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    Ethan update (post #36)

    I haven't been active much lately, partially because of Ethan's health.
    He has had a ton of issues with bladder infections this past year. About a month ago he got yet another, was put on antibiotics and seemingly got better. Although his bladder issue was resolved, he began losing weight despite me doubling what I normally fed him. Back to the vet we went and he got put on another round of antibiotics for what seemed to be a mild bacterial infection. He was around 22 lbs when weighed (his normal is more like 30-32 lbs). We finished the meds up and he is the same, this time with his appetite deteriorating and his legs starting to swell.

    We had yet ANOTHER visit to the vet (as many of you know first-hand... its really adding up!). This time bloodwork and xrays. Bloodwork comes back pretty darn nice considering his age and condition. A few things were low, but nothing that raised any eyebrows (one was protein, thats all I remember). His xrays didn't show anything to be concerned about, either. Kidneys are fine, heart is fine, etc.

    The vet isn't sure exactly what is causing Ethan's issues. It could be a number of things. He suspects a virus, but says there is a chance of it being intestinal lymphoma. He is on the appropriate meds to fight the suspected virus and is staying at my sister's house for the weekend so he can be closer to the vet's office if he gets any worse (the vet we use is an hour drive from here). On Monday he will have another checkup to see how things are going. Basically, if it turns out to not be a virus, then the next step is exploratory surgery to take a biopsy.

    Its so weird to not have Ethan here at the house! I know my sister is taking great care of him, but still... I miss my baby!
    Anyway, if you could send some good vibes Ethan's way that would be great. He could use all that he can get!


    Here's my little bibbles taken yesterday. This picture doesn't show just how skinny he is. When he lays on his side its just ribs.
    Lately I've taken to lovingly calling him Skeletor.
    Last edited by Casper; 05-07-2013 at 06:40 AM.

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    Aww, we can tell he's way too skinny, poor guy! He'll be in our prayers!
    I've Been Frosted

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    Thanks, Karen. My sister told me that today he is doing pretty well. He didn't want to eat any dog food, but he took full advantage of a healthy offering of chicken breast and some other human foods. As long as he's eating something, then I'm happy!

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    Oh poor Ethan. Pawsitive thoughts and prayers that the vet finds out what's wrong with him and he gets better.

    Forever in my heart...Lacey,Sassy,Mandy,Corey,Ginger,Casey

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    Will say lots of prayers for Ethan. Not knowing how to help is the worst. Will say a prayer for you too.

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    Prayers for Ethan from us too. I hope the trouble is pin pointed & he begins to feel & eat better soon.
    I've Been Boo'd

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    Charles Mackay, Scottish journalist, circa 1841

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