An update on Jake
I had to take Jake to the vet again yesterday, he hasn`t been eating very well for the last couple of weeks but the last few days he has hardly touched a thing. He has also lost weight and is in pain when he wakes up in the morning, a sure sign that the painkillers aren`t working for as long anymore. Our usual vet wasn`t there so I had to see a new one but she was really nice and very thorough. It seems Jake has a high temperature and its “possible” he has an infection and antbiotics were prescribed along with an injection. His arthritic hip is really bad too and not helping matters.
Apparently cancer compromises the immune system and now poor Jake is going to be prone to lots of things. On the other hand, he might not have an infection and it might be that the tumour is growing inwards towards his throat or, even worse, the primary tumour is sending out goodness knows what to goodness knows where. I can hardly bear to think about it. As for the painkillers I`m to continue giving him his usual dose for now.
Anyway, he will be seen again on Saturday to see if the antibiotics are working. If not steroids were mentioned but I didn`t really take it all in. He has been eating better today with the help of some tuna added to his usual food. I`m not feeding him twice a day as usual but giving him little and often. It seems to be doing the trick at least for the time being. Also he can only have 20 minutes walk a day at the maximum which for Jake when he was well would have been unheard of. More like an hour running at speed through the woods nearby, chasing squirrels and looking for muntjak deer.
I`ve just looked out of the window and its absolutely pouring with rain and the wind is getting up too. I just hope tomorrow morning is better because the husband is going to clear the leaves away. One of my flowerbeds is completed covered. I`ve already filled three sacks for leaf mould and there is a huge amount left. And thats from just the one tree!
Bye for now. :o)
- 12 Nov, 2009
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