two.

He's been in a lot of pain recently and struggles to go outside for his walks, or up the stairs, he is looking very old and haggard and in pain.  With the new meds, I can tell he's more comfortable as he's eating again and this has helped all around because Karma refuses to eat unless he's at least half way through his bowl.   

We'll say our goodbyes to our lovely little family member who is always under our feet looking for a snack, who patiently waits for us by the door when we go out and who likes to sleep for hours on end as a pass time.  He was a good little dog and we'll miss him a lot, but it's better that he's out of pain and that we remember all the good things about him.

Hunter now, old and grey and just wanting some rest

Family hike with Hunter when he was just a pup

1 comment:

Marty and Helen said...

So sorry to hear. Part of the family for such a long time.