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I know this is the FM board but seems like nobody bothers with the Pets board anymore. I remember when this place used to be hoppin...it's now dead for 3 years now.
My poor dog is nearly 14 and back in July I was told he had early kidney failure. The vet told me to watch out for him around the five month mark...
And that mark is now.
I took him to the vet last Wednesday; he has a nice sized infection/abcess but we couldn't figure out if it was from one of his ole teeth or some other location there in the mouth or maybe the neck or jaw --- he got antiboiotics and it's now a week later and there still is a sizable lump there -- there is also one on the other side of his jaw/neck and I don't like that at all. Leads me to believe he's got another kind of problem.
he also has a dry cough that's not going anywhere-- he has had it since last Sunday -- and he pants a lot and coughs upon arising from a prone position -- plus he is not eating.
I suspect he's got some type of lung involvment. Nobody suggested a chest xray. They were thinking kennel cough but I don't think that's what he's got (I do not let him mix with the dogs that live by me)
He has lost 12 pounds since July.
None of this is looking good for him -- they want me to come back Monday and leave him there to flush out his kidneys for 4 days --- the problem will only return and I don't know how long that wuld keep him comfortable.
The vet is also suspecting a lymphoma.
I feel so bad for him.
The only thing he will eat is deli roast beef -- he is still taking the antibiotics and his pill is wrapped up in a little piece of it --- and maybe a piece of bread. He won't even eat the baked potato he managed to eat over the last day or so.
I don't know what else to say.
This has been a rough year overall and this is particularly bad news at Christmas.