Sasha's not well
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SashasMum
10:22:04 Mon
Jun 13 2011
Sasha's not well
Sasha had been off colour last week and drinking loads, but I didn't know if it was anxiety or the heat. Her dog walker said she wasn't interested in walking on the Wednesday and there was no improvement by Friday, so we took her to the vet.

She had a high temp and blood in her urine, so vet diagnosed UTI and gave her intravenous antibiotics and some for home.

Over the weekend she got worse, very lethargic and drinking massive amounts of water and then refusing food. Last night she refused her bed time treat and then was sick in the night.

Took her to the vet this morning and he ran some blood tests. Her kidney function is fine, but she has increased white blood cells and very high calcium levels, which he doesn't know why. She has to go back in tomorrow for more bloods and if the levels are the same, she's got to have a chest & abdomen Xray to see if it's a tumour.

If it's not a tumour, it's lots of complicated tests to find out what's causing it, but considering how unwell she is and that she's not eating at all now, I don't know how much time they will have to find out and cure her?

She's on two lots of antibiotics to fight whatever infection she has, as her urine is now clear and her temp is down.

She's not eating at all now - just had to force chocolate spread & peanut butter down her mouth for her tablets!

I'm worried sick.

BoxerMad
16:16:45 Mon
Jun 13 2011
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I really hope it is nothing too serious Karen. The antibiotics are obviously doing some good if they have bought her temperature back down and her urine is now clear.

I know the hardest part about it all is the not knowing what is wrong but it sounds as if your vet is not wasting any time with the investigation.

Keeping my fingers crossed that her calcium levels change by tomorrow and that it is all down to an infection that can be cleared up easily.

Thinking of you - I know just how you must be feeling right now and to have to deal with it all without Rob around too - you must be so so worried.:bighug:

Polo123
18:23:52 Mon
Jun 13 2011
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hope she's ok Karen, sending big hugs all round :love:

Squeezeboxplayer
00:31:44 Tue
Jun 14 2011
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Karen, I hope the news form the vet is favourable. It is good the antibiotics are working but I am sorry to hear Sasha is not herself. Keeping everything crossed for you all.

Katiesnowflake
01:29:26 Tue
Jun 14 2011
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So sorry to hear Sasha isnt well. Massive hugs from us

xx

sandyc
02:36:15 Tue
Jun 14 2011
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Keeping Sasha in my thoughts and prayers.Hugs to you too.

SashasMum
12:01:03 Tue
Jun 14 2011
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Sasha's levels hadn't changed much, so she is in having xrays and an ultrasound today.

I asked the vet if he had seen this before, because yesterday I got the feeling he hadn't. But he said yes and when I pushed him some more, he said it's generally not good.

She has lost more weight and is now down to 28.6 from her usual 32kg

SashasMum
21:49:33 Tue
Jun 14 2011
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Still at a stalemate with Sasha, the only thing we know for sure is that she doesn't have a large tumour, but vet said he cant rule out smaller one.

They have sent off for something called ionised calcium test, to see if they got a false reading, so basically we can't do anything til that comes back. She is still taking antibiotics and we are back on Monday.

If things are still the same, she'll have to go to Edinburgh or Glasgow to have further tests, which is going to be a nightmare because hubby is still in Afghanistan and I am not capable of driving!

She has lost more weight and is down to 28.6kg and hasn't eaten since 5pm yesterday - not even sardines in scrambled egg or chocolate spread.

I still don't know what I am dealing with and I am losing my mind over it with worry.

Xrays also showed up that Sasha had spondolosis halfway down her back, as well as arthritis in her hips and lower spine. You wouldn't have known that two weeks ago, but vet reckons it's being exacerbated because she is feeling so unwell. I can't get her to take a rimadyl though and I don't really want to give it on an empty stomach. I did manage to get her antibiotics into her, so fingers crossed she feels better tomorrow.

I'm normally a focus on the positive kinda girl, but am struggling with this one.

