Life of the Turner Dog

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It's over...

April 15th 2011 1:42 pm
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We got the pathology report the masses that were removed were loaded with lymphoma and it was a very aggressive cancer. We had Turner PTS tonight and our hearts are broken. He was having a good day and the sun is shining so we decided it was the best choice to let him go now before the cancer ravished him and brought him more pain.

He was my heart and soul dog, I feel like I too am dying... Thank you all for all of your thoughts and prayers they are so appreciated.

Until I can type again.

I love you Turner thank you for almost 8 amazing years together. Lord knows we had a wild journey...

All of our love,
Lya and Karl



April 15th 2011 4:33 am
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The steroids are helping and the mass appears to be getting smaller by 15% according to the vet. We went to see Turner last night and he greeted us with loads of kisses and tail whips. Definately a good sign. He still has trouble peeing and has diarrea and is straining while eliminating. BUT we're praying for the best. We left Turner at the vet because he's still not eating. Hubby gave them the tricks to make him eat so we'll see. The vet called the lab and put an urgent on his biopsies. We should have the pathology report this morning, once again praying for the best. The vet is hopeful because of the response to Pred, stating that the mass reduced about 15%.

The vets office is falling in love with my Turner. He's winning their hearts as only he can and everyone is pulling for him. I've made alot of promises with God and intend on keeping them... Just let him pull through this...please...



April 13th 2011 9:00 am
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Went to visit Turner last night and he tried to pee, got a little spritz and then nothing. He also had some diarrea. Then he started to cry and I started to cry so we had to leave.

This morning I spoke to the vet and she stated that his swelling had gone down and he was peeing and pretty chipper. BUT she did a rectal on him and found a large mass. He was having a hard time pooping and in pain. She's going to start him on some steriods and see if that'll help. If not decisions need to be made. Which means I'm going to lose my best friend. All I can say is this sucks. I can't stop crying...


On another note - Hubby did a wonderful thing...

April 12th 2011 8:37 am
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Hubby and I have been together for 20 years and he's had to deal with me and dogs for all of them. Yesterday he took Turner to the vet for an emergency. While outside trying to let Turner pee a guy pulled up in a Cadillac got out in his business suit and had a young male Airedale Terrier he was dropping off for neutering. Hubby said the guy wouldn't walk on the grass and the kept jerking the lead and snapping the dog back. All the while telling it to hurry up... Well hubby got inside and the man came in shortly after. The guy sat down on a bench and was using the lead to "whip" the dog to sit... Hubby just about lost it! Told the guy - if you hit that dog one more time I'm gonna hit you. The guy looked at my husband (6'1" and 260 pounds) and said he won't sit. Hubby said you don't have to yell and you don't have to hit - watch and looked a Turner and said calmly Turner sit. Of course he did! Then he said what is your dogs name. The man told him, hubby said the dogs name and sit and son-of-a-gun the dog sat. Hubby just smiled and said, "see be nice to them and they'll be nice to you." Then they called Turner to the back. I'm so proud of hubby!!

Click treat!! Good hubby!! :)



April 12th 2011 8:35 am
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The vet believes the whole problem is from the swelling of his right leg. They put a compression bandage on and another cath this morning. By the way - he stood still for the cath. Even the vet said what a trooper!! No infection - blood work is still as it was pre-op. Before I hung up the tech advised the vet that Turner had just peed on his own!!! They gave him lasix and want to keep him another night for observation.

I give the vet so much credit - she reiterated that this was a major surgery and we're far from out of the woods. But since his bloodwork was clear and she didn't feel the abdominal mass taht the other vet felt (she believes it was fluid) that these are all good signs. Hubby and I are going for a visit after work - take him for a little walk about and get a few (ok a bunch) of hugs.


Another long night...

April 12th 2011 3:59 am
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They kept Turner last night. I called the vet yesterday afternoon and the tech said she took him for a walk and he pooped once and tried to pee several times with no luck. The vet told me that she was going into surgery and when she got done she would get a crew together and cath him.

She called me later and told me that they did cath him and got his bladder empty and he pooped once again. He did vomit once and she gave him his meds through injections. She didn't want to give him steriods until they found the problem with the peeing. She also stated that she felt what could be another mass in his abdomen area and was concerned. Turner was comfortable and being a good boy and she was saying how wonderful he was overall.

This morning Turner's regular vet and the lead vet will be in. I'm going to call around 11 am for an update.



April 11th 2011 6:30 am
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Hubby got him in as they were unlocking the doors. They took him right in. They're keeping him and may have him overnight - don't know yet. Hubby tried to let him pee before he left and his belly filled up with fluid and a fold of skin got caught in his penis sheath. Hubby managed to get it out and broke the sound barrier getting him to the vet.

Turner's in good hands, the vets at this clinic are the best in the area and we have full confidence in them.

The techs are going to walk him and see if he can pee, if not they'll cath him to relieve the pressure and start from scratch...

We'll keep you posted...

Thanks for all of the thoughts and prayers... we need them.


Getting worse..

April 11th 2011 4:00 am
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He ate 2 bites of wet food last night. Peed and pooped. Woke up at 4 this morning and tried to pee, couldn't. So hubby is taking him to the vet as I type this.....


Oh No!!

April 10th 2011 11:04 am
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Mom called, Turner woke up and the drain tube was folded at the end and stuck to the inside of his leg. She used some warm compressess to get it to unstick and it popped out of the hole! So after a phone call to the e-vet on call we've got to keep warm compresses on it to keep the hole open and get him to the vet first thing in the morning. Hubby will take him while I go to work.

This is slowly becoming a nightmare... Oh yea, he hasn't eaten since yesterday afternoon and is refusing food so far. Time for a trip back to the vets....


Come on buddy - feel better..

April 10th 2011 4:05 am
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Another long night! Got home yesterday and took of the Bite-Not collar. Turner did his business out front on lead. We got back into the house and he was shaking like crazy. His drain is dripping pretty steadily which I know is good. But he doesn't understand it and is freaked out. How do you explain to a dog that it'll be alright!? He refused to eat his dinner last night but got ate a few treats. We iced his right leg most of the evening - it is so swollen it hurts to look at it.

We woke up at 1 am and I took him outside. He peed 2x's. I put his Bite-Not collar on and he laid down on one of the pillows in the living room. I was so exhausted I fell right to sleep. When the alarm went off he was laying on the same pillow facing a different direction. Took his collar off and tried to coax him to eat. Mixed some chicken, chicken broth with his food. No luck. He did manage to take his meds with cheese. I iced his leg again and he just laid there. I'm hoping it was too early to eat and when he wakes up later he will eat for my mom. If he doesn't that's 24 hours with no food when I get home and he'll have to go to the e-vet. He's such a good dog and doesn't deserve to be uncomfortable... :(

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