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May 05 2013

Update on Hunter, aka “Super Dog”

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Hi everyone,

Hunter celebrated his 11 month Ampuversary on Tuesday, April 30th!

We Love him and are Very Proud of him!

Here’s a photo of the three Amigos on his special day:


We FINALLY got some warm days in Wisconsin and we walked all of the dogs and enjoyed 2 really nice evenings this past week.   The 3rd evening was cooler and we walked again, but Hunter didn’t really seem himself and he tired quickly.  We attributed it to him being exhausted after 2 days of walking in the heat.  (Hunter has always preferred cooler weather as heat really zaps him)  That day he also made a one-time hacking sound and we dismissed it.  (treat dust, irritation?)  The next day was cold and rainy, so we didn’t walk him and he made the hacking sound again.

On Friday, since he hadn’t had any blood work done since January, I took him into his oncologist.  Well he made the hacking sound again and splattered their exam room wall with a frothy mucous that had pink spots in it.  It was blood.  Our oncologist believes this is the first sign that his lung mets are causing him trouble.  We never noticed any mucous produced from his hacking before.  She said that if his hacking continues on a more regular basis he can have a cough suppressant and then some prednisone.

3 days, 3 hacks, 1 productive and gross result.  Now I’m worried.  I could handle him having red eyes, since our holistic vet believed it was diet related, and we handled him getting very sick from the chemo drug Palladia, but this seems so much more real since it is definitely caused by the cancer.  I hate even typing that “C” word, let alone speaking it!

Damn Caner!!

Our oncologist is also concerned about Hunter’s eyes.  They are still red and look sunken to her.  We have now successfully switched him to a turkey raw diet from his chicken raw diet but I really don’t see too much difference in his red eye color.  She would like him to see our doggy ophthalmologist.  He rubbed his eyes at the clinic and hubby says he did notice him rubbing his eyes at home as well.  So it may only be partially diet related.  I’m hoping it is something simple that will clear up with a medication.  Our holistic vet will try to give us something all natural for him after we get a diagnosis.

On the bright side…… Hunter’s blood work came back and it is all within normal limits!  An improvement from January.  That sure gives us a “warm fuzzy” that his health is still pretty good.  We had a CBC and a Chem Panel done.

He weighed in at 71 lbs., which is a little less than his previous weight in March, but still up a lot from when he was sick in January.  He still looks fit and trim.  The 2 small lumps on his sternum have grown a little, but they were there well before this all started and were tested as just fatty tumors, so we’re not concerned there.

Hunter continues to have a great appetite and his energy level is very good most days.  Yesterday he was really stiff and sore so we gave him a natural pain remedy (Boswellia) and he got the day off to just rest.  We believe he has some arthritis.  Hunter will be 10 this July 27th.

Today he is much more like his normal self and enjoyed some time in the sun on the driveway.


He continues to be a very happy lab and will thump his tail at the mere mention of his name, or if it you just look at him and say Awwwww (with Love)!

Please keep our Hunter in your thoughts and prayers.  We really want him to stay in our lives for as long as possible.

Thank you, Hunter’s Mom


P.S. ~ Enjoy each moment you have with your tripawds and monkeybutts!



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6 responses so far

6 Responses to “Update on Hunter, aka “Super Dog””

  1.   maximutton 05 May 2013 at 1:12 pm     Reply1

    So Hunter has had a mix of a week, some ups and some downs. Up or down, I say if your boy is still loving life, that’s what you need to focus on. I bet the eye thing will clear up when you see the ophthalmologist. Hunter is a strong boy, and he loves his family. Plus, he’s got to make sure Harley is properly trained! I’m glad to hear Hunter is feeling pretty well, all in all. I hope the cough suppresant and pred will help him out when you get to that point. As always, we will be keeping your boy in our thoughts and prayers. Keep on fighting the good fight Hunter!!

  2.   benny55on 05 May 2013 at 7:12 pm     Reply2

    Never knew “Super Dogs” could be so darn cute:-) 🙂 What a sweetheart of a dog Hunter is!

    And clearly Super Dog is a SUPER STRONG kid who has o intention of going anywhere for awhile!! He is enjoying each moment…the joy…the love….the spoiling!

    You are such great advocates for Hunter. He knows you are his very best human buddies and you will continue to do Wat’s best for him. And what’s bestfor Super Dogs right now?? Cookies, cookies, Cookies!!

    Looking forward to ccelebration all our continued victories and, especially your birthday!! Yummy caked!

    Holding you safely in our hearts and always here for you,

    Sally and Happy Hannan

  3.   princesson 05 May 2013 at 7:54 pm     Reply3

    Happy 11 month ampuversary Hunter!
    Happy and comfortable is good. We will keep praying for much more time for you.
    One day at a time.

    Karen and Spirit Magnum

  4.   fourminipupson 05 May 2013 at 11:58 pm     Reply4

    Happy Ampuversary!

    Sorry you’ve had such a rough week. Sending every happy thought available your way.

  5.   jerryon 08 May 2013 at 11:14 am     Reply5

    OK first, let me say that you have a GORGEOUS pack of doggies! I love that pic.

    I’m really sorry about the lung met issues. Unfortunately that tends to happen occasionally, but many dogs do continue to go on for a long time even with this occasional grossness. It’s scary though, I agree it really brings things home and hurts to think about.

    I hope the eye situation gets “cleared up” (sorry, bad pun).

    But at least you have a plan, you have a great medical team, and you have information that will help make this journey less difficult. And of course you have Hunter, who is still alive, doing great and not letting anything stop him from savoring every moment. Watch him when you’re feeling down and he will chase those blues away.

    Keep us posted on how he’s doing OK? We’re here for you.

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