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I'm sorry to read that Tesia isn't eating well and gave you such a fright. I'm sending thoughts of comfort and strength to you both.
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I was praying for Tesia and you all night!
Praying she is doing better this morning!!

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I am so sorry that Tesia is going through such a rough patch.
Keeping her in my thoughts and hoping for better times to come.
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Tesia seems to be okay this morning. It still looks to me like one of her back legs isn't working quiiiite right. But I also know that after I helped her up onto the bed when we got home yesterday, she got down and back up by herself later in the night. I'll be able to watch her closely today.

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I am SO SORRY that Tesia and you are going through this! I remember months before I had to put my Smooch to sleep she had stumbled and fallen a few times and at the end she did not want to eat. We think she had lymphoma or hemangiosarcoma. They took a chest xray and found it was in her lungs and the vet thought she was having trouble breathing, but I couldn't tell it.
Are Tesia's gums pink?
Is she drinking?
Will she eat pieces of cooked chicken or ham?
The cancer is already in her lungs - we do know that. Her breathing has been fine - no wheezing or coughing, and the vet said both her heart and lungs sounded great yesterday. Her gums were very pink - and regained their pinkness right away when pressed. The stumble/splay is a big mystery to us all. It makes me just ill to think the cancer is in her bones or brain already. I hope it's not that - and that maybe she just had a moment or twisted funny.

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Oh, I am so very sorry you two are going through this. Poor sweet Tesia and poor you.

I don't have much to offer beyond support and hugs. Have you tried canned green tripe? It's uber smelly, a mushy texture, and highly nutritious. You can feed it off a spoon in little teaspoons at a time.

Again, big hugs to you and Tesia during this tough time. Sending prayers your way and keeping you both in my thoughts.
My vet gave me a can of presecription food yesterday to add to her kibble. It worked. Hopefully it will continue to entice. I added a tablespoon or so, and some water - it makes it sort of like kibble with gravy (yucky smelling to me!). She ate a cup of kibble last night and this morning, so I will try to up to 1-1/4 cup of kibble and a spoon of wet food tonight.

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I am so sorry you have had such a difficult day. I am glad that Tesia is home with and you have some time off to be with her. Can you tempt her with some peanut butter on a spoon? I have also used strained baby bananas and baby meats, pablum, and jello in their water bowl that has been mixed with twice as much water (provides a source of calories and is very easy on the stomach).

Are you anywhere near Sherway Gardens?

Prayers for you and Tesia, and hope for better days tomorrow.
Not too far - 20-30 minutes depending on traffic.

I am really hoping this canned food is the solution. Fingers crossed.

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So very sorry you are going through all of this
How scary it must have been for you when your dog walker called. We're all praying for Tesia and really hope that things start to improve soon for her.

Just love her lots and comfort her as much as you can, she knows how much she's loved.
Honestly, I thought she was just going to tell me she had thrown up or something. But when I heard her say, "something is wrong," I could hear the fear in her voice, and my heart just stopped. Thank goodness my vet is just five minutes from my home.

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So glad to hear that Tesia's gums are pink and that her breathing is good and no coughing or wheezing. Smooch had gagged/coughed up blood several times.
She would eat if I hand fed her, but Smooch was always a chow hound, so I knew something was wrong.

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Maybe Tesia had a little episode of being light headed? Happens to us from time to time.

The tripe can always be an ace in the hole if she doesn't want to eat. Someone told me it's like 'crack for dogs', and in our experience they were right. Very nutritious. It was the only thing Andy would eat after his week long episode of not eating in April. He turned his nose at roasted chicken and all manner of what he'd normally gulp down in a New York minute.

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I'm praying for Tesia and you.

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Thinking of you both; hoping the scare she gave you was just a fluke. If she does not eat too well perhaps it was just an episode of low blood sugar level; a little honey rubbed on her gums may help (ask your vet first since honey is not always recommended for older pets or people).

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I'm so sorry that you're having a rough spell.

Remember the magic of vitamin B-12. Injections can stimulate appetite in amazing ways and a very short time. Several Forum members have learned to give the shots at home to sick dogs. There is also a chewable form that might be an alternative if you're as needle-shy as I am.

Here's thread with info on a variety of devices that can help you when she's having trouble moving, so that you don't hurt yourself in trying to help her: http://www.goldenretrieverforum.com/...e-devices.html (Assistive Devices). We found the HelpEmUp harness to be a God-send when we were fighting Charlie's seizures and advancing age.

Holding you both in my thoughts and prayers,
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