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Poor Ella is now peeing in her sleep. This is new for her and she looks totally humiliated when she has to be helped up in the morning and she has been lying in her own urine all night. Oh this breaks my heart. Last night it sounded like there was fluid in her lungs so we stayed up all night listening to her breath. Today we made an appointment to see the vet. Our vet is on vacation so we took her in to the person who was substituting for him. What a jerk. My god. First he couldnt take blood from her leg. wanted to try her jugular vein. We stopped him and suggested he try the other leg first. He did and was able to get some blood. He promptly dropped the vials of blood, but was able to save enuf to have tested supposedly. He listened to her lungs, but said he couldnt tell because of the fat around her chest. he heard fluid in the abdomen and wanted to puncture her stomach to try to get the fluiid out. i couldnt let him do it. We got no answers from him. Hopefully she'll last until our vet comes back. I don't want to do anything to stress her or make her more uncomfortable than she already is. She is such a good sport. Even though her legs are so weak she trips and falls and then is stuck where she falls. She looks so shocked when that happpens, it is just heart wrenching. She drinks tons of water, her lymph nodes are huge and it looks like something else neurological happened. Now her tail is drooping and she keeps it curled under her.
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There must be another vet. Where are you? I'll help you find someone better.

Remember that the most important gift of love that we give our fur people is to let them go before life gets too awful. We accept pain for ourselves to free them from theirs. It is a fair bargain after all that they have given us. This is a familiar that I have traveled more than once. Hold your girl close and celebrate the time that you have left. Then love her enough to let her go. Please.

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I'm so sorry that Ella is struggling. I understand your concern and frustration. Is there another vet nearby that you could bring her to that could help? I sorry this is so heart wrenching for you. I will keep Ella in my prayers.

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I'm so sorry for you all going through this... If you weren't getting a good vibe from the fill-in vet, can you try getting her in somewhere else? Even the emergency clinic? In the meantime, would it work to put doggy diapers on her to try to lessen the trauma of the incontinence? My heart goes out to you....

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Oh, I'm so sorry. My heart is breaking for you and Ella.

The diapers are a really good idea - at least it will help her from the anxiety of going in the house, and save her from having to lie in the wet. I really hope your vet, or another vet, can help you soon.

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Thank u so much for the support. My regularg vet will be back on Tuesday and we have appointment. Meanwhile the bloods came back with dx of diabetes. He doesn't want us to wait until Tuesday to start insulin.
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Thumbs down happening faster than expected

got another call from the vet with absolutely no bedside manner at all. He said they got more results and she also has leukemia. Cancer in the blood. Diabetes with very high sugar levels. We are going in tomorrow to learn how to give insulin because he is afraid she may go into ketosis and then a diabetic coma. He feels we have maybe a month or so. How could he know something like that? and Why would he say that? But on the other hand, after the outrage has sort of drifted away, i stepped back and really looked at her when i walked in the house. She is not moving, breathing is heavy, when i moved her back end onto the rug i felt her bones and how light she is, how much weight she has suddenly lost. I gave her a piece of steak and she lifted her head and ate it happily and went back to sleep. What am I supposed to do now? What is more humane? Start giving her insulin injections? Or just painkillers. So confused. Maybe insulin and painkillers.
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As hard as it is, sometimes we as humans have to help them to leave,this world, she sounds like she is very ill, i am sorry.

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As hard as this is to hear--Sometimes, the best thing to do is let them go. In my opinion, when they require pain meds just to stay alive, it's no longer in their best interest. If there was a way to let her actually "live"--meaning, chase the ball, swim in the pond, run up the hills for the next month (or days or weeks or months), then by all means, give her that chance. But if she can no longer enjoy the life she has, I wouldn't let her suffer one more day.

I'm so sorry she is so sick. My heart aches for you all and I will keep you all in my prayers.
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It might be worth a shot with the insulin. uncontrollable peeing, rapid weight loss and respitory tract infections are clinical symptoms of diabetes. I however would get another vet if you are not happy with this one. It will take a while to get the right dosage and she should have a fructosamine test. But until other tests can be done the insulin should start making her feel much better. Good luck!
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