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Henley is a bit better, but still rubbing his face. To the point it gets raw. We're trying to keep Vaseline on it. His paws look better. How is Charlie doing?

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Oh, I hear you. I would be crabby too lol.

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I agree. These poor allergy dogs. And yet, Charlie, and probably Henley, is always so easy going. I think I'd get crabby.

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Henley is 10 now, so probably the same for him as well. Our poor babies!

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Charlie usually has to do more than one round of meds. The older he gets, the harder it is to cure him.

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Henley still has a few more pills, but I am wondering if we will have to go another round. Sat. night we had a surprise rain, and again this morning. Thunder and lightening. Cooled things down!

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Are Henley's meds finished?

I managed to feed the dogs this morning. I used the long handled grabber to pick up their dishes and the bags were on a chair so I could reach. Then I used the grabber to put the dishes down again. Now I can avoid those looks like I'm the worst owner ever.

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Henley is still a bit itchy. If it keeps up, I will take him back.

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Poor Munchie. I hope he heals quickly. Did Henley's problems resolve?

Charlie walked yesterday, and Molly too of course. I definitely appreciate my neighbor. She wants to lose weight so she seems happy to walk.

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That's nice of your neighbor to walk Molly. Charlie makes me laugh. Munchie developed a rash, so he is on a antihistamine, plus a ointment for the itchy area. he has never had that problem before. I really think the extra humidity we have had this year has something to do with it. In a couple of weeks we are getting his teeth cleaned. They are over due for cleaning.

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Me too. Molly had a nice walk with the neighbor yesterday but Charlie refused to go. Hopefully he'll change his mind one of these days.

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Glad you are back! emoticon

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Thank you Jeanne. It'll be a long recovery but the worst is over.

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I was told Janet had her surgery. Keep her in your thoughts and prayers!

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I agree. They could just hang with each other.

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I know Charlie and Henley would be friends if they met. They sound so much alike!

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I don't know if I bike hard enough to burn good calories but I do burn some. I find the bike relaxing and think that's why it helps with pain relief. At least sometimes.

Good luck with the Tamoxifen. I hope it works well for you.

Charlie chose not to walk today. Yesterday he wanted to walk further and I indulged him so today he's lazy. LOL

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That's nice you got in some short walks. Glad the bike is helping. It burns good calories too. At least Tues. isn't too far off. I will be praying the Doctor can find a solution so you can start feeling better again.

I saw the Doctor today, here in town, at the Cancer Center. He is going to start me on Tamoxifen as a follow up treatment. Hopefully I won't have any side effects from it. I need to get blood work done, then see him again next month.







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Thanks Jeanne. I feel better today. I walked the dogs the bare minimum the last few days and that seemed to help. I can still ride the stationary bike. In fact, that often helps with pain relief.

The MRI was yesterday. I got called back for some extra views but didn't get to see the neurosurgeon. He was called to the hospital. I am scheduled to see him on Tuesday and he should have a good opportunity to carefully review the results. I'm glad for that even though it extends the wait.

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Oh sweetie. I'm so sorry. I do agree, I think you should stay off your feet for the most part. See what they say about the MRI, and go from there. I also think there is hope around the corner, but I completely understand how you feel. The not knowing can be frustrating. Maybe you can do chair exercises in the mean time. emoticon

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I hope Henley is all better soon.

I am feeling worse today. It's been harder to move. I just feel like I am walking on rubbery legs. Plus my left ankle is hurting. I'm also feeling a bit sad. It is nearly 6 months since this began and I have no idea what is wrong with me. The nurse I saw today kept talking about hope but I don't feel I have any. I can barely garden, walking the dogs is hard and I couldn't work at the dog show this weekend. So I am wondering if I should just give my favorite things up or continue to believe I'll be able to do them someday again and run the risk of being even more hurt later on. Not a very happy day.

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That's good news. I hope his allergies don't bother him as much for the rest of the year.
Henley still has some fungus left, but hasn't been taking his meds for long. Not sure if we will have to treat his feet for a long period of time. I hope not for his sake. How are you feeling? I think of you every day.

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Charlie finished his antibiotics today and his feet look fabulous!!

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Poor Henley. Poor Jeanne too. It's hard to care for these dogs with allergies. Charlie tolerates his showers. Not his favorite either though. Give Henley a tummy rub from me.

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Henley's allergies are really bad this summer. His back paws have fungus on the largest pad. Thank goodness, not every pad on his feet. This has never happened before. He has been licking himself like crazy, and put a bald spot on his tail. Therefore, we had to take him to the Vet. The Vet adores Henley, and normally he loves going to the vet. But he came home so upset. They shaved a tiny spot in his tail where he had been licking. That way we can keep the area clean. He has 2 different types of meds to take on top of his allergy pills. And a medicated shampoo. He gets a bath tomorrow, then once a week for a month. He puts up with a bath, but not his favorite.

