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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.



Blood test results

April 26th 2010 7:43 am
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Well, the test results are in and those were all good so we are now just concentrating on removing the bladder stones and we'll monitor the heart and see how it all progresses. On the plus side, I like the new canned prescription food. Everyone else is getting boring old dry food. BOL! I'll go back to see the dogtor in about 3 weeks to check the bladder. Thanks for the love and prayers.



Vet Visit, good and bad news

April 21st 2010 3:06 pm
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You know there is always room to be an optimist so here it goes. I went to the vet today, I have been having some very slight issues but mom really didn't think much of it. First was a lump on my head. Great news, I got it aspirated and it actually drained and is now gone! Yay! Optimism #1 Next was some problems I was having with potty issues and was made to wear a stinking belly band (how indignant!) Anyway, a urinalysis and x-ray later and it seems it really wasn't my fault, I have both kidney and bladder stones. They can't do anything about the kidney stones but the bladder stones have to go. We're treating them at this point as struvite stones - optimism #2 but it is most likely calcium oxalate stones that will need to be removed surgically. At this point it is not serious and I haven't been having many issues except a bit of inappropriate urination. That is why we are trying treatment as struvite. My final bit of news is the most serious. Last year I had no signs of a heart murmur and this year on a scale of 1 to 6 with 6 being the most severe, I was diagnosed with a grade 4 murmur. This was very alarming to the vet to have such a severe murmur present itself in such a short amount of time. If there is anything to be optimistic about, it is just that the heart is currently not enlarged. We are cautiously going to have to keep this in check because having the surgery to remove the stones will be complicated with heart issues. Other than that, I am acting pretty normal and you really wouldn't look at me and know I was having these issues. I'm hoping things will fall into place and look better by my visit next month to see how the stones are progressing. My bloodwork will come back tomorrow so we will have a bit more info then as well.



I'm traveling soon :)

February 4th 2010 8:25 am
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Guess what? I'm going to see my boy very soon! We're traveling down for his Navy graduation and I'll get to spend the whole weekend with him. I'm so excited, I know it will be lots of fun. Do you think he missed me? I know I have missed him. I just hope all the other pups don't try and take all his attention away from me. He says he has lots of stories to tell us, too. I can't wait to be sitting in his lap and have him tell me all about it. This little old man is feeling pretty spry about this vacation. I'll even be in a hotel! That is probably a first for me. I'll write about my trip later this month.



Pawsome, I'm a Diary Pick!

December 7th 2009 7:50 am
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Thanks Dogster for choosing me as a diary pick today! How exciting! We are down to our final week together with our boy though :( We'll be celebrating Christmas this weekend so he can be here with us. I am pretty sure I will be able to handle it all, but I do know for sure that I will miss him and hope that he will be able to come home at least once or twice a year for a short time. I'm a dog so I don't know how the Navy works, but 4 years is a long time in doggy years. That I am sure of. I need to squeeze as much time as I possibly can in this final week before he leaves. Got to go. Thanks again for the pawsome honor of being a diary pick!


Two weeks from today

November 30th 2009 12:00 pm
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In two weeks, my world as I know it will forever be changed. My boy is leaving for 4 years in the Navy. I'm so proud, but worry about how I will see him. I'm no spring chicken you know. Wish me luck to adjust to life without him and please keep him in your thoughts and prayers.



In the Navy

November 10th 2009 8:27 am
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No, not me! I'd be great but they feel my age would not be appropriate........BOL! My boy has joined the Navy though and will be leaving for boot camp in December. I'm going to miss him SO much. He loves me and always takes me on short trips with him in the car. He said he needs to work on his future though. I know he'll miss me but I support his need to move forward. I would really appreciate if you would keep him in your prayers though. It is still a dangerous time and he will need a few extra thoughts and prayers.


PS - mom added In the Navy by the Village People (totally not my boy's choice)


I look pretty darned good for an old guy!

September 1st 2009 7:33 am
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Today we celebrate my 12th birthday. Truth is, the shelter said I was at least 10 when adopted so I would be at least 12, but to keep a youthful and positive aspect on the whole relative age thing, we went with the youngest and just said I was 10 at adoption. So two years later, I am now 12 and still looking rather youthful. Sure the gray hairs are starting to creep up with me and I have slowed down quite a bit in the last twelve months, but overall I am still a very active senior.

I wonder what kind of toys and treats I will get this year. It is NO secret that I love squeaky toys so I hope I get one or two of them. I take everybody else's birthday toys too so in all actuality, it is like we celebrate my birthday four times a year (can't count Teddy since he doesn't like toys and gets treats instead).

Well, I'm off to see what the day brings. It is a very seasonally cool and beautiful day today. Perfect for a celebration!



I hate fireworks!

July 2nd 2009 7:12 pm
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This is the worst time of year! I just hate those terrible, scary, noisy fireworks. I have probably been afraid of fireworks my whole life but this is a new experience for the pawrents. I have only been here a few years and I am their first ever pet to be so afraid of them. I can't get in the house fast enough and I don't want to go out to potty. If I hear one tiny little boom, forget it! I will not go potty at all and race to go home. I am a big gruff manly dude, but those fireworks are still all scary as can be!

So, please turn of the fireworks and let's have some peace and quiet! BOL! Have a safe 4th of July everyone. You will find me under the bed until the 5th. :)



Not fat, just fluffy!

May 3rd 2009 2:34 pm
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So, I went to the vet the other day and she was saying all kinds of wonderful things about me. She said how cute I was, how soft my fur was, how great my heart sounded, and how good my eye looked since the surgery. I think she was just buttering me up because she went on to say that I was getting F-A-T! She said with my body type the excess weight could cause serious problems with my back, being an older gentleman and all. I told her it was just my winter weight and it would melt away this summer but she wants mom to put me on a diet. I have to lose 2-3 pounds and get back down to the 16-17 pound range. What the french toast?! I like me as I am! Oh, and then to top it off I got shots and my blood stolen! What a day it was, but I have to say in all honesty that I loved all the extra attention.

PS - My bloodwork came back great!

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