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Unfortunately it has not been a good night . Over the past week Tia has been stumbling, walking slowly on outings, battling a bout of diarrhea, has been off her food, we have been seeing an increase in seizure activity and last night she become depressed, listless and cool with shallow breaths (which is most unlike her). I have since learned that they are all signs of an internal bleed. I seriously thought that we were going to lose her there and then.

After a terrible nights sleep for me this morning she is acting as if none of this ever happened. I was greeted with a high panting head lift and a swishing tail. I have never been so happy to see her feel so hot.

I have read that these dogs can rally but I cannot work out how long they can keep this up for. Does anyone have any idea??

It will be extremely hot here today so who knows what today will bring.

Thanks again for your touching and generous well wishes.

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post #112 of 334 (permalink) Old 11-28-2012, 02:48 PM
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sad to hear you had a bad night Tia, she certainly is a fighter. Thinking of you Tia and you

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Doug, just make sure to keep a close eye on her gums. With Fozzie, they turned a pale grey, and then he was gone.. If they aren't pink like they are supposed to be, get her to the vet. I'm so glad Tia is feeling better this morning, and extremely jealous that it is summer there. We are contending with temps in the 20s in the morning.
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Sorry that Tia had a bad night. We know exactly what you must be going through, before we lost Daisy she was able to come home for about 12 days and it was so hard watching her decline. It sounds like Tia is fighting hard and glad to hear that she was a little brighter this morning.

All I can say is just try and take it a day at a time. Goldens really are fighters! We are thinking of you and your beautiful little girl.






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Oh, I am sorry to hear that Tia did not feel well. I hope she has a much better night ahead.
Like fozzies mom said, keep an eye on her gum color, white or grey gums warrant a speedy trip to the Emergency vet.
You can check gum color by pushing on the gums and count how fast before the gums turn a pink color again, if it is more than 2 seconds, it is something to worry about.

Keeping Tia in my thoughts and hoping for the best for your girl and you!
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Thanks guys To our relief Tia is still bright and very much alert this afternoon
However she is still staggering(which could be heat/seizure/cancer related) and has diarrhea

I got the impression that there is not much a vet can do once she starts to bleed out given her age with her cancer. My research tell me that even if a vet could help it is only a very short and invasive temporary measure. As hard as it is given her age drifting off when it is her time at home may be the kindest way to go since it is not a painful cancer. ...Not that we are at all in any way shape or form ready for that so after we suspected a bleed we gave her the Yunnan paiyao insurance pill which is probably why she is still with us. We checked her gums which were pale pink. We did not wait for them to turn white before we took action.

Tia is a real trooper and is not letting this stop her from what she wants to do. Tia has a larger than life character and is not afraid to tell people what she wants or how she feels She is not going to give in that easily

Thanks again for your support and I hope that you are also having a bright day with your pups.

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Please be sure not to leave her alone. They can get into trouble quickly. I understand how difficult it is to see your beloved Tia go downhill.

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Oh I am so sad that Tia was not feeling well. I am happy to read she is feeling better though! It is always an up and down roller coaster. I hope that she is able to stay feeling better and to cool off. Thinking good thoughts for Tia.

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Doug I'm thinking of you and Tia. It's pretty tough having bad nights, very hard on Tia and hard on you as well. I hope she continues to be bright and alert.
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Doug, how is Tia doing?
I hope you are having a good weekend and hopefully not too hot for Tia.
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