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Respiratory distress

May 24th 2012 9:31 am
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Yuki went for surgery today and when they administered a mild sedative to prep him for surgery, he went into acute respiratory distress. They had to abort the surgery and work to bring him back around. They have him stable for now and we'll know more soon. Since the stones are fairly large, there is at least no chance of them lodging and causing an obstruction.

He is just too old at this time and his heart disease is too advanced to take having the procedure done again.

Yuki's mom


My visit at the Veterinary Hospital

May 22nd 2012 1:18 pm
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My visit went pretty well and I am sure I charmed the ladies ;)

I might be having the surgery done on Thursday......hello mom, that is in two days!!! They think it would just be better to get it done and let me recover fully before my boy shows up next month.

For now, I am just waiting for confirmation of the surgery date and if it goes as planned, I will be admitted really early on Thursday morning and should be home that evening as long as there are no complications.

I have to say though that the doctors there are way too interested in my anal area. What the heck did they all have to examine there for? Guess it goes with the age, they were checking for any signs of tumors or other abnormalities that might occur in a gentleman of my age. I might have given them some presents, but I couldn't help it. I blame them totally.

I'm nervous surgery is sooner than expected but hope this is the last one ever!!



Going back to the U of M

May 21st 2012 10:23 am
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My bladder stones are back this year so I'm heading back to the U of M for another consultation. I had surgery a couple years ago and was hoping at my age that would be the end of it but no such luck.

Once I have the consultation we will have to schedule the lithotripsy surgery. Mom wants to hold off until the end of June so I can visit with my boy Josh who is coming home for a couple weeks to visit. When he heads back to the Navy, I will have the surgery. There is no obstruction so putting it off shouldn't be an issue. We only found out the stones were back because mom opted to do precautionary x-rays to see how I was doing. It was a bit of a surprise for us to see two stones in there. Anyway, I'm a tough old man and surely can handle the surgery once again. My annual vet visit went fairly well overall. I still have heart issues, which is one of the reasons I go to the U of M. The have all kids of specialists in case of complications.

So that is all for now. I am enjoying my new buzz cut and think I look pretty dapper for an old man :)

Have a wonderful spring and summer. I'll post more at a later date. Won't really be much to say until the actual surgery.



Nice b-day

September 1st 2011 9:59 pm
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A bit hot outside today but I had a nice birthday/gotcha day celebration. I am supposed to get a treat later because it hasn't arrived yet so I hope it is good.

I'm getting up there in age and have some medical issues now but I'm still doing well for a 14+ age pup. I even think I look pretty darned young, too! :)

Thanks for the birthday wishes and greetings. They are very much appreciated.



Happy 4th of July

July 4th 2011 1:22 pm
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Happy 4th even though I absolutely HATE this time of the year. Fireworks scare me and I spend the days hiding until its over. I feel very comfortable in the house and it has been no easy task to get me outside to potty. I may have even shown a few teeth to daddy today because I wanted to stay in. I'll be so happy when this is over.



Wonderful Christmas

December 21st 2010 11:03 am
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I'm having the most wonderful Christmas this year even with all the cold temps and snow because my favorite boy in the whole world came home from the Navy to spend the holidays with us. I have two weeks to soak up all the love and attention I can possibly get from him. This is a very joyous gift for me indeed.



Thanks for the birthday pressies

September 2nd 2010 12:09 am
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Thanks for the birthday pressies everyone!! I am officially now 13ish years old and celebrated three years in my new home. I amaze my family with my youthful appearance and playful ways at times, but at other times, they say they definitely have seen me age over the past few years. Hey, I'm entitled to show my age every once and awhile. Anyway, it was a lovely birthday with beautiful weather! Best news of all.......my boy is coming home for the holiday weekend! If I could do a backflip, I would. I haven't seen him since boot camp graduation six months ago. It is my best present ever!

Love to you all :)



In recovery

June 8th 2010 9:29 am
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Great news! Surgery was successful and I am now in recovery. I'm all set to go home later this afternoon. Whew, I'm so glad to have this all done and over with.

The stones will be sent to a lab to determine what exactly they are composed of so that we can adjust my diet accordingly. I certainly don't want these coming back so hopefully this was a one time deal. I still have stones in the kidneys but with any luck they will just stay put and never travel into the bladder.

I just can't wait to get home. Thanks for the pawrayers.



Surgery date is changed to Tuesday

June 4th 2010 2:42 pm
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I get a one day reprieve! BOL A scheduling conflict has postponed my surgery one day. Can you tell how disappointed I am? HaHa! NOT! I don't know of too many pups who are actually excited about surgery, so I'll take this extra day to just chill and relax.

Oh, and I got a homemade frosty paw today! Delish, if I must say so myself. Sometimes life is just grand.



Bladder Stone Surgery is set for Monday

June 3rd 2010 8:54 pm
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Today I went to see the specialists at the University of Minnesota to get their opinion on whether or not I would be a good candidate for the Lithotripsy surgery. I am indeed good to go! Normal procedure is to go in through the abdomen and cut the bladder open to manually remove the stones, but my surgery will be to have a laser go in through the urethra, up to the bladder, and then blast the stones until they are small enough to be flushed out of the bladder. It means I can go home the same day and won't have an incision. The risks are the same as with any surgery, but being at the U should give me the best possible care should anything go wrong. My heart is the biggest concern but the surgery has to be done.

Anyway, that was my busy day today. I even got a new toy and some treats at the pet store after we left the hospital.

I'm not looking forward to Monday, but I'll be happy once it is done and over with.


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