Katiesnowflake
23:15:03 Tue
Jun 14 2011
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Try her with a wee bit of Butchers canned tripe mix Karen, that is tge food that kick started Katie eating again. We have actually got weight back on Katie

So know that awful worry feeling

Hugs from us. xx



SashasMum
23:21:07 Tue
Jun 14 2011
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She refused sardines tonight, which are her favourite treat. Nothing is tempting her at the moment. :crying:

redshift22
12:08:37 Wed
Jun 15 2011
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Good luck with Sasha.

sandyc
14:56:49 Wed
Jun 15 2011
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Keeping you and Sasha in my thoughts and prayers.

SashasMum
19:10:08 Wed
Jun 15 2011
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Sasha has been eating today and enjoyed a bimble around the block. I was feeling very confident, but then the vet phoned tonight.

Vet phoned at 5.30 today with Sasha's tests results. Her calcium levels are still high & they need to come down before her kidneys are damaged. She has to spend tomorrow on a drip at the vets :sad: Also, they are running a load more tests to find out what is causing the calcium levels -Cambridge labs are convinced it's a tumour of some sorts.

Stress levels are back to max!

BoxerMad
19:50:49 Wed
Jun 15 2011
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Oh Karen - I was really hoping that it was just an infection - especially when i read earlier that she had started eating again and was a bit more her normal self - i thought the antibiotics were finally kicking in and she was starting to get better.

What will she be on the drip for tomorrow? Is is something to target the calcium level directly?

I really do feel for you - i know exactly what you are going through and as i have said previously, the not knowing is the hardest part.

I so wished i lived closer and could help you out in whatever way possible - it must be so hard for you with Rob away. It is a lot to deal with on your own.

I was only saying to Brendan a couple of nights ago, that i am so glad we got back together - i have no idea how i would have got through the last few months on my own - I would be a complete wreck by now.

Just remember that we are all always here if you need someone to talk to - and we are all keeping our fingers crossed for Sasha and for you.:bighug:

Katiesnowflake
22:37:39 Wed
Jun 15 2011
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Oh poor baby just when she seemed to be doing better.

Hugs from us - i will be thinking of you both tomorrow

We have had an off day here with Katie refusing to eat :sad:

xx

SashasMum
09:40:57 Thu
Jun 16 2011
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Sasha is tucked up at the vet today, but will get plenty of attention as she'll be taken out for so many pees with that much saline being pushed through her.

Caroline, they are reducing her calcium levels, before it becomes dangerous to her kidneys.

She'll be going on steroids tomorrow, which is to halt the progress of any tumours that could be lurking.

Basically, if it is a tumour, she is going to have to have chemo to sort it as it is too small to find and they don't know where it is.

She is now down to 28.1kgs

My poor baby girl! :crying::crying:

sandyc
16:41:03 Thu
Jun 16 2011
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Keeping the thoughts and prayers going for Sasha.

SashasMum
17:34:12 Thu
Jun 16 2011
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Today's treatment didn't work and she still has very high calcium levels.

She has been given dieuretics to keep the fluids going through and on Saturday she'll start on steroids - 12 a day!!!

The steroids help prevent the calcium having any effect on the body, organs etc as well as hopefully slowing the progress of any tumour.

Day off tomorrow and then back in to the vet on Saturday morning :wine::wine::wine:

Polo123
18:23:04 Thu
Jun 16 2011
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fingers crossed the steroids help :luck:

SashasMum
16:47:40 Fri
Jun 17 2011
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Poor Sasha just had a wee in her pull-ups! I put her in the utility room to eat her tea in in peace and she had an accident while she was in there.

Feel so guilty for stressing her like that! :crying:

BoxerMad
16:52:41 Fri
Jun 17 2011
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Awww poor Sasha :blushing:

We have given up on our flooring and have just resorted to continuous mopping - our hallway floor was slightly damaged anyway - then when we got Pepsi, we decided that once she was fully house trained we would replace all the flooring - It is in a right state now with all Pepsi & Busta's accidents!!! Luckily we had laminate flooring - can imagine it would not be so easy with carpets :dunno:

jilldemo
19:54:04 Fri
Jun 17 2011
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Wishing Sasha all the best for recovery.

