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26-02-2018, 04:55 PM
RE: Darwin is dying
It's been a good day. On Friday we didn't expect him to survive the weekend, but courtesy of the healing power of salmon and raw beef liver Darwin has made a rebound. He isn't 100% but he is better. We know that this won't last long, but it may give us the chance for a last good walk in the woods.

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26-02-2018, 05:08 PM
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That's great! I suggest you stay upwind on that walk Big Grin
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26-02-2018, 06:21 PM
RE: Darwin is dying
Take lots of photos.

Feed him everything he likes and lots of it!

My heart goes out to you.

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27-02-2018, 05:36 PM
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More good news. Follow-up blood work shows juvenile red blood cells, which suggests that the anemia is responsive rather than regenerative. If there's internal bleeding from the tumour and you run the blood tests too soon then the bone marrow hasn't had time to release new red blood cells. Those are showing up now, so it looks like the problem isn't the bone marrow.

The tumour appears to be attached to his spleen. On the down side, that rules out a biopsy, because spleen tumours have an ugly habit of bleeding. On the up side, puppy can live without his spleen. We're now looking at surgical options that have a ~50% chance of giving him a few more years of normal life.

(26-02-2018 05:08 PM)skyking Wrote:  That's great! I suggest you stay upwind on that walk Big Grin

This one we already know. Even when healthy I can't blame my farts on him. I can't make a smell that horrific.

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27-02-2018, 07:09 PM
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(27-02-2018 05:36 PM)Paleophyte Wrote:  More good news. Follow-up blood work shows juvenile red blood cells, which suggests that the anemia is responsive rather than regenerative. If there's internal bleeding from the tumour and you run the blood tests too soon then the bone marrow hasn't had time to release new red blood cells. Those are showing up now, so it looks like the problem isn't the bone marrow.

The tumour appears to be attached to his spleen. On the down side, that rules out a biopsy, because spleen tumours have an ugly habit of bleeding. On the up side, puppy can live without his spleen. We're now looking at surgical options that have a ~50% chance of giving him a few more years of normal life.

(26-02-2018 05:08 PM)skyking Wrote:  That's great! I suggest you stay upwind on that walk Big Grin

This one we already know. Even when healthy I can't blame my farts on him. I can't make a smell that horrific.

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27-02-2018, 11:59 PM
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Yay for Darwin! Hug

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01-03-2018, 04:24 PM
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Darwin is out of surgery and awake. The vet says that it went very well all things considered. No obvious signs of metastases and no transfusion necessary. He was 57 pounds when we checked him in this morning and they weighed his spleen at just over 5 pounds, most of it tumour!

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01-03-2018, 05:24 PM
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(01-03-2018 04:24 PM)Paleophyte Wrote:  Darwin is out of surgery and awake. The vet says that it went very well all things considered. No obvious signs of metastases and no transfusion necessary. He was 57 pounds when we checked him in this morning and they weighed his spleen at just over 5 pounds, most of it tumour!

I hope he has a speedy recovery!!

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