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Re: [Loc] Kimba the Malamute
« Reply #200 on: October 04, 2018, 08:31:23 am »

According to her chip, today is Kimba's birthday. She's 7. We've had her for three months. In theory, we are due for a home checkup from the shelter any day now.

She's settling in well. Training is ongoing - she will get into cars happily, she loves to get in them. But will cry and whine when she's secured in or we start to move. She is still anxious to go new places that are outside, and taking her for walks involves going the route she knows and loves, and then adding a small amount on to the end to gently push her limits. She doesn't like being left alone, but will deal with it for an hour or two. She and I have fallen into a morning and early afternoon routine, which suits both of us fine for the time being.

Excuse her wonky smooshed headfluff in that picture, she had been lying across my laptop.

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Re: [Loc] Dany's Surgery
« Reply #201 on: February 09, 2019, 09:21:25 am »

Dany had surgery yesterday.

In November, she developed a lump on her side. It was gently cut open and cleaned out under a local anaesthetic, and the vet announced it was a cyst full of necrotic tissue. Due to Dany having bad lungs, it couldn't be removed - general anaesthetic ran too high risks of her going into respiratory arrest. The cyst wall had to be left in place. Sadly, this meant that the chances of it coming back were higher.

Sure enough, it came back. She had to have it removed this time or she had an increased infection risk (and she has a compromised immune system). Removal under local was impossible - the cut needed to remove it would have gone down too far (I was told the vet would have literally been seeing her ribcage, as the muscle layer is not very thick) and stitching up an awake and active reptile wouldn't happen. The vet assured me he would use an anesthetic that has as little effect on breathing as possible, and Dany would be on a ventilator the whole time. If she started to have trouble, she'd be woken up right away and he would stop and close her up.

The operation went with no issues. It took longer to get her asleep than it took to cut the lump out (she is apparently resistant to anaesthetic) and she was breathing unaided the whole time. She had three stitches (visible on the right) and is missing a handful of spikes (which will not grow back). The lump came out nice and easily, no bleeding or leaking, and she was eating and drinking this morning. She is probably quite sore, so I am handling her as little as possible and very carefully when I do.

She goes back for a post-op check on Monday, and the stitches will be in until March - estimated removal is 3-4 weeks (as reptiles have different healing rates to mammals). But it's all looking optimistic.

I've also decided that I will ask for the optional biopsy to be done on the lump - Chances are it is just a cyst, but it will be good to know for sure, and to know if it is likely to reoccur elsewhere down the line.

For now, I'm just happy to have the little trooper home and recovering nicely.

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Re: [Loc] Dany's Surgery
« Reply #202 on: March 22, 2019, 12:58:41 pm »
Happy Birthday to you Loc.

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Re: [Loc] Dany's Surgery
« Reply #203 on: March 22, 2019, 03:28:22 pm »
Hope Dany is still doing well.

And, I love the most recent pic of Kimba. I had a husky like her, but she was grey in color.
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Re: [Loc] Dany's Surgery
« Reply #204 on: March 23, 2019, 08:38:53 am »
So I spent a chunk of my birthday at the vet with Dany, having x-rays of her feet and lower legs.

Which are a bit of a mess. She's had multiple fractures in her toes which have healed very crooked. Her bones just flat out developed wrong in places. I actually hate her previous owners.

She has arthritis and it looks like her previous MBD is getting weird with age. She may be in the process of self-amputating a very damaged toe (if so then it has been slowly happening over YEARS with no bad effects), but it may just be getting super gnarly with arthritis. If it does come off, it won't bother her and I can keep it clean. The vet is pretty confident that she is in no pain at all for the time being, and if she does develop pain then we can treat her for it.

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Re: [Loc] Dany's Surgery
« Reply #205 on: March 23, 2019, 08:50:13 am »
So I spent a chunk of my birthday at the vet with Dany, having x-rays of her feet and lower legs.

Which are a bit of a mess. She's had multiple fractures in her toes which have healed very crooked. Her bones just flat out developed wrong in places. I actually hate her previous owners.

