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Postby loudog » March 12th, 2011, 3:38 pm

That makes sense. I wouldn't let him get to that point, but just trying to figure out how it all works.

Thanks!
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Postby plebayo » March 12th, 2011, 5:35 pm

loudog wrote:That makes sense. I wouldn't let him get to that point, but just trying to figure out how it all works.

Thanks!



I understand... I personally am the kind of person that wants to be 'prepared' for everything, it makes me feel like I have some control even when I have none :oops:
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Postby loudog » March 20th, 2011, 12:38 pm

Just a brief update on Louie:

It's been a little over a week since the diagnosis, and a little over two weeks since the rhinoscopy.

He's still his normal little self, but I have been noticing more snorting the last few days. Not quite as violent as before the rhinoscopy, but he's been doing it in his sleep again on occasion. The vet says this is a slow-growing cancer, but it concerns me that the snorting is occurring again so soon when they removed a good portion of the tumor during the rhinoscopy.

I keep wondering when I'll know when "it's time." The vet said it will be annoying, both for his people and him, and not so much painful, but I can't imagine it's fun for him to be snorting and struggling to breathe at times?
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Postby TinaMartin » March 20th, 2011, 12:44 pm

He might learn to breathe through his mouth. Trust me you will know when it is time. Don't dwell on it. Spend the time you have left enjoying what you can with him. What are some of the things he loves to do?
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Postby plebayo » March 20th, 2011, 1:14 pm

loudog wrote:Just a brief update on Louie:

It's been a little over a week since the diagnosis, and a little over two weeks since the rhinoscopy.

He's still his normal little self, but I have been noticing more snorting the last few days. Not quite as violent as before the rhinoscopy, but he's been doing it in his sleep again on occasion. The vet says this is a slow-growing cancer, but it concerns me that the snorting is occurring again so soon when they removed a good portion of the tumor during the rhinoscopy.

I keep wondering when I'll know when "it's time." The vet said it will be annoying, both for his people and him, and not so much painful, but I can't imagine it's fun for him to be snorting and struggling to breathe at times?


It might be kind of inflamed/swollen just from having the chunk taken out. Like Tina said just enjoy your time together. There's a commercial for a cancer clinic, the woman says her doctor gave her 2mos to live but when she went to the new clinic the doctor said "You don't have an expiration date." It's the same with your pup, just take each day at a time with no worries. He doesn't know he has cancer.
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Postby amalie79 » March 20th, 2011, 8:40 pm

loudog wrote:I keep wondering when I'll know when "it's time." The vet said it will be annoying, both for his people and him, and not so much painful, but I can't imagine it's fun for him to be snorting and struggling to breathe at times?


I didn't think I'd know-- Simon didn't have any one terminal thing that was going to get him. But I knew. :| They let you know, so don't think too much about it. Enjoy your time and live in the moment. He'll tell you when it's time.

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Postby loudog » March 23rd, 2011, 11:11 pm

Thank you, guys. It's just so new, it's hard to get my head around it.
TinaMartin wrote:He might learn to breathe through his mouth. Trust me you will know when it is time. Don't dwell on it. Spend the time you have left enjoying what you can with him. What are some of the things he loves to do?


He loves playing ball... I'd definitely say that's his favorite thing in life. As soon as he sees his ball, he is focused on nothing else. I have a small yard, but my mom has 6 acres so every time we go there he knows it's Chuck-It time and he chases the ball forever. I've definitely been making an effort to play more often :)

But he's not too biased, he loves most toys:

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That's Lou on Monday with his new polar bear toy.


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Postby Tubular Toby » March 24th, 2011, 12:41 am

Awww he's adorable!! Good thoughts your way!
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Postby TinaMartin » March 24th, 2011, 9:25 am

loudog wrote:Thank you, guys. It's just so new, it's hard to get my head around it.
TinaMartin wrote:He might learn to breathe through his mouth. Trust me you will know when it is time. Don't dwell on it. Spend the time you have left enjoying what you can with him. What are some of the things he loves to do?


He loves playing ball... I'd definitely say that's his favorite thing in life. As soon as he sees his ball, he is focused on nothing else. I have a small yard, but my mom has 6 acres so every time we go there he knows it's Chuck-It time and he chases the ball forever. I've definitely been making an effort to play more often :)

But he's not too biased, he loves most toys:

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That's Lou on Monday with his new polar bear toy.
Maybe see if you can find a ball like toy for in the house that will keep him guessing as to which way it will bounce. I bet the 2 of you would have a lot of fun with something like that. :dance:


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Postby plebayo » March 24th, 2011, 9:59 am

He's so cute and he sounds like he's really a fun dog!
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Postby pitbullmamaliz » March 24th, 2011, 10:07 am

He looks happy. :)
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Postby ParisStreetPitCrew » March 24th, 2011, 9:25 pm

What a great photo!

If you have occasion, have someone take some nice photos of you & Louie together.
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Postby Pit♥bull » March 31st, 2011, 11:33 am

Lots of :goodthoughts: headed your way for Louie. :)
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