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I'm glad the Doctor want a MRI. I agree, better to know exactly what is going on.

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Things are going fairly good here. I met with the neurosurgeon this week and he doesn't think all of my symptoms match the diagnosis so I am having a MRI of the thoracic spine in a couple of weeks. I appreciate his wanting to know for sure what's what before going ahead with a surgery.

Charlie has been well. He's on another 2 weeks of antibiotics for those feet but they are improving.

The weather here has been fabulous. Seventies, low humidity and occasionally it rains. I think it's perfect.

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How has everyone's week been? Good at my end. Still hot, but not as hot as we were. Thank you Lord!

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Glad Charlie is feeling better. Henley's nose looks better.

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The vet suggested I only walk Charlie 10-15 minutes and he has embraced that idea fully. All we do is walk around the block and he leads the way. Makes me laugh.

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Charlie's feet are much improved. Now he's choosing to come for a walk again.

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That snotty nose of Charlie's cleared up pretty fast. I was supposed to take a wet q-tip and swish it but not put it too far in. Charlie sure did hate that so I'm glad things are looking good. I hate to bug him too much but I seem to do it a lot. Poor guy. I hope Henley doesn't ever have a sinus infection.


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Charlie sure has had his woes, poor guy. I have never had a dog with a sinus infection, but I wouldn't put it past Henley to get one since he has allergies.

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Hello!! I see Henley is the team mascot. Handsome Henley!!

I decided to take Charlie to the vet for his foot after all. It was looking rather swollen on Monday. Plus, he had some gunk coming out his nose. Sinus infection apparently. So he's on antibiotics for awhile again.

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It's been hot here too. Thankfully, we are under 100 today. Last night I noticed the air was cooler. We are supposed to be 103 by Sunday. Hope they are wrong hehe. Charlies is smart, and a love bug!

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Charlie's foot seems to be coming along nicely. He isn't walking which probably helps. Just too darn hot for him I think. When he last went, he wouldn't listen to me to stop unless or until he could do so in the shade. He is one smart cookie, that's for sure.

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He did get the cooler fixed. Thank goodness lol. Hope soaking Charlie's food does the trick!

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Thanks Whippetwalker. I will check with my vet. Right now Charlie seems to be working on an infection on his back right foot. I'm going to try soaking it this weekend and see if I can prevent it from getting to the point we have to go to the vet. I'm fairly sure it started with that foot drag sore so that stuff you mentioned would be perfect.

Jeanne, I totally understand your thoughts about Alice. I tell my dogs that when the time comes, I will do right by them but it is always a difficult decision. Hope Dennis got the cooler up and running. That seems odd to me today as we are at a cool 55 this morning. Rumor has it we'll get to 75 today. Hard to believe when I went out this morning.

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Thanks Janet. Letting Alice go was hard, but best for her. She sure had a good life though.
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My thoughts are with you and Alice. I am glad that she is hanging in. I hope that she is doing better.

Charlie is the other one that I am thinking about.
Java had some more surgery on his shoulder to fix up the area where they removed his left front leg. He runs around at top speed and occasionally crashes in to the turf. This resulted in damage to the skin and tissue. Big swollen mess. The surgery removed some bones that were digging into the skin and an area of damaged skin to the tune of 38 staples. Yes, he was very Frankenstein's monster. Much better now. The vet Rx ed Derma Gel Spray to apply to the skin that was sutured. to help recovery. . Whippet skin is thin and can tear easily. Because it is a spray it was easy to apply to the area (stitches) and seemed to help. Package blurb " Supports the natural defences of the skin , acts as a bandage, and is non-toxic if licked." If this sounds like something that would help Charlie you can check it out. www.vetoquinol.ca Canadian company in Quebec. Your vet may know of this product. Please let me know if you want any more information.

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Thinking of you and Dennis today, Jeanne.

All is well here, or at least as well as can be expected.

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Alice is hanging in there. She ate most of her food last night, and a bit of chicken this morning, but she is walking very slow. Mostly sleeping. We are taking it day by day.

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How is Alice doing? Has she been eating better? I hope that she is well. I think about older dogs when it is so hot outside. Sounds like it is very hot where you live. We live in Toronto, Canada and the heat waves really slow us down. My old guys would often go off their food during a heat wave. I made special tempting food, only for them to eat a few bites and then stop. As long as they were drinking water and peeing and pooping they were good . They were not active and liked to lounge around the AC. When it cooled down, eating resumed. I wish they could tell us what is going on. Wouldn't that be nice?!

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Glad the bleeding stopped.

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I bet the heat doesn't help. Poor Alice.

Charlie's feet seem okay now. He hasn't bled anymore though I can see the sore. I'd like to put something like Bacitracin on it but I think he'd just lick it off.

