i know this is not directly related to fms, but some of you have been so kind to comment about Mr. Murphy's health today ... so I thought I would explain a bit. It's bad enough that we are in a blizzard and I hurt everywhere ... but this is surely going to put my FMS right over the edge!!!!!!!!!
I did call the vet, she thinks he is anemic, but not due to heartworms. thinks it may be something called hemangiosarcoma. it's apparently common in big dog breeds (he's a st bernard) and happens quickly ... they go from 'fine' to 'gone' in 6-8 weeks if that is what it is. if it is, there is nothing to do but keep him warm and comfortable. we are in the middle of a horrendous blizzard ... it is too dangerous to drive him to the vet's office. she suggested that we keep him calm and warm, snuggle him and love him up, and give him some dog vitamins with iron and "B12".
she said she would come in to the office any time over the weekend if he gets any worse and we think we can drive.
she offered to let me bring him and fill out an application for something called 'care credit', which would give us 3 months to pay the bill with no interest. but she agreed that no matter how much we love this dog and want him safe and healthy, the roads are too dangerous and it's not worth risking the lives of people to get him back there to their office right now.
he's been laying on a chair all day, looking at me with sad eyes. He's panting, his gums are white, he's grumpy, he has been growling at the other dogs, and he keeps making this barfy cough sound. He's fainted twice in a few days ... it's like he gets all stiff and just falls over then gets right back up. The first time, I honestly thought he just fell on the ice, but the second time it was more obvious. She said that was likely 'syncopy' ... not enough oxygen in his body and when he exerts too much energy he passes out for a moment .. then O2 levels go back up and he's back on his feet.
i love him .... and i am hating this d#$n snow more than EVER today. But we're trying to have a positive attitude and just be cheerful and calm around him.