SashasMum
11:04:19 Sat
Jun 18 2011
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Sasha has lost more weight and is now down to 27.1kg. Her calcium levels are still high, they have gone back up to the small amount that it was reduced to after the drip. Vet did think about putting her on the drip today, but is doing to give the steroids a chance to take effect over the weekend.

Katiesnowflake
23:30:44 Sat
Jun 18 2011
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Awh Karen - feel so much for you both. Sending absent healing across to Sasha. xx

BoxerMad
18:29:28 Sun
Jun 19 2011
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How is Sasha today? Have you seen any improvement yet?

What steroid is she on? Busta is on Prednisolone - 6 x 5mg tablets twice a day. Makes him drink and pee more than usual, however it has got a bit better than when he first started on them, he was on 10 x 5mg twice a day to start with.

We are using Tripe to help put some weight back on Busta and it is really working - our vet was amazed that he had put so much back on so quickly.

Most pet shops and also pets at home sell it frozen - its only about 80p per pack and we defrost it and mix in about a quarter of a pack with every meal - we also used it with Henry when we were trying to get weight back on him and it really did help.

Might be worth a try with Sasha (Both Henry & Busta absolutely love it) - although i was warned not to try cooking it as it stinks out the whole house and is impossible to get rid of the smell!!

I really hope you get to the bottom of her problem soon - i really found that the most frustrating thing with both Henry & Busta - the not knowing - at least once you do know it is easier to treat and to deal with overall.

Fingers crossed for a proper diagnosis soon:luck:

SashasMum
18:17:03 Mon
Jun 20 2011
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Now that Sasha is on the steroids, she is eating better. She's having pasta and tinned dog food (chappie & butchers tripe) and managed to maintain her weight today.

She's on 9 x 5mg Prednislone twice a day and 2 x diuretics three times a day.

She is lethargic but tries to be happy Caroline. She is my little shadow at the moment, even more than before, bless her. Each day I swing between the fact that I am going to lose her and hope that the vets will find out what it is before it's too late.

Here are some photos of her, she looks better in photos lol!












sandyc
21:09:57 Mon
Jun 20 2011
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Sasha is so adorable.Hope she is on the mend now.

BoxerMad
08:34:27 Tue
Jun 21 2011
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Awww poor Sasha - she has the same expression as Busta - I know what you mean about trying to be happy!

THe steroids do also come in 25mg tablets, but for some reason work out quite a bit more expensive. I actually asked our vet if we could just use the 5mg ones instead as it works out about a third of the price per dose. I got a prescription from my vet and bought Bustas online - they only work out 4p per tablet, whereas my vets were charging 16p each for the 5mg ones and almost 1.50 for the 25mg ones!!

Thats good that she is eating better now, the steroids apparently do increase the appetite - Busta is still on three meals a day and he has biscuits down all the time, he is almost back to his normal weight now, just needs to build up the muscle again - it is difficult though as we have to be careful with his exercise so that we don't cause another flare up of the polyarthiritis!

Do you know when you will find out if it is a tumour from the tests they have done?

Has your vet tested for Lyme disease - this one was of the things that was considered with Busta when they were unable to find the problem. It can also cause high calcium levels and some of her symptoms - lethargic, pain in the back legs are the same. Apparently Lyme disease is becoming a lot more common in the UK. Might be worth a mention of it has not already been tested for?

All this must be so stressful for you- I hope you get some answers soon :bighug:

SashasMum
10:20:44 Tue
Jun 21 2011
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thanks Caroline, have just phoned my vet and left a message to ask if that has been tested for!

