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 Post subject: Prayers for My baby Blu. Update
PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:20 am 
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My little boy Blu needs your prayers. I don't know what is going on, he was whining a little on and off yesterday then at midnight his hind legs were limp, he can't walk at all, he seems in pain and the vet can only see him today at 1 pm. I have cried all night, I don't know what to do. Please keep him in your hearts, thoughts and prayers.

Just came from the vet. Blu has degenerative disk disease, several disks are affected. He still has a little feeling on his back paws and the vet said he has a 25% chance of recovery on Prednisone. No guarantees on surgery results, if we go towards that option, it costs about $4000, And it all can happen again. The vet also said no one does this kind of surgery in the next several counties, I would have to go to SLC. So, since he is only 4 yeas old, otherwise healthy, we are being positive and praying he will defy the odds and make a full recovery. Because the medication will take care of his pain, we are going for the 15 day treatment with Prednisone. Please keep him in you prayers.

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 Post subject: Re: Prayers for My baby Blu.
PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 7:25 am 
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I hope that your vet can give you a definitive diagnosis with a simple and effective treatment. Thinking of you today.


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 Post subject: Re: Prayers for My baby Blu.
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Sending prayers for Blu. It sounds like it might be his back, but if it is, I hope it's rest, confinement and some good drugs to get him back on his feet.

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 Post subject: Re: Prayers for My baby Blu. Update
PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 1:52 pm 
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Thanks. I am heart broken with the vets conclusion.

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 Post subject: Re: Prayers for My baby Blu. Update
PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 6:34 pm 
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Try the Prednisone and rest. No playing, running jumping at all. Total crate rest, walk on leash or carry to go outside. I would also consider getting a second opinion. Continuing prayers for baby Blu. :hp

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 Post subject: Re: Prayers for My baby Blu. Update
PostPosted: Tue Aug 26, 2014 10:31 pm 
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I can't sleep at all. He is crying now. Had to go pee on the towell I put under him to sleep. He has no control of his little body movements. Trying to keep him hydrated with a medical serynge. Am I being too selfish and not being kind to him, trying to keep him with me a little longer? I am holding on to hope that the prednisone will kick in quickly. That he will not be in pain and may have a good rest till tomorrow. I guess I also need your prayers.

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 Post subject: Re: Prayers for My baby Blu. Update
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Sending my prayers for you both. Sounds like he also needs pain meds. No you are not selfish for not giving up, I would do the same thing as you. Please read the IVDD threads here, we have had several dogs that have been paralyzed, had surgery and long recoveries, and are doing wonderful now. I hope they can help you with suggestions. I would also seek a second opinion. The big red flag to me in your first post was that you had to wait until 1:00 to see the vet, I would change vets if I had an emergency and they would not see me first thing in the am. Luckily it only happened once and they said to come in ASAP at 8 am.

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 Post subject: Re: Prayers for My baby Blu. Update
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Marcia: I'm so sorry you are going through this with Blu. I agree with a second opinion/specialist if you can find one. I'm also sending you a PM.

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 Post subject: Re: Prayers for My baby Blu. Update
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It makes me sick just reading this. I can only imagine how awful you feel for Blu and poor Blu. Hopefully Blu defies the odds with treatment.

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 Post subject: Re: Prayers for My baby Blu. Update
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Marcia my prayers for you and for Blu. I know the feeling of despair and frustration when our 4 legged kids get sick. Stay put. Keep in touch.

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 Post subject: Re: Prayers for My baby Blu. Update
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Thank you all. It helps me a lot to have a place to sound off my pain. It has been been a long day. No improvement yet. I am trying different ways to keep him clean, hydrated and comfortable. Bought some bed liners, baby swimmers diapers(that did not work well because the poop made a mess mixed up with his fur, ended up shaving all his legs and giving him a bath), and feminine pads to use with his belly belt (that worked best for me to keep him clean). Called the vet for some pain meds for him but his tech told me the prednisone was a pain medication that he did not need anymore. I went to a pharmacist and asked if I could give him some pain meds I had at home (left over from my other dog ACL surgery) together with the prednisone and he said it would be ok. So I did it and he looks more comfortable.
Met my orthopedic doctor at the store and asked his opinion on Blu's prognosis, he said that with so many damaged discs(8) he would not put him thru the surgery, that I should just love him and kiss him good bye. It is so hard to think about that, it brings tears to my eyes. I have been crying so much, my head hurts but I am still hoping for a miracle even though I do not want him to suffer I want to see if the prednisone will make him whole again.
He is crying again. I must go. We both thank you for your prayers.

