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Old July 18th, 2008, 01:49 AM
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my experience with my shepherd Tess

HI MY NAME IS TRACE i would like to share my experience i had last monday with my shepherd of 10 yrs I heard her crying and found her collapsed in the back yard.She coulnt get up and was twitching.She had to be stretchered to the local vets. where her fits continued to worsen despite valium and phenobarb being given to the point of having a grand mal seizure.The vet and ed up removing blood which was too thick to come thru a syringe they had to use a cathetar and drain it from her leg . i thought id lost her she was unresponsive and fitting constantly it broke my heart tess is my baby of 10 yrs, I had to ambulance(drive her in my van) with a gravity fed drip to a specialist clinic as no vets remained open o/nght o the coast i had to give her the chance to stay alive .
11 hrs she hadnt responded to me nor had she moved or walked,so i lent over and whispered in her ear tess if you need to go its ok i love u u can let go .You cant tell me they dont understand ,becuase the next minute she had mustered all her strenght to raise her head and upper half of her body and plonked herself in on my chest and then to my lap as i was kneeling but sitting on my legs , i cryed it was such an unbeleivable thing,Tess was telling me she wasnt going anywhere. the next couple of days she recovered very slowly .it was a good 48hrs b4 she could walk again. But apparently tests revealed she has bone marrow cancer which lead to an overproduction of red cell percentage which led to the seizures. tess is now on Hydrea 500mg which i think is chemotherapy. one day at a tme as long as she isnt suffering. The amazing thing is i wouldnt have had the $3000 it cost for all her care but had received an unexpected cheque which cleared the day her bill was due. As my mum said Pennies from heaven.
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Old July 18th, 2008, 06:50 AM
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Tessasmum,what a sad but wonderful story,Tessa showed she was not ready to give up.
Sorry about her cancer,but I know she could not be in better loving hands
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Old July 18th, 2008, 06:58 AM
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HI MY NAME IS TRACE i would like to share my experience i had last monday with my shepherd of 10 yrs I heard her crying and found her collapsed in the back yard.She coulnt get up and was twitching.She had to be stretchered to the local vets. where her fits continued to worsen despite valium and phenobarb being given to the point of having a grand mal seizure.The vet and ed up removing blood which was too thick to come thru a syringe they had to use a cathetar and drain it from her leg . i thought id lost her she was unresponsive and fitting constantly it broke my heart tess is my baby of 10 yrs, I had to ambulance(drive her in my van) with a gravity fed drip to a specialist clinic as no vets remained open o/nght o the coast i had to give her the chance to stay alive .
11 hrs she hadnt responded to me nor had she moved or walked,so i lent over and whispered in her ear tess if you need to go its ok i love u u can let go .You cant tell me they dont understand ,becuase the next minute she had mustered all her strenght to raise her head and upper half of her body and plonked herself in on my chest and then to my lap as i was kneeling but sitting on my legs , i cryed it was such an unbeleivable thing,Tess was telling me she wasnt going anywhere. the next couple of days she recovered very slowly .it was a good 48hrs b4 she could walk again. But apparently tests revealed she has bone marrow cancer which lead to an overproduction of red cell percentage which led to the seizures. tess is now on Hydrea 500mg which i think is chemotherapy. one day at a tme as long as she isnt suffering. The amazing thing is i wouldnt have had the $3000 it cost for all her care but had received an unexpected cheque which cleared the day her bill was due. As my mum said Pennies from heaven.
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Old July 18th, 2008, 07:06 AM
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Sorry still getting use to site

Thankyou for listening.I felt like i'd just got spat out of a whirlwind. The whole experience sometimes feels a bit surreal, until im quickly reminded by reality and where its at. Sometimes ive found that when you share scenarios with people ,sometimes someone can offer knowledge or experience that helps you get through, or even just a kind few words that can give a heavy heart a lift, Thanks:
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Old July 18th, 2008, 09:30 AM
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About your bad experiance. Shepherds are fighters, I know that from experience, and you can bet, she won't go until she wants to..lol..
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Old July 18th, 2008, 11:16 AM
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Tess was telling me she wasnt going anywhere. the next couple of days she recovered very slowly .
And I'm glad she did ! That will give you some time to enjoy her Welcome to pets.ca , and good luck you and Tess.
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Old July 18th, 2008, 10:04 PM
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She sounds like a loving, feisty girl! I hope the treatment gives you many more months together!

Welcome to the board, Trace and Tess!
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Old July 21st, 2008, 12:40 AM
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Im an Aussie looking everywhere for informationwhat site do i ask for vet advice

I want to ask a vet what knowledge they have of polycythemia from bone marrow cancer,which is what my tessa of 10 yrs of age has.Its very uncommon over here in australia,well at least on the cental coast and sydney areas.If there is a specific section or forum please let me know.
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Old July 21st, 2008, 11:11 AM
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You may want to post this in the "pet Health forum" And you can PM Dr.Lee and ask him. He is a very Knowlegable (sp?) man and is passionate about animals (hes a vet) , as well as cute (but thats not the point eh? lol) Good luck with you girl, i hope nothing happens to her!!
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