:love::love:

SashasMum
16:21:59 Thu
Jun 23 2011
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Sasha doesn't have hyperparathyroidisn, so now we are back to square one. On the good front her calcium levels are down, but her kidney function tests are up. She is back in tomorrow on a drip to flush her kidneys through. Being weaned off steroids to see if calcium levels stay down, if not through to Glasgow to find either malignant tumour or granuloma.

Polo123
20:48:35 Thu
Jun 23 2011
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:luck:

BoxerMad
21:17:06 Thu
Jun 23 2011
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Thats great news about the calcium levels - Hope they stay down once she is off the steroids.

If its not one thing it's another - hope the kidney issue sorts itself out.

Hopefully each day is taking you closer to some proper answers.

:bighug:

sandyc
08:09:08 Fri
Jun 24 2011
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I so hope they can get this all figured out.Keeping your baby,in my thoughts and prayers.

SashasMum
13:04:24 Fri
Jun 24 2011
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I weighed Sasha before I left her at the vet today for her drip and she has gained some weight :banana::banana::banana:

Ok, it's only up to 27.4 from 28.6kg and she'd had a big breakfast and was on steroids, but that hasn't made a difference at previous visits, where she has either lost or only maintained, so as far as I am concerned it is genuine weight gain :cheering::cheering::cheering::cheering:

:luck::luck::luck::luck:

SashasMum
16:03:47 Tue
Jun 28 2011
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Sasha hasn't gained weight, in fact she lost that little bit she gained the other day, but the vet said not to stress about it.

Liver function tests are still a high, but that's the steroids and should come down as we reduce them.

On the good news front: kidney function tests are back down to normal and calcium levels remain NORMAL! Temp down, urine clear, so we are on still on course for a recovery (although vet is still a bit cautious).

So all in all, a positive visit!! :cheering::cheering::cheering:

BoxerMad
08:35:35 Wed
Jun 29 2011
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Thats excellent news Karen - especially about the calcium as that seemed one of the biggest problems previously.

I wouldn't worry about the weight too much either - I know it seems bad as they lose it so quickly, but Busta is gradually putting his back on again. I think it goes back on much slower than it comes off when they are ill.

Fingers crossed she continues to improve:luck:

SashasMum
14:53:55 Tue
Jul 5 2011
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Well that's Sasha back from the vet and it continues to be good news! She has gained weight and is now 28kgs!! Her calcium levels have remained at normal and, whilst her white blood cell count is still high, it has come down a bit. Liver function still high, but that's probably the steroids, which she is down to 2 a day of now. Back in another week, but vet says it's now unlikely she'll need to go to Glasgow! My clever girl!!

:cheering::cheering::love::love:

Polo123
21:37:18 Tue
Jul 5 2011
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Yay, go Sasha :cheering: :love:

sandyc
00:44:48 Thu
Jul 7 2011
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So glad to hear your baby is getting better and better!

Katiesnowflake
12:32:33 Fri
Jul 8 2011
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LOve her photos - gorgeous stunning girl

Lots & lots of Whitestuff vibes being sent xx

jilldemo
19:18:34 Fri
Jul 8 2011
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Still wishing all the best!
Love that pic with Christopher/Sasha and the sports bottle.
Daz loved them.

BoxerMad
17:06:43 Sat
Jul 9 2011
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:cheering: :cheering: :cheering: Keep up the good work Sasha :cheering: :cheering: :cheering:

SashasMum
15:58:51 Tue
Jul 12 2011
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Sasha update from the vet today: she has gained another 0.5kgs and all her blood work is still where it should be with the white blood cell count dropping again slightly. She is on some meds to help her liver function to recover quicker, but other than that the vet continues to be stumped, and amazed! Back next week for more results and then THREE weeks after that! Woo hoo! xx

Here she is chilling out with a deerhound at the vets today.




Polo123
18:40:33 Wed
Jul 13 2011
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Fantastic news Karen, a fab week for you all round :love:

SashasMum
17:59:13 Wed
Jul 27 2011
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Am beginning to feel like an over anxious Mum, but I had Sasha back to the vet the other day because she hasn't been eating properly.

