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BoxerMad
17:28:57 Fri
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Had another call from the specialist today - they are still receiving some results back from all of Henry's tests he had done earlier in the week.

They think that he could possibly have Addisons disease which could be the primary cause of the weight loss, on doing an internet search on the subject, he does appear to have several symptoms which could be linked to this, which we thought were down to his weight loss. Sometimes he lies on the sofa shivering, and sometimes he pauses as he walks up the stairs - or walks up very slowly. He is also more sleepy than usual - these are all symptoms of the disease.

When he was in seeing the specialist she asked me if he had any back problems in the past as when you just gently touched his back he starts to lower into a sitting position, she said this was quite unusual for a dog, as most would require a bit more pressure or a sit command.

Several years ago he had a problem which was put down to a trapped nerve, but was never properly diagnosed as he was on anti inflammatories and the problem went away. I think this is what got her thinking along the lines of Addisons.

He will be having some blood tests for this on Tuesday morning. If the test comes back positive, they will delay his surgery and start him on treatment for this to get his strength up a bit more before going ahead with the surgery ........i would love to get a bit of meat back on to his body as he has become terribly skinny. Also when our own vet gave him multi-vitamin injections in the first couple of weeks since we realised there was a problem he did really perk up for a couple of days - Addisons disease can cause the body to lack certain vitamins.

If it turns out that the weight loss was down to Addisons then we were very lucky as the cancer would have continued unnoticed if it wasnt for the weight loss as there were no other signs to cause any concern.

If the test is positive - it is not bad news, it is easily controlled with medication once diagnosed and would also mean that the cancer wasn't actually affecting his body in such a big way just yet. :luck:

I am turning into a hypochondriac on Henry's behalf!!!!

If the test comes back negative and the weight loss is just down to the cancer, he could be having his surgery done as soon as Wednesday or Thursday next week.

Still can't take it all in, everything seems to be moving so fast and i don't seem to know where we are from one day to the next. We have spent so much time at the vets over the past few weeks, we may as well have moved in!!!

We just want Henry all better, when he looks at me with those sad eyes i tell him not to worry, we are going to get him all fixed soon.

This weekend is another Henry weekend - the blankets and cushions are all ready, got a couple of things to do this evening and then me and Henry will be making the most of our giant sofa for the next two days - I am sure Busta & Pepsi will join us occasionally, inbetween their constant play fighting :love:



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I'm very impressed with how thorough your vets are being :flowers:



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They are being very thorough Linda - We have always been very impressed with our own vet who we have been with since we first got Tia & Kirei, but we have now been referred to The Queen Mother Hospital for Animals which is part of the Royal Veterinary College - We were a little shocked at their prices at first (especially as they are a non-profit organisation) but they are extremely thorough and it is so obvious they are doing a lot of research about his condition behind the scenes.

The hospital is amazing and so well equipped with everything you could think of and the staff are brilliant, so caring and knowledgable - It is such a big place (they have over 7,000 refererals a year and 150 on site kennels) and yet whenever i telephone them and mention my name, they immediately say is that regarding Henry, without any time to look it up on their system - i don't know how they do it!!

Maybe my boy has just made such an impression on them as he seems to do everywhere he goes:wink:

Brendan said last week, we should start up a fan club for him..........he was being serious!!! :love:



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Awh poor wee man. Our Rescue co-ordinator's Boxer had Addisons. Shes unavailable as she herself is not well otherwise i coukd ask her some things for you. 

At least its better to know whats going on than not know if that makes sense.

Im glad to hear that the vets are so good.

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Poor Henry and you all going through the mill a bit. I know some vets charge a fortune but I have found it is usually worth it. We have always stuck with the same vet since our first Boxer they have always been honest and thorough and seem to have the animals welfare at heart. Gixer's specialist lectures at the Royal Veterinary College and if the others who see Henry are anything like him he is in good hands. Keeping everything crossed and I hope Henry perks up soon



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So wonderful you can get such caring vets.Keeping the thoughts and prayers going for Henry.

  
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Thanks everyone:flowers:

Well we have to have him at the Royal Veterinary College for 07.45am tomorrow morning for his test for Addisons, can't believe i am actually hoping that he does have the condition - it would just mean that we have something to treat and can therefore hopefully get some weight back on him.

From what i have been reading Addisons is an easily controlled illness with the right medication and it would mean that the cancer is not affecting his body as badly as we thought. The weight loss would almost definately be put down to the Addisons and also his occasional unsteadiness and shivering.

If the test comes back negative then we will also be discussing what to do about the surgery tomorrow, they want to go ahead as soon as Wednesday or Thursday if it turns out he does not have Addisons - it all just seems to be happening so fast and i am still not sure what is going to be the right thing to do for Henry - i have never had to make such tough decisions in all my life.

We just love him so much and i would hate to lower his quality of life if he does not get through the operation easily, he already has a low white blood cell count, so his immunbe system is already not at it's best.
The main thing both Brendan and i said is no matter what he must not suffer, but how do we make the right choice for him? It is just so hard.......Aarrghhhhh!!!!




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Really feel for you both, cannot be an easy time for you at all, keeping you in my thoughts and prayers :bighug:



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Thanks Linda.........first time i have had to deal with anything like this.

With both Tia and Kirei everything happened so suddenly and before we knew it they were sleeping soundly.

Henry is just so special to me, after everything we have been through with him, he is like my shadow, but i am already noticing my shadow isn't always there anymore.
He will now lie on the sofa and will only come looking for me if i am gone upstairs for a while, whereas before he would be behind me before i even got to the living room door.

I hate seeing these changes in him, because i know that it is because he is not well and that he knows it too.




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