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Bruising or blood clot? Post op 5 weeks
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20 March 2021 - 5:01 pm
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I wanted to post an update. 

we’re on about a week and a half roller coaster of good and bad days with the majority of the days being bad. 

starting on the 10th when I posted about him being lethargic, the very next day he coughed up a blood clot. 

Unfortunately I think my best friend is in end stage way before I was prepared for. When the docs told me 3-6 months, I hung onto 6 months as the number with hopes of a miracle for longer than that. 

The days following the coughed up blood clot he has started to cough a lot more. He’s retaining any fluids though. He saw how upset I was with the first one and it’s almost like he’s trying to hide whatever is coming up by immediately swallowing it. 

The worst moment we experienced was right after he pooped, after begging him to go outside, he laid down just steps from it. I thought that was it. I cried the entire night and resolved to take him in the morning after calling the doctors. But he rebounded and we had a good day. He wasn’t as active and is sleeping a lot. But he played with toys, and got excited and was alert. He ate his food, loved getting treats etc. I was initially thinking maybe he just didn’t feel good. It was a fluke. Don’t get too upset. Etc etc. 

so I didn’t make the appointment. 

since then it hasn’t been as bad as that night , but it has not been good. 

his breathing is labored. His eyes and nose seem to constantly leak. And he’s coughing so much more. 

it’s really hard to get him outside. He has no interest in it. I have to bribe him with treats. Once we’re out there he seems fine. Walks about , does his thing. Today we even played a bit and he ran a couple times with our other dog. But tired really quickly. 

But he also started to not be interested in his food. This started the same time as the blood clot. So we’re on 10 days if that. 
he eventually eats it if I hand feed him some pieces and get him interested, but otherwise he doesn’t get up to eat if I don’t do that. 
that’s not my dog. He has lived to eat his whole life. So when that started happening it really sank in. 

so all in all we’re 2 months to the day that we found out he had cancer. 

One more week to go for it to be 2 months since his amputation. 

it all just seems too soon. 

im not sure that he’ll make it another week. 

im not sure if I should make the decision or not yet. 

this is so heartbreaking. 

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20 March 2021 - 7:52 pm
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I’m so sorry, I know this is distressing to say the least. I would be a mess. But, have you taken him to the vet to get a clear picture of what’s going on? Just wondering. Sometimes what we think is the worst is not as bad as we think. I hope with all my heart that’s the case with your guy. 

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20 March 2021 - 8:53 pm
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Okay…deep breaths….

I for now Im jist pi g to ditto Jerry……..have you had him assessed by a Vet since your earlier post about a week of so avo…or .even now for that matter? 

If this is respiratory, or mets.or whatever……it needs to be identified be cause there are things that can be done to bring more comfort and more “good” qua time for your ha dsome Juno.

Your Vet can prescribe a cough medicine.    He might prescribe Pred.  That can help with inflammation, as well as help with appetite.

So if it’s feasible stall see of a Vet can help assess where you are eight now and ehat can be done to help alle some of the symptoms  he’s having.

We are here with you, okay?  We’re sending  love and clarity and a knowing your love for Juno will guide you💖

With love

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

 

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Ya we’ve been to the vet. Right after the blood sputum. They said he’s experiencing symptoms of hemangiosarcoma bleeds, his gums were pale at the time. 

our recommendation was lots of love. And he’s back on pain meds to make him more comfortable. 

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I’m so very sorry. icon_cry You’ve done everything humanly possible, this is such an aggressive, awful cancer. It’s good that he’s on the pain meds, right now it’s all about comfort and his quality of life. It’s a moment to moment thing, where you are constantly reassessing what good days and bad days look like. I hope with all my heart you have more good days ahead. 

I wish I could give you a giant (((((hug)))). This is such a heartbreaker. Please let us know how we can help you stay strong around Juno OK? There will be time for tears later, but right now, it’s cheeseburger city if he will eat one (I hope so). Keep us posted, we are thinking you and sending lots of sp_hearticon2

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21 March 2021 - 4:22 pm
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I know it’s not what you want to hear, but at least you now know what’s  going on.  Lots of love and pain meds will bring you both some comfort. 

I can only ditto everything  Jerry said.  We do hope yoi can feel our love and hope you can feel the strength we are sending  you.  Your love will carry yoj through  these treasured  times you are having together.   And you are together  now and that’s  all  that matters 

(((((((((((((((((((HUGS)))))))))))))

Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie 

PS.  Hoping maybe a little scoop of ice cream will garner a tail wag.

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I just wanted to update on Juno. He passed away on March 23rd.
The cancer took him hard and fast. He started coughing almost consistently. He couldn’t breathe well, especially at night.
In his last days with us his walking was weak and staggered and he laid down a lot.

I’m devastated and don’t want to go into further detail. We were told 3-6 months and got less than 2 months. I am incredibly thankful that we had the additional time with him and were able to say goodbye and make sure he was pain free in his last days.

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Love is always tragic to part with, in the shared day-to-day journey… I offer you this blessing and prayer in your sadness…

May you find many moments where you see Juno’s everlasting pawprint in your life.

May the day come soon when the stories you tell of Juno are rife with laughter and audacity, inventing legendary heights to the fame that was this magical companion sent to grace your life.

May you see the flash of Juno’s furry coat out the corner of your eyes, watching over you for all the rest of your days.

May you feel the peace Juno has now.

Hugs,

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7 April 2021 - 5:07 pm
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Oh no, I’m so sorry. You guys did so much for sweet Juno, and I hope that some day you can find comfort in knowing that you gave him 110% of your heart and soul. I’m certain he knew that he was treasured up until the end, and transitioned in peace because of the love that you shared. Together, you made this world a better place, and this community is richer because of you too.

I know it wasn’t easy coming back to let us know, and we are so grateful you did. If you’re willing, please let us support you as you heal. You don’t have to share any more than you are comfortable with. Just know in your heart that we support you during this awful time. We grieve together, you are not alone. (((hugs))))

Run free Juno, and watch over our heroes. Some day you will be together again with your amazing people.

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7 April 2021 - 5:08 pm
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tsuki said
Love is always tragic to part with, in the shared day-to-day journey… I offer you this blessing and prayer in your sadness…

Vic, the blessing is so beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

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This is very beautiful. Tears were shed. Thank you so much for the love and support. sp_hearticon2

tsuki said
Love is always tragic to part with, in the shared day-to-day journey… I offer you this blessing and prayer in your sadness…

May you find many moments where you see Juno’s everlasting pawprint in your life.

May the day come soon when the stories you tell of Juno are rife with laughter and audacity, inventing legendary heights to the fame that was this magical companion sent to grace your life.

May you see the flash of Juno’s furry coat out the corner of your eyes, watching over you for all the rest of your days.

May you feel the peace Juno has now.

Hugs,

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8 April 2021 - 10:46 am
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Thank you Jerry. The grieving has been hard, however I know he is free and happy now. sp_hearticon2

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Oh no, I’m so sorry. You guys did so much for sweet Juno, and I hope that some day you can find comfort in knowing that you gave him 110% of your heart and soul. I’m certain he knew that he was treasured up until the end, and transitioned in peace because of the love that you shared. Together, you made this world a better place, and this community is richer because of you too.

I know it wasn’t easy coming back to let us know, and we are so grateful you did. If you’re willing, please let us support you as you heal. You don’t have to share any more than you are comfortable with. Just know in your heart that we support you during this awful time. We grieve together, you are not alone. (((hugs))))

Run free Juno, and watch over our heroes. Some day you will be together again with your amazing people.

  

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