She's lost 1kg and she's just not herself.

Vet took some bloods, just to make sure and everything is completely NORMAL! He thinks she has just been knocked for six and is taking time to recover.

She was sick three times in the night last night and hasn't eaten today and Rob hasn't even seen her out with a stick since he has been back. I just don't feel that she is back to how she was before this all happened, but the vets are confident she is just taking her time.

Katiesnowflake
22:03:43 Wed
Jul 27 2011
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Just go with the flow, that is how we cope with Katie

Big hugs from us.

SashasMum
11:43:52 Fri
Aug 12 2011
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Thought I would just put on a quick update about Sasha.

She has still not regained all her lost weight because she continued to be sick, daily for ages. Every time we took her out, she was sick then or immediately after she got home - even if it was a lead walk around the streets.

She was getting really funny with her food, scavenging, but not eating if that makes sense?

We got her some more Butchers tripe tins and that seemed to encourage her to eat again, strangely enough she was still having all the same food, but with a small amount of Butcher's tripe it. This seemed to settle her tummy almost immediately and she wasn't sick for 3 days after that.

She soon started again though, but has again settled down. Yesterday she had her first off lead run in the woods and wasn't sick after or during the night - this means she hasn't been sick now in nearly 3 days!

Her anxiety levels are up and I don't know if that is contributing towards sickness? She's really stressy, so we have put DAP on her bandana and bed a few times, which seems to help a bit.

Today she seems more settled and is playing (noisly) with Natalie, so we are hoping she has finally turned that final corner to getting back to normal!!!

xx

redshift22
20:55:46 Fri
Aug 12 2011
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Must agree with the tripe thing, my sister has had great success with Great Danes using this method. Does wonders for skittish or tender tummies, and puts a bit of beef on their bones. It was like total ambrosia healthwise.
Specifically, boiling raw tripe, diced. The boiled dices could be frozen till needed, the juice/water can be heated and used to soak their dry food. The diced tripe can be introduced to regular feeding and/or given as treats. And they love it!
Pity it will stink out the whole village, but that always came as a secondary consideration to wellfare of my sister's dogs.

SashasMum
10:30:52 Sat
Aug 13 2011
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Eww no, we just have the tinned Butcher's Tripe loaf. The vet actually said we should stop it when she seemed to recover the first time, as the tins are so high in fat and have no dietry goodness as such.

They cannot understand why it has made a difference, especially as she is having so little of it - t hey really are quite confused by her. Their answer has been "she's a boxer, they write their own rule books" lol

As long as she's happy, we'll keep it going, although she is sat beside me and her tummy is making lots of noises this morning :luck:

SashasMum
15:09:41 Wed
Aug 17 2011
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Well Sasha hasn't been sick in over a week now :cheering::cheering:

We took them for several walks over the weekend and Sasha thoroughly enjoyed herself and even managed a bit of mischief along the way - taking her and Tizzy off down a cliff path so she could go for a paddle. She was really throwing herself into the walk and had an absolute ball, ears were up, tail was wagging the whole way and she was just bright and breezy!

I have to say, I think we can finally feel that she has put it all behind her! :cheering::cheering:

Polo123
21:26:31 Wed
Aug 17 2011
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fingers crossed she keeps well :love:

Katiesnowflake
23:43:10 Thu
Aug 18 2011
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Excellent news, well done Sasha :smile:

sandyc
06:47:47 Sun
Aug 21 2011
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Great news!Wonderful to hear!!!

jilldemo
22:21:07 Wed
Aug 24 2011
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Great news.

SashasMum
14:23:43 Wed
Aug 31 2011
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Sasha was sick two days after that post, but hasn't been sick since :luck::luck:

She is now off Butcher's tripe and back on boring old James Wellbeloved!

