Vacation begins on a low note

Our sweet Bear

We have known for awhile that our Lab, Bear, is getting old.  She has really slowed down, and has lost a lot of strength in her hind quarters over the past year or so.  When you are an 88 lb. dog and you are almost 13, losing weight and slowing down is just the way it goes in the normal progression of things.  So we have been watching her and in the past week or two she very suddenly has just dropped many pounds.  Barely gets up.  Doesn’t eat much.  We took her to the vet to see if we could get an idea of what’s going on and how to make the end of her life a quality one.  We are pleased that she has had such a great, long life.  We have been steeling ourselves for  the worst, but for now, we have gotten the gift of a little more time with her.

Our vets are wonderful and we agreed that we would treat her for her symptoms to make her more comfortable.  Pain meds, heart medication and some pred have already perked her up in the last 24 hours.  It’s a treat to see! She has enriched our lives immeasurably, so I guess we can just be thankful to have shared the time with her.   Any extra is a plus!


5 thoughts on “Vacation begins on a low note”

  1. Thanks, Kris. It could be for a day or a week or a month, we don’t really know. Couldn’t afford to do the EKGs, ECGs, X-rays and ultrasounds so their best bet is based on the blood work and includes a pretty severe heart problem and possibly a tumor in her spleen. She has almost no platelets and her body is chewing up her red blood cells, so it’s all going to catch up with her sooner probably than later. But it’s nice to have her a little perkier for awhile at the very least!

  2. You love your sweet Bear. You are giving her a great gift to help her be comfortable. She knows you love her, and she loves you.

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