alright this is me sitting down andw riting the entry I've dreaded. The damned "Health and wellbeing of my dogs"
I don't want to write it because I don't want to think about the fact that both my dogs are arguably living on borrowed time rowan especially but the truth of the matter is that if I am trying to keep this as a sort of memory book then it deserves note.
I'm pretty certain in the past i've mention I own two Irish red and white setters named Molly and Mowan respectively. they are siblings and 11 years old this year which is quite old for their breed type.
Anyways about a year or so ago we noticed Molly's belly was rather swollen and knowing that she was not pregnant (Rowan's fixed and she attacks other dogs long story short she's trying to protect her brother Rowan) and took her to the vet to get checked out. They did some x-rays and the result was she had a mass growing that was pushing down on her colon. The vet informed us of this and warned us that this could shorten her life considerably. Thankfully it's taken the latter route and mostly swelling slowly enough that other than her stomach looking distended and having a shorter edurance when she goes for walks there's no major change. We discussed surgery but based on her advanced age then and now as well as the fact that if it was cancerous euthanasia is considered the only option since the family has agreed we are not willing to put her through chemo as it would only likely give her 6 months more. My mother's feeling greatly echo my own on surgery in animals. Which is to prevent it and try other options typically, simply because with an animal you cannot tell them what's going on etc.
about a week or so ago my folks noticed that rowan was urinating for longer periods and more frequently as well as drinking much more and having bad spells of poor health, he wouldn't want to get up or eat or move until we dosed him with some anti-inflammatory and eve then it took a bit of time for him to perk up. We took him into the vet and they took blood and after those results took x-rays and the results were in.
The sum total of damage is as follows:
- Kidneys are failing it's chronic renal failure due to advanced age and no doubt not helped by the anti-inflammatory that doesn't attack the kidneys but isn't good for them either way.
- Severe arthritis
- A mass growing/grown on the spleen
The end result again being quality of life is the focus rather then general health. We've got a new anti-inflammatory for him that won't damage his kidneys and he's got acid reducers so he can actually eat and keep it down. We've started feeding him wet food to help him as well. Moreso than Molly he has good and bad days.
I find i'm taking Rowan's poor health much harder than molly's but I know why as well. When they were born each family member named a puppy and somewhat adopted them, moreso with Robyn and myself. As a result we kept Molly and rowan and it was an unspoken acknowledgement that rowan was my dog and Molly was Robyn's. In all honestly it's not something focused on and it's long since faded into everyone else's memories including mine until this surfaced and then it was shoved back into my head with no little about of surprise.
At any rate he's dozing next to me right now and is doing better today.
This post is open unlike most of them simply so that anyone who asks for updates on rowan can see them. If things change i'll do the same as this and leave it open.
Edit: comments are off right now, not because I dislike anyone just because at this second I don't want a lot of outpourings of "Oh, i'm so sorry/i know how you feel/etc etc" I appreciate it and all it's jsut not soemthing I can deal with atm.