Happy days :banana:

Polo123
21:54:19 Wed
Aug 31 2011
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Great news :waa:

just as an added note Polo has James Wellbeloved, always bought it from local pet shop for approx 46, ordered it online recently from zooplus for 39.99 :banana:

also just resourced our cat food, one of our cats is on a special (royal canin) urinary dried food, always bought it from the vets as it wasn't available (when I last checked years ago :crying: ) online. We pay over 33 for a 3.5kg bag - have ordered a 6kg bag of exactly the same stuff for 34.46 from pet-supermarket.co.uk - only wish I'd checked it out online earlier :blushing:

sandyc
04:20:02 Thu
Sep 1 2011
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Wow!That's quite abit of difference in price!Glad you can get good food at abit better price.I too,keep trying to find better prices,anytime I can.Guess I better check around again!

SashasMum
16:22:21 Thu
Sep 1 2011
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We get it from Pet Planet as Zooplus charge a bit extra for delivery for us 4.90, whilst Pet Planet charge 2.50

:banana::banana:

SashasMum
14:56:21 Sat
Sep 10 2011
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Back from vets and it's not good news. Sasha's calcium levels and white blood cell count are really high again and her weight is down to 24.5kgs (2kgs loss since Thurs). She is back on 18 steroids a day and antibiotics. We are basically going to try and keep the levels under control and keep her comfy. We have decided not to take her to Glasgow, as it is so rare for a dog with hypercalcema to be cured and it's too much to put her through.

The hope is that we can find a level with the steroids etc, that will keep the calcium levels under control and keep her well. We don't know how long we will be able to do that for, but as long as she is not being sick and seems happy, we will continue.


jilldemo
21:17:09 Sat
Sep 10 2011
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Good luck with the new plan.

Polo123
15:17:03 Sun
Sep 11 2011
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sending hugs :love:

Katiesnowflake
02:40:32 Mon
Sep 12 2011
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Sorry to hear that Karen & she was doing so well.

Hugs to Sasha xx

sandyc
06:21:33 Mon
Sep 12 2011
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Keeping the good thoughts and prayers going for Sasha!

SashasMum
12:34:27 Mon
Sep 12 2011
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Sasha's calcium levels have gone up, but that could be because the steroids haven't kicked in yet. Her bloods also show that her red blood cell count is low, which cld be a rogue result or because she is bleeding somewhere or is anemic (although her colour is good). They will check that again on Wed. She saw one of her regular vets & he was quite shocked at her deterioration, she is now down to 23kgs. He is keen to make sure we balance her quality of life and will be guiding us carefully.

Vets pretty much certain it's lymphoma, probably gastrointestinal. She would need surgery and then chemo and that would probably only give her 6 months. All of this would involve a 4 hour car journey, just to get the tests done and i am not willing to put her through that, plus the vet doesn't feel it's fair on her either.

It is now just a waiting game. We may get six months, we may have less. I will just give her all the fuss and love she needs for as long as she is with me :love:

Polo123
19:25:19 Mon
Sep 12 2011
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So sorry the news isn't better Karen, hopefully the meds will get her stabalised :luck:, I'm sure you will all make the most of the time you have together :love:

smudgeys_mum
12:55:08 Tue
Sep 13 2011
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hugs to all of you and Sasha I know how difficult it is for you we had a 3 week wait for an MRI for Smudgey, wished we hadnt bothered, putting her through the stress of an anaesthetic on the thursday and not being able too take her home again:crying: You keep your chin up and enjoy whatever time you have left with her. xx

smudgeys_mum
15:24:27 Tue
Sep 13 2011
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forgot to add that Smudgeywent off of the chocolate spread and we used laughing cow loww fat cheese triangles, much more gentle on their wee upset stomachs

