The Diary of Bows

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Happy Birthday!!!

December 17th 2007 5:59 am
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I will fill in later much of Bow's earlier life, but for now, I want to wish her a Happy 13th Birthday!!! I went to a pet store yesterday and bought some special treats. Her and Beamer will be eating good today.

 

Merry Christmas

December 25th 2007 6:16 am
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Merry Christmas Bow-se-Bows!

 

Surgery

January 4th 2008 7:23 am
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For several years Bows has had a chronic ear infection. After changing vets, our new vet suggested surgery, so Bows went in yesterday. They called us today and said she is doing good, we can take her home tomorrow. But, the surgeon said he sent a mass to the lab for testing to see if it is cancerous. Let's hope & pray it's not. The lab test should be done by Weds.

 

My surgery

January 7th 2008 4:47 pm
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We picked Bows up from the pet hospital on Saturday. Oh my poor baby. She looks so pathetic after her surgery. Prepare yourself if you want to look. http://i177.photobucket.com/albums/w206/tim15856/Bowssurgery 003.jpg

Bow's ear canal and middle ear were removed. Her entire ear opening has been stitched shut. She is doing better today but her tail and butt area is swollen which has us concerned. If she doesn't poop by tomorrow, she goes back to the vet. I don't think the lack of pooping is causing the swelling though. She's giving us a fit taking her pills. Even mashing them up into a powder and putting them in the best dog food doesn't fool her.. The wife did manage to get them in her by putting them in turkey. The next two weeks are critical for her.

 

Bow's surgery update

January 22nd 2008 6:51 am
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Bows is coming along fine now. She really had it rough the first few days. It was almost impossible to get any pills or food into her. We were really worried about her. She's acting almost normal now. Her balance and eyelid will take another week or two to get back to normal. The surgeon said the mass they took out of her ear was cancerous but that they got it right as it was starting. Blood tests indicate the cancer didn't spread so Bows should be in the clear as far as the cancer is concerned.

 

Bow's surgery update II

February 4th 2008 6:44 am
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Bow's ear has pretty much healed. She's certainly glad to be rid of the Elizabeth collar. Her balance and eyelid movement still need time to get back to normal. All is going good.

 

update

May 28th 2008 10:06 am
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It's been awhile since Bow's surgery. Her ear has healed nicely. She still has pretty good hearing for a 13 year, one ear dog. The biopsy on the mass in her ear turned out to be cancerous, but the surgeon said it looks like it just started and that they got it all. So far it doesn't look like it came back. She has had other problems lately. Her normal spring allergies cause skin infections that we've been treating for about a 1 1/2 months. She started throwing up at night about two weeks ago and was doing it every night. A vet visit came up with nothing. I decided to stop giving her the medicine the vet has had her on for the skin condition since it has cleared up anyway. After the 2nd night, she appears to have stopped throwing up. Today was the first time in several weeks that she ate all her food. And this is a dog who use to inhale any nearby food, so you know she wasn't feeling good. Yesterday we did find blood on the floor from an unknown source, but after checking both Bows and Beamer, we can't determine where it came from. We'll just keep watch for any other problems.

 

update

September 2nd 2008 6:23 am
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Other than Buttons, Bows hasn't liked other dogs very much. I'm not sure if she misses Beamer at all. She will sometimes sleep in his favorite spot, but I'm not sure if she does it because of him, or because she realized why he liked that spot so much (slate in front of fireplace-nice and cool). Now she has a new brother, Shadow, who we were suppose to foster, but decided to adopt instead. She growls at Shadow whenever he gets too close when she is laying down, just like she did with Beamer and the grandson. But the wife said she seems to get along with him better at times, so we'll see how things go.

We are still fighting Bow's skin problems. The vets keep telling us it's a skin infection and the antibiotics work, but they keep saying it's due to allergies. Well, I decided to check things out on the internet. I'm really tired of going through this every spring & summer. It appears that this is called "hot spots" and is caused by moisture that is trapped in the fur and allows bacteria to grow which causes the infection. So next spring, we will have her stomach shaved and perhaps the rest of her fur cut close. Hopefully that will be the end of this crap.

 

bad news

September 20th 2008 12:32 pm
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When Bows started to have pain around her neck and she would yelp when she barked, we took her to the vet. They took x-rays and had us confer with the surgeon who operated on her ear. He won't come out and say what it is, he says he can't be sure without a CT-scan or to open her up, but we don't need to spend all that money to know what the problem is. The cancer is back. I do see her shake her head as if something is bothering her around the ear she had surgery on. She's on pain meds, so she doesn't appear to be in too much discomfort. We're keeping her on the antibiotics to try to at least clear up her skin problem. Her time to join her beloved companion Buttons is drawing near. I am trying to prepare as best as possible for that time. We will try to make the best of what time we have left with her.

 

Dec 2008

December 13th 2008 8:17 am
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Bow's birthday is next week, she'll be 14. I wasn't sure she'd make it this long, but she hasn't been shaking her head anymore and the sensitive spot around her surgery doesn't seem to hurt her anymore. Me & the wife are thinking, maybe she doesn't have cancer afterall. We were feeding her more before since we didn't think she had much time left, now I'm putting her on a diet. With the colder weather, she always gets more frisky, so maybe she'll get around better with a little less weight to carry around. We've also been putting greater effort into fixing her skin problem. It usually goes away in winter, but she still has some spots that are flaking. So we're increasing the number of baths using a special shampoo and I'm spraying her more with a antibiotic spray. Hopefully she'll be feeling much better soon.

 
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