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Jul 22 2013

Unexpected vet visit for Super Dog today!

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So Hunter vomited up a huge amount of water and treats this morning before I left for work and I thought his abdomen looked distended and bloated.  He was panting, but he’s been panting due to the warm weather.  He seemed stable so I left for work but planned to come home and check on him mid-day.

I checked on him at lunch but, for the first time ever, he didn’t greet me at the door.  He laid on a carpet in the kitchen, his breathing sounded raspy, and then he vomited up 2 slimy piles of phlegm and liquid with a couple spots of blood in them.  When he tried to get up his rear leg slipped on the kitchen floor and he fell down.  He seemed so weak to me.  I helped him up and he was able to hop outside to go pee.

I couldn’t reach his regular vet, so I called his oncologist’s office which happens to be our local 24 hr. emergency vet center and I was directed to take him in right away.

Over the phone, the vet tech and I were thinking degenerative heart failure and fluid on his lungs and abdomen.

His oncologist was in today so she was able to fill in the ER vet.

Hunter is now down to 60.5 lbs.

At the appointment the ER vet didn’t hear any lung or heart problems and didn’t think his abdomen looked or felt distended.  She recommended taking new xrays.  (his last xrays were taken on June 5th)

They took the xrays and could see that his lung tumors are growing rapidly.


He has multiple large tumors and several smaller tumors.  His lung capacity is diminishing.

I asked her what she thought was going to be Hunter’s physical downfall and she thought it wasn’t going to be a heart problem.  (Well we all know how wonderful Hunter’s BIG heart is!!)  She thought it would most likely be a lung problem.  Like  air escaping his lungs and not allowing him to breathe properly, or  a tumor affecting a blood vessel that causes him to bleed.

Sadly, she thinks he only has a few weeks left.  But she said that all things considered, he’s been with us a long time.

However, as you all know, it will never be enough time.

I took him back home and he’s doing ok now.  We are hoping he wants to make it to his 10th Birthday, which is this Saturday. We are going to feed him more to try and keep some weight on him, give him lots of Love and Treats, and continue to take him for short walks on the non-humid days and evenings.  We love just having him around and he can stay with us for as long as he wants too.

Come on Super Dog!  You can do it!



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8 responses so far

8 Responses to “Unexpected vet visit for Super Dog today!”

  1.   benny55on 22 Jul 2013 at 4:39 pm     Reply1

    Okay SUPER DOG! It’s time for the cape again!! I know it’s hot and you don’t want to wear it but a Super Dog has to get the healing powers of that cape infused right now!!

    Okay, you also have to get a cook out like you had for your thirteenth amuversary!! Those burgers and that pawty….yeah….he needs his grilled burgers!! You humans can go outside and charcoal them in the heat! Hunter will stay inside in the cool a/c waiting for you to serve them to him on a silver platter!!:-) 🙂

    I now this is …..just darn hard. But I also know you are incredibly strong and committed pawparents and will do whatever it takes to stay present and positive in the moment! You will do it because your love is so strong and so deep.

    Right NOW, Hunter Super Dog is home with you!! Right now is all that matters!!

    Remember, your dealing with SUPER DOG! Vets just don’t get that!! SUPER DOG with the HUGE heart!! now put your cape on and get ready to eat your burgers!

    By the way, he’s still a very, very fine looking pup! He always knows how to work the camera!!

    We look forward to his birthday party pictures Saturday!! In the meantime, we look forward to some “preview” pictures of him having an ice cream tasting party so you kow which he wants for his pawty!! Ice cream evsry night Hunter!! Such a special boy you are!

    We love you and look forward to those pictures!!

    Sally and Happy Hannah

  2.   labsruson 22 Jul 2013 at 4:50 pm     Reply2

    Thank you so much Sally and Happy Hannah… it means a lot to us.

  3.   maximutton 22 Jul 2013 at 5:04 pm     Reply3

    Hunter, you have the entire Tripawds Nation thinking about you and sending positive thoughts your way. You are a very brave boy!!

  4.   Michelleon 22 Jul 2013 at 7:51 pm     Reply4

    Hunter, we are pulling for you. Mets suck. Sending birthday wishes to you. Sassy’s is Friday. Happy Birthday super dog

    Michelle & Sassy

  5.   fourminipupson 22 Jul 2013 at 8:33 pm     Reply5

    Hugs to you Hunter. Hang in therea so we can all wish you a Happy Birthday. You are one loved dog. Sending good thoughts your way.

    Luanne and Shooter

  6.   mmrocker13on 22 Jul 2013 at 8:40 pm     Reply6

    Everyone loves a birthday party–hang in there, Hunter. <3

  7.   penny4weimson 22 Jul 2013 at 11:14 pm     Reply7

    Hang in there Hunter. You are the cutest lab around. Back in April my girl Maggie had lung mets and was tired and coughing but her birthday was April 26 and we had a party and a hamburger birthday cake which she ate with relish. She crossed the rainbow bridge 2 days later. It’s a really tough time, harder than any other time but you know your boy and you will do right by him. Sending love and strength. Penny, Blink and Maggie over yonder.

  8.   Kozmo Kareson 24 Jul 2013 at 10:42 am     Reply8

    Hunter, you are so strong and courageous! We want to wish you a very Happy Birthday!! Sending prayers and good thoughts to you and your family. 🙂

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