SashasMum
19:16:48 Tue
Sep 13 2011
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Was tough at the vets today, but I am glad we got everything sorted. Tizzy is Sasha's shadow and doesn't really do anything without Sasha's lead - she eats when she eats, drinks when she drinks, pees . poos ...... you get the picture! If Tizzy is out of the house, Sasha enjoys the break, but Tizzy just frets until she comes home. We spoke to Jill (vet) and Natalie (vet nurse) about it today and we are going on their recommendation, which is to take Tizzy with us, but she'll wait in the car and then she can come in afterwards and sniff her, so she will hopefully understand why she's not at home. Have also chosen Sasha's urn. Hopefully we wont have to think about it again for a while, but I wanted to be prepared in case it all happened in a rush and it didn't happen the way I wanted it to. Her vets have been amazing, the whole practice is following Sasha's story and rooting for her, she couldn't get better care and love than she is!! xxx

SashasMum
21:23:50 Tue
Sep 13 2011
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Quote: smudgeys_mum at 15:24:27 Tue Sep 13 2011

forgot to add that Smudgeywent off of the chocolate spread and we used laughing cow loww fat cheese triangles, much more gentle on their wee upset stomachs


She has had an anti sickness injection today and now has meds for it. She is getting probiotic yoghurt in every meal, hopefully that helps too. She hasn't been sick all day today, which is brilliant!

I slept with her last night, I was on the sofa, she was on the floor beside me. SO many times I thought she had taken her last breath!! Thankfully she is brighter today, so we will see what tomorrow brings with her blood tests.

:love:

Polo123
19:56:16 Fri
Sep 16 2011
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Quote: SashasMum

SO many times I thought she had taken her last breath!!


Oh Karen, cannot begin to think what you are going through :crying: sending you all lots of hugs and positive thoughts :love:

sandyc
05:27:04 Tue
Sep 20 2011
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So sorry.Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

SashasMum
17:52:40 Wed
Sep 21 2011
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Ok, so over a week later, here is where we are at just now:

Sasha has gone back up to 25.6kgs, which is still less than she was on 8th September.

Her heart is as strong as it could be, but her breathing is getting harder for her. She has a low red blood cell count, which means her body isn't getting enough oxygen around it it. What this means is that she tends to get a little panty if she gets hungry, needs a wee, gets excited, wants attention etc etc. She also ends up shivering all over, again that's because her body can't cope with any extra work.

Her body is breaking down red blood cells somewhere but, at the moment, it is still continuing to make them, which is good news.

Now that we have got the calcium levels back under control (yay!) she has had her steroids reduced to 10 a day (from 18) to try and stop the damage to her other organs, as well as trying to settle her stomach which is in a mess!

We are taking her off the anti sickness tablets, again because long term use is not advised and it should be the calcium levels that made her sick. We shall see tomorrow.

She is on antibiotics still and now has paste for her tummy, as well as bran to go over her food to try and get her just a little bit solid. At the moment she is completely liquid, bless her.

Vet has said that we shouldn't just try and keep her calm and let her do what she wants, so she went on a walk today.

Ring o Roses, Sasha and Tizzy style

Stick fun and games Please excuse my email notification that comes through during the video!

it is still one day at a time. Vet says that she is doing really well, but her body is under a lot of stress just now and it may be that she will go downhill very quickly when the time comes. We are just making the most of the time we have with her really.

It is her birthday on Friday, she will be 8 years old
:cheering:

BoxerMad
19:02:27 Wed
Sep 21 2011
Re: Sasha's not well
Been keeping up with your updates on facebook - Poor Sasha. You must be going through so much worry right now. :bighug:

I really hope her condition stabilises and that you get a bit more quality time to spend with her. :luck:



SashasMum
16:16:38 Sun
Sep 25 2011
Re: Sasha's not well
Looking back on how Sasha was 2 weeks ago and I am so chuffed she is doing so well! She is back on to her JWB with tinned meat, her stomach is sorted and she hasn't been sick since she came off the tablets!! If it wasn't for her weight and breathing, you wouldn't know anything was wrong with her! The vets thought she had days, but my girl is proving them wrong and being a real fighter!! ♥ ♥ ♥

Here's a couple of wee videos of her from Saturday. We went to the beach for some fun but, as you can see, it really upset her breathing. Not to worry, she is breathing a bit better today, so that's what's important!

