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10/21/09 9:33 P

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I am so sorry for you loss.
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10/21/09 2:39 P

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I am so sorry for your loss. Losing a pet has always been a gut wrenching time for me. They are such a big part of our lives, so when they are gone it feels like there is such a big hole in the world. It does get better with time in that the emotional pain is not so raw. Take care, and take comfort that Rocco is not suffering anymore.

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10/20/09 3:59 P

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I was a mess, but I know he's in a better place and perfectly healthy and happy now. It's better for him...

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glad your boy is getting better! Im sorry you had to go thru that! I would be a mess if something happend to my girls!

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Tired, I am so so sorry you had to let Rocco go. It takes a piece of our heart when one of our loved animals die.

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Wow, here I was writing don't give up and he's doing better. Great news. I'm single and I get overwhelmed too at times. I have two dogs and my puppy is more than a handful. Seriously and I don't like getting into my sheets and feeling dirt and mulch but I figure that's why I have a washer and dryer.

I am at this point walking both of them separately as I'm still training him and now trying to train my 9 yo better. It's alot-because when I take one the other cries.

It's tough and very trying at times but at night when one lays next to me and the other lays on the other side I wouldn't trade it for anything.

Last night I said to myself, this is the life, this is as good as it gets.

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10/20/09 3:28 P

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It's been a long time since I posted, but I just wanted to tell those that offered me some help about our sad news.........due to many different issues, we had to let our beloved Rocco go on Labor Day 2009. I want to thank everyone for your advice and support.

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I am so glad to hear Rocco is doing better. All the best to you.

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So glad Rocco is doing better!
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5/2/09 5:54 P

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I'm glad to hear Rocco is doing better. I and probably all the dog lovers here can identify with you just wanting to give up occassionally. No matter how much we love our dogs, some of them can become a bit much at times! They're like teenagers (I am assuming--I never had kids, but I WAS a teenager once so I know what that's like!).

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I'm SO glad Rocco is feeling better!! Hopefully things will just keep improving and he'll be totally back to his old self soon. We've all been there with the insanity, and it does get better!

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I'm glad to hear that Rocco is getting better. I missed this when you first posted but I just wanted to say that the accidents may have been a side effect of the steroids. Pippi is being treated now for very bad ear infections and the vet had her on a steroid last week. He warned me that because of the steroid she would likely drink more and pee more often, and that is exactly what happened. Now that she is off the steroid she seems to be getting back to a normal schedule, which my rug is very thankful for! lol

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OK, Rocco appears to be getting a little better. He is no longer on steroids, but instead he's taking a non-steroidal anti inflammatory medicine. His tail will only move to one side. The x-rays were fine, and she (the vet) can only assume he injured himself somehow. He's not in any pain and appears comfortable and happy, so there's not much we can do at this point. He's only went potty in the house once in the last week. He's eating better now too, and starting to gain his weight back.

Thank you to all of you who offered support and advice. Sometimes as a dog owner and single working parent I get overwhelmed and lose my sense of sanity.

Hope everyone has a good weekend!!!

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Some great advice here. You're in my thoughts & prayers! Please keep us posted. emoticon

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I'm must basically repeating what other's have said. Crating is the best idea for his safety, your home and your anxiety level. The 2nd best option is putting him in 1 room, like the bathroom, and put down potty pads.

I would write down all the symptoms you have seen, a time line, and everything he has eaten/consumed - including what might have been in the trash. Note if there has been a change in the number of times of urination and if his stools have changed in size, consistancy, frequency. All these things will help the vet figure out what is going on.

I do have to say, it seems odd you vet would have made you wait so long. Even really busy vets keep emergency appointments open daily, just like a good doctor's office would. You might want to talk to your vet about what this personally has made you feel and go through by having to wait for what seems a long time for such sudden onset symptoms.

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I would definitely try to find a vet who could take him in sooner than your regular vet can. I am also surprised that, given what is happening to your dog, you vet didn't "make room" for him immediately. Anyway, as someone already told you--try to be patient. He is probably scared and confused because he has no control over his bladder or his actions. I'm sure that he realises that he's a "different dog" himself, but can't stop himself from doing these things. Dogs can't talk and tell you what they're feeling physically, and that is such a shame. I know it must be hard, but hang in there and love him.
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4/27/09 9:16 P

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I have on occasion just shown up at the vet's office with the sick dog, and I have asked them to keep him, and fit him in when the vet can do it that day. Most of the time the vet is willing to do this. That way you don't have to sit for hours waiting, and the vet can check the dog at his convenience. It sounds like your dog is in some kind of distress, which is causing you distress. If your vet won't take the dog this way, call around, and see if there is a vet who will. I hope it turns out to be something that's not serious. But right now it's a really miserable situation for you and the dog.

