Less than a month after I had my Rex put to sleep, my other dog Sally got her paw badly bitten by a dog. The paw is nearly healed. On the other hand she became lethargic, very weak and off her food. She is 12 years old, a cocker spaniel cross-breed.
I took her to the vet (not our own who is on holiday but another one) this morning, and he ran a blood test to arrive at something like a diagnosis. She has become severely anaemic and is low on red blood cells and haemoglobin. The vet suggested having a echograph done to examine the spleen and liver, then mentioned doing a biopsy to see if it is possible to remove the tumour surgically.
Hold your horses! This seemed like a ploy to get me to spend a hell of a lot of money for a dead dog! Some vets are just money machines. My father is a retired vet – I know a true vet when I see one…
My wife and I think it could well be exhaustion and shock after the biting and the process of a very nasty wound healing. Psychological traumas have their effect on the body in both humans and other species. She has something to give her a better appetite, and she will be getting rich food for the next couple of weeks: oily fish, black puddings, pig’s liver and kidneys, cat food, chicken bones, cheap cheese and all sorts of nice things to give her strength. Then we’ll see if she has cancer with our own vet, just two weeks until she gets back from her holidays.
If it is cancer, it will be sad to see another dog go so soon after Rex. We can pray for dogs, since the Ritual gives a rite for the blessing of sick animals. They are our companions and it is wrenching when they have to go.
If it is just exhaustion and depletion, then she just needs nursing for another year or two of life. She is a good dog, loyal as most dogs are. Truly, 2013 is an annus horribilis for me, beginning with the loss of my mother, and now my dogs. I too ask your prayers.