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 Post subject: Re: Prayers for My baby Blu. Update
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I don't know what to say. This just breaks my heart for you and blu. Sooo so sorry

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 Post subject: Re: Prayers for My baby Blu. Update
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My heart goes out to you and your family.
I am sending prayers that the medication helps and Blu starts to feel better.
Gentle hugs to you.

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 Post subject: Re: Prayers for My baby Blu. Update
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My Jennie blew a disc and required surgery. There are two there discs the doctor said "could" cause an issue; apparently sometimes they are a later issue and some dogs don't have other issues. The call obviously is your's to make. However I do suggest, if the vet that saw him is not a specialist in the area of spinal issues, find one if you can. I have exceptional vets but when Jennie came up paralyzed they didn't even see her - they called the specialty hospital and sent us there immediately. I do not mean a vet that "knows orthopedics", I mean a neurosurgeon. Also Jennie was on IV steroids for 24 hours before she had an MRI to ascertain what was going on. She also had IV pain killer to keep her comfortable and sedated somewhat to minimize her moving around. I also would question why your vet would hear about a paralyzed pup that was in pain and wait several hours before seeing him. An emergency - especially something like that - needs to be seen immediately.

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 Post subject: Re: Prayers for My baby Blu. Update
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My prayers are going out to you and your sweet baby. You might contact Kim Kiernan. She is on here. Her Poppy went through something similar and is doing much better now. I don't know if it was exactly the same, but Kim is very knowledgeable. Best of luck!


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Thanks Julie for sending her my way. I sent a pm.

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 Post subject: Re: Prayers for My baby Blu. Update
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Thanks Kim, for your time and kindness. I had an over the phone consultation with a veterinary neurologist in Salt Lake City. He was so kind.
I gave him the information on Blu's medical records and how he is right now. He said the intense anal bleeding that he has been experiencing today is caused by too much prednisone. He explained to me that since he has no feeling in his back legs that it was a very bad sign. He did not believe the surgery would offer him more than 25% chance of partial recovery, if any at all. I asked if the prednisone treatment was going to make any difference. He said that it wasn't. We discussed what would be his future and it is not the one he deserves. My husband and I decided we did not want him to suffer any longer. We both love him and I can not stand seeing him in pain. With a heavy heart and lots of tears, we have reached the heart breaking decision to let him go. We are spending his last hours doing his favorite things, sitting on his favorite spot in the porch. Watching him eat his chewy bone and growling at the other dogs not to hope to get a piece of it. He is looking at me now, I am terribly sad, his appointment is at 4 pm, it will be extremely difficult but I will be there to kiss him good bye. Thanks everyone for your support I wish I had better news.

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 Post subject: Re: Prayers for My baby Blu. Update
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Marcia,
I am so very sorry! I am in tears right along with you.
Blu is lucky to have you, and he knows how much you both love him.
Thinking of you.

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:cry I'm so very sorry. Poor Baby Blu. We don't understand these things, but know in your heart that you are doing a loving act. My heart breaks for you all, as it is a very hard decision and even harder to say goodbye. Sending prayers and strength. :hp Run free Blu, you will be out of pain. :run

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Just reading this and I am so sorry. :cry

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This breaks my heart. I am so sad for you. You are doing the most humane thing for him. You are a loving, caring mama. God Bless you and Baby Blu. :hp


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It sounds as if you followed up with experts and did the best you could given Blu's prognosis. I'm sorry for your loss. It is never easy.

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Thanks for understanding. Blu passed away peacefully at 4:10 pm. He was not only loved but adored by me and whomever met him. My happy and sweet little one went away too soon. I am so heart broken. I was hopeful and going to wait the 15 days with the prednisone treatment if he was not to be in pain, but not only he was in pain but today he started bleeding profusely from his anus. I could not take looking at his eyes and seeing his pain. No matter how much I caressed him, how careful I was handling his little body or assured him he was loved and that he was going to be alright. It did not justify keeping him around in this condition. Now there is no more pain, he is at peace rolling, crawling, running and enjoying the heavenly fields, carrying pine cones and loving everyone around him until I can be there to hold him in my arms again.
He will be forever missed and never forgotten. Thanks guys for going thru it all with me. It was comforting.

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Marcia you took Blu's pain and made it your own. There is no great gift that you could have given to him. My heart goes out to you and your family in this difficult time.

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My heart is breaking for you. I am so sorry.

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