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*Sad Update* Ernie is gone. : (
« on: April 23, 2007, 10:51:52 AM »
Ernie went to the vet today because he was lethargic and had blood in his urine. The vet did an exam, urinalysis and an ultrasound. She found a small tumor in his bladder. He's on Baytril because the urinalysis showed infection in his urine and Metacam for pain. Eventually it will grow to the point that he can't pee at all. We have no idea how long that will be. Anyone have any suggestions on what to watch for or how to keep him more comfortable?
« Last Edit: May 10, 2007, 12:36:39 PM by Arlene »
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Re: Ernie has a tumor on his bladder.
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2007, 11:02:34 AM »
I'm so sorry, Arlene.  I have no idea what to tell you, except that the Metacam and Baytril sound like good ideas.  Would an operation be at all feasible, or is the tumor actually attached to the wall of the bladder?
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Re: Ernie has a tumor on his bladder.
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2007, 11:15:49 AM »
Thanks Kendra. The tumor is attached to the wall down by the opening going to the urethra. It's not operable.
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Re: Ernie has a tumor on his bladder.
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2007, 01:27:24 PM »
Oh Arlene, I was really hoping it was a UTI.  :(  Poor Ernie.    :(

Your vet didn't give you any idea on what to expect?

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Re: Ernie has a tumor on his bladder.
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2007, 03:00:13 PM »
She didn't give me any ideas about what to expect except to say that eventually he wouldn't be able to pee anymore and she said that we will really have to watch his quality of life. He's worrying me already about that since he isn't eating much and doesn't want to play, just hide in the dome under the blankets. I took them both out for a little bit so I could clean their cage. They are still both in the floor but just lying there on a blanket. At least it is a change of scenery. I'm hoping that the meds will make him feel better. If they don't, I don't know. I don't want him to be miserable though. I'm too overwhelmed to think about that right now.

Mercy is still attached to him at the hip. She won't even leave his side to eat. I have to put the food  right in front of her and him so she doesn't have to move away from him and then she will eat. <long sigh> She's going to be so lost without him!
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Re: Ernie has a tumor on his bladder.
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2007, 03:28:02 PM »
An infection can make them feel so rotten, and you are treating that.  I am hopeful that he will bounce back for awhile, and maybe sweet caring Mercy will come to accept whats going on.
Is he still peeing okay at this point? 

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Re: Ernie has a tumor on his bladder. **SAD UPDATE** Ernie's gone
« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2007, 12:18:08 PM »
Ernie hasn't been doing well so I took him in today to be rechecked. He wasn't eating, his eyes looked dull and  when I examined his penis area I saw what looked like to me some infection. He had lost another 150 grams since he was at the vet's 2 weeks ago. He was obviously miserable. Dr.Guth turned him over to examine him and pulled back his foreskin to expose his penis we realized why he was so miserable. He wasn't blocked but all this nasty green smelly infection came out. She and I talked a long time. We could either let him suffer for a few more days with an infection that was getting continuously worse even though he was on antibiotics, meanwhile trying another antibiotic that probably wouldn't help either, or we could release him from his pain and suffering today. I chose to let him go.

I brought him home and put him in the cage for Mercy to say goodbye. She sniffed at his face and ran away. I tried to get her to come back but she would have no part of it. She either already knew he was gone or didn't want to face it. In any case, they were very bonded and I am concerned about her grieving too hard.

I hope this makes sense. I thought some of you would want to know that Ernie is gone.
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Re: *Sad Update* Ernie is gone. : (
« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2007, 12:43:04 PM »
Arlene I'm so sorry for your loss!   :'(
Big hug from me and my furs.   :heart:  Please give Mercy a kiss from Aunt Patricia. :color:
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Re: *Sad Update* Ernie is gone. : (
« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2007, 12:56:23 PM »
I'm so sorry, Arlene.  *hugs*  It's hard when we can't do anything else for them but let them go, but it's a great gift we can give when they're suffering.  Give Mercy gently scritches from me.

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Re: *Sad Update* Ernie is gone. : (
« Reply #9 on: May 10, 2007, 02:21:40 PM »
I'm so sorry for your loss.

Play hard, Ernie, watch over momma and Mercy.  :cookie:
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Re: *Sad Update* Ernie is gone. : (
« Reply #10 on: May 10, 2007, 02:32:19 PM »
Arlene, I'm so sorry.  Big hugs to you and gentle lovins for Mercy.

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Re: *Sad Update* Ernie is gone. : (
« Reply #11 on: May 10, 2007, 02:32:57 PM »
Oh no Arlene. I'm so sorry for your loss. :heart:

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« Reply #12 on: May 10, 2007, 02:33:41 PM »
Oh, I'm so sorry to hear about Ernie. (((hugs)))
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Re: *Sad Update* Ernie is gone. : (
« Reply #13 on: May 10, 2007, 02:35:13 PM »
Very sorry to hear about Ernie.  Play hard at the bridge sweet man.
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Re: *Sad Update* Ernie is gone. : (
« Reply #14 on: May 10, 2007, 05:27:35 PM »
I am so sorry my friend== hugs

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Re: *Sad Update* Ernie is gone. : (
« Reply #15 on: May 10, 2007, 05:53:21 PM »
I am sorry to hear about your loss. :'(
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Re: *Sad Update* Ernie is gone. : (
« Reply #16 on: May 10, 2007, 06:40:08 PM »
((hugs)))

I looked for you on IM, but you weren't there. I am thinking of you tonight.  :'(

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Re: *Sad Update* Ernie is gone. : (
« Reply #17 on: May 10, 2007, 06:43:41 PM »
Arlene, I am very sorry. I hope Mercy will be ok. I lost Emily today too and I am so sad for my girls and myself. You did the right thing. ::hugs::
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Re: *Sad Update* Ernie is gone. : (
« Reply #18 on: May 10, 2007, 08:24:39 PM »
*hugs*  I'm so so sorry about Ernie.  :'(
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Re: *Sad Update* Ernie is gone. : (
« Reply #19 on: May 11, 2007, 02:20:14 PM »
I am so sorry Arlene about Ernie.  :'( You did the right thing letting him go. Big hugs to you (((((((((((( Arlene ))))))))))))

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Re: *Sad Update* Ernie is gone. : (
« Reply #20 on: May 11, 2007, 05:09:12 PM »
Sorry for your loss.  Ernie will be alive in your memories!

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Re: *Sad Update* Ernie is gone. : (
« Reply #21 on: May 11, 2007, 05:37:44 PM »
Oh Arlene, I'm so very sorry (((HUGS))) His poor little body sounds like it had had enough. I hope you, Mercy and everyone feel less sad soon (((HUGS)))
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« Reply #22 on: May 11, 2007, 08:22:37 PM »
Arlene, I am so sorry to hear about Ernie.  :'(  He and you fought hard. His little body could take no more and he needed to rest.

Rest well Ernie and visit your mom often.  :heart:
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Re: *Sad Update* Ernie is gone. : (
« Reply #23 on: May 14, 2007, 02:51:32 AM »
I'm so sorry that Ernie has crossed to the bridge  :'(  Play well and absolutely 'mark' everywhere little man  :heart:  I hope yours and Mercy's hearts heals soon.  :heart: