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jkwilson

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Posted: 08/31/20 02:11pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

See my post at end for the update.

We are probably done traveling for a while, and the longer the better in this case.

Our 12 year-old female Sheltie has tumors in her bladder. No fixing it, but we are trying a couple of medicines which may make it easier for her to void for a while.

She can’t urinate in a normal position and is incontinent at times or urgently needs to go, so she ends up with wet legs all of the time and we need to bathe her daily.

Just more than we want to deal with on the road. At home, she’s free to roam the farm and she can sit in her shady spots and go when she needs to. Easier on her and on us.

She’ll miss the trips and hiking as much as we will.

* This post was edited 11/14/20 01:38pm by jkwilson *


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It is always depressing when something like this hits a friend. Give her the most love and comfort your can in the days ahead.

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that breaks my heart. our Maggie The Wonder Beagle turned, we think, 11 last saturday. we rescued her 6-yrs ago and our vet thought she was ~5 at the time. i dread what's coming one day but we don't dwell on it. we'll hold you all in our hearts and prayers.


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Posted: 08/31/20 03:01pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We had one die when we were traveling and we drove two days to get home and put him under his favorite shade tree.





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Posted: 08/31/20 04:34pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

The joys and sadness of having pets.


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It's tough at times having pets with you on the road. We've had a couple travel to the "Bridge" while we were out and another we rushed home so that she could be in familiar surroundings during her last days.

My real point in all this is that during many trips to unknown Vets in all the years, it always amazed us how lucky we mostly were when it came to finding a "caring and compassionate" Vet while on the road. You could just tell right away that even though you are in a strange environment that still, everything was going to be OK! I guess that's a real credit to the profession and memories I cherish of meeting these wonderful healers of our "kids" who fall ill during our trips.


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Acampingwewillgo wrote:

It's tough at times having pets with you on the road. We've had a couple travel to the "Bridge" while we were out and another we rushed home so that she could be in familiar surroundings during her last days.

My real point in all this is that during many trips to unknown Vets in all the years, it always amazed us how lucky we mostly were when it came to finding a "caring and compassionate" Vet while on the road. You could just tell right away that even though you are in a strange environment that still, everything was going to be OK! I guess that's a real credit to the profession and memories I cherish of meeting these wonderful healers of our "kids" who fall ill during our trips.


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Posted: 08/31/20 06:33pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm sorry about your sheltie. 12 good years is a respectable age. But it's never easy. Love her while you have her.


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Here she is on a shopping trip after one of her vet visits.

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John & Kathy,

What you're doing and putting on hold says a lot about both of you. Thanks for sharing.


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