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How is Charlie's foot tonight? Poor guy. He sure has had problems with his feet.
Alice ate most of her food tonight, but still seems depressed. It is very hot here which I sure doesn't help any. Even with our cooler going. After I got home, I walked into the front room, and oh warm!. I turned on the portable cooler. That has helped. We just have to keep a eye on our poor girl.

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I never thought of using that stop-bleeding stuff. I even have some of that in the cupboard. Charlie didn't walk yesterday so that seems to have helped that sore scab over.

Does Alice seem in any distress? I'm hoping and praying all is well or at least not serious when her test results are all in. Hope she goes #2 soon. I would think that canned food might make it less likely -- not enough bulk.

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I have never had that problem (knock on wood) I know there is a medicated power to stop bleeding, if it is still bleeding. I can't remember the name though. The Vet should know.

Alice Kidney's are a bit off. The rest of the blood work isn't back yet. They took a X-ray on her stomach/colon, but we won't know the results of that until tomorrow. She was a bit dehydrated today, so they gave her a shot of water under her skin. More canned dog food for a soft diet. To our knowledge she still hasn't done her #2. That's what I am worried about. I'm hoping she will go soon. Sure hope she doesn't have a blockage, or a tumor we can't see. We should know more tomorrow. Oh, and we brought home pills to encourage her appetite. She's eating right now, so that is good.

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I'm glad to hear Alice ate. Do you hear from the vet today, Jeanne?

Molly slept in her bed last night. First time since the fireworks began around here. She seems to be feeling much better now. I'm a bit surprised because the city's fireworks were loud last night but I'm just happy she's feeling better.

I found blood on the bedroom carpet this morning. I knew it was the spot I had just seen Charlie sitting. I gave his feet a quick check and didn't see anything. Worried it was coming from somewhere else, I went out and picked up a poop I'd just seen him do and checked that for blood. Whew!! None there. Then when I fed the two, I noticed a sore on Charlie's back foot by his outside nail. I know that's from dragging his feet. Any ideas to heal it?

I just watered my garden and now it is raining. LOL I'll take it though as we have been dry for several days now. Of course that was after we'd been drenched for a couple of weeks.

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Hope your 4th was great. Alice ate tonight. Hope we can find out what her problem is.

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Happy 4th! I hope Alice is feeling better.

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I hope it's not something serious!!

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We had Alice at the Vet today. She has been eating very sporadic. They did a senior panel blood work. They ruled out Pancreatitis while we were there. We won't get the results on the other until Wed. They want us to keep Alice on a bland diet, and they sent home a special canned diet. She did eat half of the can tonight, but won't take a treat. So still picky. She is drinking enough water, so that is good. Her stomach is a bit tender. Her heart and lungs sounded good. So they are testing for liver or kidney problems. Or it just could be her innards are upset for some reason. That has happened with her 2 yrs. ago, and we never knew why.
The Vet couldn't figure it out either. Like you have said before, always something. Our poor dogs!
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Molly spent the night on edge. DH did take her outside a couple of times but she barely stepped outside. I'd rather he not take her out for fear she'd run but she seems to handle her fear by wanting to be inside. I'm glad for that. I hope "they" get it out of their system by tomorrow and we can rest easy once again.

Charlie has sores on his feet again but I think they are scrapes. I see he is dragging those back feet quite a bit. I'm sure that's from his back troubles and I can identify now.

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They started early here too.

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I wish you the best!!

It's the scary days right now for Miss Molly. Booms and bangs she doesn't understand and they started early for the 4th this year. She is laying at my feet right now on high alert. Poor thing. Charlie was never much bothered and now that he is losing his hearing, he really isn't bothered. The cat doesn't seem to worry about anything.

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It's been a while since I have been here. I am having medical treatment until the middle of this month. After that I will be around more!

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Sad to see you in that much pain. What exactly will they do to correct your pain? I'm sure the dogs sense something is going on. They are always in tune with their owners.
Poor Molly. She is having a tough time too. How long does the treatment last?







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Hi Janet, I am sorry to hear that you may need back surgery. Hopefully everything goes well and you have a speedy recovery. The nice thing about dogs is that will stick by you when you are recovering. After my knee replacement surgery we watched a lot of animal planet! Having someone to walk them is a relief . I hope you are well.

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I think when a person starts hurting enough, surgery isn't such an awful thought anymore. I was thinking today that at Easter I was able to stand without difficulty and could walk but I needed to be careful about carrying anything heavy or cumbersome. Now, I can't manage to stand long enough to prepare a meal. Walking is difficult but I am still managing to walk the dogs fairly well. I think I use the leashes to help me stabilize. I wonder if I'm sending odd messages down the leash sometimes. Well, the dogs at least know me and probably just look to see if all's well and move on.

Molly got her mid cycle dewormer on Thursday for that raccoon disease. She had diarrhea for two days, two mixed with blood, but all was well today. She's been her usual self but I think the dewormer just did a number on her gastro tract.

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Oh no Janet. I hope you heal quickly. I'm glad you found someone to walk your dogs.
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