Update on Patch



Update on Patch

(For those of you that don’t know the story: Patch is my 11 year old dalmatian who has been on a roller coaster ride for 3 months with various health issues and we still haven’t quite figured out what is going on. If you would like to catch up on the story, just visit my Dogs Page and read the posts about Patch.)

  1. Patch does not have lymphoma at this time. We are going to a New Vet~Doc C, who is closer to us and is wonderful! He actually biopsied a lymph node (necessary for true diagnosis of lymphoma) and determined it isn’t lymphoma~woohoo!
  2. Patch is not taking prednisone (for swollen lymph nodes) or tramadol (for pain)anymore. He is now on tetracycline for infection. He will be on it for two more weeks.
  3. His lymph nodes are not swollen at this time. He has fatty skin hanging around in weird places~possibly where the nodes were swollen~it looks kinda funny.
  4. Patch has been shaking/trembling again. That is how all of this started. He has been doing this since last Wednesday night. When he does this it is so pitiful because I don’t know what I can do to help him.
  5. We took Patch to the Vet on Saturday. It was snowing out and I wasn’t going to drive, but the lady had an appointment available for after Jedd got off of work. We went there but Doc C wasn’t there~I forgot to mention to her that he has been seeing Doc C. So we saw Doc M. He wasn’t sure what to do or what had been going on. Anywho he gave him a non-steroid shot to see if it would help.
  6. Patch was still shaking last night and today. Last night, I laid in bed with him to try and comfort him. I was going to start reading Dear John by Nicholas Sparks, but I was in a sad mood for Patch and the book started out sad~I had to put it down. I just laid there with Patch rubbing and hugging on him.
  7. I will be contacting Doc C in the morning. I am thinking he might want to keep Patch for a little while and if he does they want Patch there between 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Jedd works both mornings. I might have to call Dad and have him break away from my Granny for a bit. I sure wish we could pinpoint what is going on. I am going to mention/ask Doc C if we need to do any x-rays or ultrasounds.

I love Patch so much! I am thankful that he has stayed with us through Christmas, New Years, His birthday, Valentine’s Day, and Jedd’s birthday.

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8 Responses

  1. So sorry for the problems that Patch is having. I can hear your sadness in your words. Good to read that he doesn’t have lymphoma though.

    Thank you for your kind words. I love your inspiring site! Come back anytime!

  2. poor puppy! prayers and hugs to all of you!

    Thank you!

  3. I know you hurt Mercedes. I am so sorry for Patch and for your pain. It is a worry just like you have with a child. Patch is like your baby.
    Sorry I havent been by in awhile. I have been out of commission for a couple weeks. Missed ya girl!

    Thank you for your kind words! I hope everything is ok. Hugs right back! Mere

  4. Oh so sorry to hear about Patch but so glad he has you to comfort him.

    Thank you & Thank you! 🙂

  5. So sorry that he continues to have problems. Poor guy. It’s hard since they can’t talk to us, isn’t it?

    Thanks for your kind words! Hugs right back!

  6. I hope Patch is getting better. I love the picture of the dog and the boy praying. Very cute.

    Patch is having some difficulties again. IMO~I think it all originates in his nasal cavity. We are trying to figure it out this week. Thanks for your kind words!

  7. Hey Mer. I’m really sorry that Patch is still dealing with some of his health issues. It must be incredibly frustrating for you guys. I heard from Lee today, and Bruno passed away this morning. 😦 He was only three. I hope you are doing well, considering poor Patch isn’t quite back to his old tricks yet!

    Hello! Yes, Lee left me a short comment telling me about Bruno! I sent her an email. Bless the poor young dog! It just breaks my heart! I need to get back over to your place and catch up. I saw where another buddy lost their precious loved one too! How are you doing? Hope things are getting better. Thanks for stopping by! WOOF!

  8. Hugs and prayers are still being sent for you and Patch, the whole family. Deb

    Thanks so much. IMO~I believe the problem originates in the nasal cavity for Patch. I had to call Old Doc and get the initial x-ray to take to New Doc. Maybe we will know more after New Doc looks at it.

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