Fun on the beach

Sasha's breathing

:love::love:

sandyc
21:24:29 Wed
Sep 28 2011
Re: Sasha's not well
Looks like they had alot of fun on the beach!Great video!Sasha looks wonderful.So nice she's doing well.

SashasMum
22:31:25 Fri
Sep 30 2011
Re: Sasha's not well
Sasha had a huge set back on Wednesday and was sick all night, which really took it out of her. Thankfully the injection worked and she finally stopped at 7am and then slept all day Thursday.

Unfortunately she now has a lot of fluid retention (gained 2kgs in 3 days!!) She is on diuretics now to help ease it as it is making her breathing very short and difficult.

The vet thinks she is amazing and said that she has to be a boxer to be fighting this, as some breeds would just lie down and give up. Sasha still has her sparkle and like the vet says, we treasure every extra day as a bonus :love::love:

Polo123
19:07:20 Mon
Oct 3 2011
Re: Sasha's not well
She's definitely a fighter, go Sasha :cheering:

Katiesnowflake
01:10:29 Wed
Nov 23 2011
Re: Sasha's not well
How is Sasha Karen?


SashasMum
12:50:51 Sat
Nov 26 2011
Re: Sasha's not well
Aww thanks for asking Helen xx

Well despite the vets thinking she wouldn't see October, it looks like she is going to make it into December and maybe even more!

She is on 6 steroids a day, 5 diuretics and antibiotics and also has an anti sickness every other day to keep her stomach settled.

She has some horrible thickening of the skin on the back of her neck which looks horrible and sore, but it doesn't seem to bother her.



Her breathing is very rattly and she always sounds like she has something stuck in her throat, but it doesn't seem to bother her. I massage her throat every now and then, but it doesn't always help.

Sasha is still happy in herself and, despite feeling old and tired, she does still enjoy her walks and LOVES her food! Although that could be the steroids talking :wink:

The vets say that she is now developing Cushings Disease because of the overuse of steroids, but there is nothing we can do about that really. Some days she looks tired and fed up and I wonder if it's time, but then other days she is happy and trying to climb up on the sofa.

As you will see from this video, her breathing gets really hard for her, especially if she gets too warm or even when she is hungry or needs a wee. Basically, anything that puts extra stress on her body, makes her pant and breath heavy, but again, it doesn't seem to bother her. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQnDDmAaSkw

Here are a couple of photos from her last walk, as you can see, she still has a smile on her face! :love::love::love:





SashasMum
16:34:17 Tue
Dec 20 2011
Re: Sasha's not well
Sasha's time is upon us. We are hoping to get her through Christmas and maybe get into 2012.

We don't quite know what to think or how to feel, or even when we are going to do it, we just know we are going to have to face it soon.

She has done wonderfully in the last 7 months and we have known this time is coming.

Vet has said that he thinks Sasha is ready now and not to leave it too long :crying:

sandyc
07:20:50 Wed
Dec 21 2011
Re: Sasha's not well
So sorry.Thinking of you and prayers for you and Sasha.

Polo123
13:46:22 Wed
Dec 21 2011
Re: Sasha's not well
So sorry to hear this Karen, never an easy decision to make, but even worse at this time of year. Thinking of you all, really don't know what else to say! xx

Jakes_mum
23:31:40 Thu
Dec 22 2011
Re: Sasha's not well
This is really sad news and my heart goes out to you and your family.

Liz

jilldemo
19:13:59 Fri
Dec 23 2011
Re: Sasha's not well
So sorry to hear this, couldn't begin to imagine your plight right now. Our thoughts are for you and yours.
Never met Sasha, but, like all the Boxer babes on here, they feel like family, we all know their habits, their tricks, watched them grow.
Strength be with you.



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