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I can't believe your vet wouldn't squeeze him in earlier either. Crating him is a great idea. Good luck with the vet and keep us posted.

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With the soiling, is it just urination or are his stools loose too? If the stools are loose I would cook him some plain white rice or scramble him an egg in the microwave, these will be easier on his system (and the rice will help firm up the stool).

I have to say I am shocked your vet wouldn't squeeze you in earlier, since your guy is obviously in distress and acting out of the ordinary.

Has his water consumption gone up? That could be part of the reason for the accidents (maybe side effect from the pills).

I would also suggest crating/penning him up so that your house isn't being wrecked, but also so that he is safe.


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Did the steroids help? If so, it might be as simple as a pinched nerve. What about the meds he's on for the hypo-thyroidism? Could this be a side effect?

I don't know... I'm just grasping at straws here. The soiling in the house and getting into the trash could be just fear or anxiety reactions because he doesn't know what's happening to him. Is he crated or loose when you're not there? If he's not crated already, it might help to confine him somehow to protect both your apartment and him. Do you have a friend or neighbor who could come in and check on him periodically?

Is he eating normally? And when he does poop, is it normal?

Edited by: LMB-ESQ at: 4/27/2009 (20:43)
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4/27/09 8:31 P

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I can't get him in any earlier. My vet is excellent and subsequently very busy. I have already waited over a week and a half for this appointment.

Thank you for your thoughts. I just hope they can give me back my dog, not this strange animal that lives in my apartment....

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Can you get him in any earlier? Two days is a long time to wait. I've never experienced anything like that with any of my dogs, but I would call the vet and tell them it's an emergency.

Good luck... I'll be thinking about you!!

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4/27/09 8:18 P

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I really love him so much, but I am starting to wonder if I'm just not patient enough to actually go through this with him. It's almost as if he needs to be with someone that can give him 24 hour care, which I can't do. Then again, I don't think I would ever trust anyone else to take care of him and treat him right. He's always been sensitive, and I believe he was abused in the past.

Thank you for the encouraging words, and I will see what the vet says. I'll keep everyone posted...By the way, this is his pic..

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Sounds like when my boy (now at the Bridge) was diagnosed with diabetes. Uncontrollable urination, and extreme hunger. Two shots a day - so not bad - not a death sentence. anyway, something to think about when you see your vet.

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Just like people, when animals get sick, they behave differently. My Lab of 16 yrs. did the same thing) The Vet can determine what is going on, in the mean time, hang in there. When my Dad was at the end of his days, he was acting very strange, and doing thing out of character. I NEVER gave up on him, even though at times, it was trying. Our fur babies are the same. Makes it harder when you are the only one taking care of them, but still. He loves you and needs you!
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Please don't give up on him---something is not right...wait until you get him to the vet...

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Obviously there is something going on. The accidents are NOT his fault, please do not scold him for it - he knows it's wrong and feels bad. Hold on for a couple of days until you can get him in to see his vet and they run some tests. In the meantime, can you crate him so at least the accidents are not all over your house? Or put him in only one room like the bathroom? Good luck; keep us posted!!!

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I have a boxer/mastiff mix that has just been diagnosed with hypo-thyroidism and is on medication. Then one day something happened (?) that caused his tail to stop wagging and hang limp, and his back end wasnt working right. I took him to an emergency vet--they had no clue but gave steroids. I have an appointment to take him to my vet in 2 days. In the meantime, he has become a special needs dog and I don't know how much more I can take. He is about 5 yrs old, and was COMPLETELY housebroken. Now he pottys in the house regularly, even right in front of me. He got into the trash today and dragged it throughout my apartment. He has never done these types of things before, and this has been a problem for the last couple of weeks. AAAAAAARRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!
!!! I also have a miniature schnauzer, 2, that is a riot, but I'm almost to the point that I don't want any animals anymore! I'm a full time working single parent, and am so frustrated I want to cry. I love my animals, I truly do, but he is not the same dog I adopted a year and a half ago. Please help...... emoticon

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