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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Chloe Update


Hey, All.

I've taken the last week or so off from blogging (and pretty much everything else) as Chloe's health has taken a bit of a downturn.

Back around Labour Day she started to have accidents in the house nearly every day and was drinking water non-stop. We headed to the vet for some tests and they determined it was a UTI. A round of antibiotics and she seemed to improve. But she was still thirsty all of the time. And she was constantly looking for food, to the point where she would snap it out of your hand when it was offered. This was completely unlike her - she's never been particularly food-motivated, even when she was a puppy.


We continued with tests at the vet. The incontinence came back - not as bad as before, but still a problem, so we ordered some doggy diapers. (They're totally adorable, by the way.) The blood tests led to a possible diagnosis of Cushing's Disease.


Cushing’s Disease in dogs develops when their body overproduces cortisol. Problems can be because of a tumor on the pituitary gland OR on the adrenal gland. Usually an ultrasound is used to determine where the tumor is. This is necessary to decide treatment - different types of Cushing's Disease respond to different medications. Regardless of the result, we weren't going to pursue surgery due to her age. Untreated, Cushing's isn't going to shorten her life - the correct medication would just make her life more comfortable.


But then last week she started to wobble and lose her balance, and she kept laying down outside when we took her out to pee. So it was back to the vet for an ultrasound on her belly, where they found a mass on her spleen. Masses have a tendency to bleed, and when it bleeds her stomach swells, and then the loss of blood makes her weak. The vet said that there was nothing to be done as she knew how we felt about Chloe having to undergo surgery.


So we prepared to say goodbye. We cancelled her Cushing's ultrasound and made an appointment to have her put down. We want to bury her here on our property, so we picked a pretty spot in a grove of trees and built a casket.

And then you know what happened? The old girl rebounded! She got her strength back. She started walking down the stairs by herself and wandering all over our property. We were letting her eat laying down in the living room, and after a couple of days she got up and pushed Zac out of the way so that she could eat standing in her usual spot. What the heck! Who is this dog?


So we cancelled the vet appointment. It's been over a week and she is doing great. She's still thirsty and hungry, but she has barely had an accident, and she goes outside on her own. And her stomach doesn't feel hard and swollen anymore.

It's been such an emotional rollercoaster. But after feeling like crawling into bed and not coming out, we're looking forward to a little more time with her (and all the dogs together). At least until spring, okay, old girl?

I just asked Chloe how I should finish this post and she farted. Classy to the end.


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