Monday, August 24, 2009

Vet Visit.

I had scheduled Murphy for a vet visit on Saturday, but in light of his lethargy all weekend, I was concerned again about dehydration, so I moved it up to late this afternoon. Of course, when I got home and picked him up, he was bouncy and much more like himself, and I was wondering if I was just being crazy.

He saw the same vet he saw last time. This time, she felt a mass in his abdomen. An x-ray confirmed that something is in there.

Wednesday, ultrasound and biopsy. Then we will know where we stand. It may be something benign that can be removed. Or not.

I am reeling. Too numb to cry. And also thinking it through - he's not in any pain - the vet even remarked that he didn't flinch at all when she palpated the mass - and this is a dog who falls over lame if a pine needle sticks to his leg while he's walking. So he's not in pain - and I hear him shoving his food dish around the floor, getting every bite of the chopped chicken breast I just fed him. But he has lost more weight. He's just 7.0 lbs. now - 3 weeks ago he was 7.4 lbs. That's a significant loss for a wee little dog.

And now I think I'll go sit on the garage floor and rip carpet for an hour or so - I feel a need to slash viciously at something.

16 comments:

Teresa said...

Okay, okay. No panicking yet. Deep breaths. He's acting fine. He doesn't seem to be in pain. He's still eating. Let's not buy trouble. Catherine, it's your turn for some GOOD luck. This HAS to be okay.

Lots of prayers for the Bossy Little Dog and hugs for his Mom from me and Casey.

Teresa

Catherine said...

He ate dinner and took a slow walk, and now he's on the rug, listless again. He isn't acting fine - that's why I moved his vet visit from the 29th to today. He does not seem to be in pain, he appears comfortable, but he is far from the little guy fetching the ball and jumping off the bed in the videos I posted earlier this month. I am hoping very hard that this is something fixable. But he isn't acting fine.

Glizzer said...

Oh Catherine,

I agree, this HAS to be your time to have it BE ALL OK. Many good vibes sent for Murphy, and you!

-Jo

Aarlene said...

Dammit.

caroline said...

Well, shit. Just shit. May it be fixable and healable and all good things, Catherine. Sending love to you and the wee Bossy Meister...

Anonymous said...

Innit just ridiculous - I live half a world away and I am worrying about a dog I have never met, and never will?

The old Rudyard Kipling had it exactly right "You give your heart to a dog to tear." And again, and again.....

All best wishes for a simple and speedy recovery, Murphy. Time your devoted slave had bit of good luck.

Catherine - take care of yourself.

Gae, in Callala Bay

greta said...

prayers for you and Murphy....
hoping this is something *caught early*
that can be fixed.

Linda said...

(((HUGS)))

nurseknitsalot said...

You're in my thoughts and prayers. My heart just sank when you said they found a mass....hopefully it's benign and they can remove it...keep thinking positive.

Amie said...

You still have my phone number, right? Call if you need ANYTHING.

Prayers for Murph. Terriers pull through - they're fighters.

Hang in there.

My word verification is "Tormuck"

Fits somehow.

KatyaR said...

Oh no, no, no, no, no--not sweet Murphy! I will be holding my breath and wishing good, positive thoughts for him tomorrow. This is just not right.

Hugs to you, Catherine--I know how much he means to you. (Give the Bossy One a hug for me, too.)

Joan said...

Gae said it so well, but I'm delurking anyway to let you know that you and Murphy are being thought about here in France.

Anonymous said...

Oh, just damnit to hell.

Sending "benign, removable" vibes cross-country.

Janet

ellen said...

Crossing my fingers for you and your little man. I am hoping for the best for you both.

Catherine said...

I am awed, and touched, and delighted, that Murphy has a cheering section that extends to France and Australia! I don't think he can read a world map, but I'm thrilled!

"You give your heart to a dog to tear." Oh, so very true. I've had mine torn out once already, when The Best Damn Golden Retriever Ever had a stroke and could not stand, and had to be gently taken away by the same vet team caring for Murphy now. I do trust them. I have faith that if anyone can figure out what ails him, they can, and if they can't fix it, they will send me to the U of FL vet school if necessary. (One tech suggested it when Murphy was a puppy. He had a crooked front tooth, and he said, "If you're going to show him...." I said I wasn't, and I'd pass on doggie braces. :-) )

Rachael Herron said...

Hugs, from us, sent to you. It's so scary, but eating is such a good sign!! Good, good thoughts.... xoxo