She has arthritis and it looks like her previous MBD is getting weird with age. She may be in the process of self-amputating a very damaged toe (if so then it has been slowly happening over YEARS with no bad effects), but it may just be getting super gnarly with arthritis. If it does come off, it won't bother her and I can keep it clean. The vet is pretty confident that she is in no pain at all for the time being, and if she does develop pain then we can treat her for it.

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Yikes. That stinks. Sure hope she improves. She is in good hands now with you.
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Re: [Loc] Dany's Surgery
« Reply #206 on: March 23, 2019, 11:13:23 pm »
Her arthritis will probably get worse with age, sadly - it's just the way it goes. She's 8 now and an average age of beardies in captivity is 10-12, so she's starting to get on (and doing very well, considering her host of medical issues). Still, it isn't bothering her in the slightest and her MBD is under control and has been for years.

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Re: [Loc] Dany's Surgery
« Reply #207 on: April 26, 2019, 09:38:54 pm »
We hope dany is doing well (all things considered), such a good little pancake
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Re: [Loc] Dany's Surgery
« Reply #208 on: April 28, 2019, 09:10:54 am »
Well wishes to Dany!
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Re: [Loc] Kimba's Legs
« Reply #209 on: May 08, 2019, 03:56:46 pm »
Dany is doing well. She had another health scare recently, but it was the early stages of dehydration combined with slight muscle tone loss related to her age. She is getting elderly.

Kimba had some x-rays done today as she has been limping for a few months. We were worried it may be the early stages of hip dysplacia.

The good news is that her hips are perfect. The limping is she has a ruptured cruciate ligament - This is a band of tissue that attaches the femur to the tibia, preventing the tibia from shifting forwards and helps stop the knee from over-extending or rotating. It looks like when hers ruptured, it took off a piece of bone with it which is now floating loose near the joint. We don't know when or how the injury happened. Some dog breeds are just prone to it over time with wear and tear on the ligament.

This injury is very fixable with surgery. Which kind she has will be up to the vet at the time, but there are two surgeries which involve cutting the bone and render the ligament basically redundant. We are going to book her in for an operation as soon as possible.
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Re: [Loc] Kimba's Legs
« Reply #210 on: May 09, 2019, 03:38:56 pm »
I hope that Kimba makes a quick and healthy recovery!
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Re: [Loc] Dany
« Reply #211 on: May 17, 2019, 07:23:22 pm »
Dany passed away around 11:40pm on the 17th. She had become ill, had emergency surgery, and never woke up from the anaesthetic.
I will be bringing her home as soon as I can.

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Re: [Loc] Dany
« Reply #212 on: May 17, 2019, 07:37:20 pm »
I'm sorry for your loss.   :'(
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Re: [Loc] Dany
« Reply #213 on: May 20, 2019, 06:39:57 am »
Sorry about your little beardie friend.
Hope you are otherwise doing okay, it's never easy to lose a beloved pet.
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Re: [Loc] Dany
« Reply #214 on: May 20, 2019, 07:04:45 am »
It's rough. It's really, really rough. I'm not coping well at all. It's still too raw and recent. I love her and miss her, and want her back more than I've ever wanted anything.

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Re: [Loc] Dany
« Reply #215 on: May 20, 2019, 06:11:36 pm »
Loc,
I wish I had signed in earlier.
It's clear how much Danny means to you and others, based upon how hard this is for you!  It would be hard for me too.
You care so much about her, and she knew it I bet.  Sounds like you did everything you could to help her out.
She passed away in a peaceful manner, which is all we can ask for at times.

You are an amazing pet caretaker, and if I were a pet, I would ask for an owner like you!
Depending on what you believe, she and you may meet again.


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In effect, she is never lost.

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Re: [Loc] Dany
« Reply #216 on: May 22, 2019, 08:37:43 am »
It's rough. It's really, really rough. I'm not coping well at all. It's still too raw and recent. I love her and miss her, and want her back more than I've ever wanted anything.

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Re: [Loc] Dany
« Reply #217 on: July 14, 2019, 09:39:50 pm »
Loc, I am sorry to hear of Dany...I hope you are well
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Re: [Loc] Dany
« Reply #218 on: July 22, 2019, 09:10:31 am »
It's been a little over two months. I'm still not doing well. The nightmares are out in full force.

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Re: [Loc] Dany
« Reply #219 on: July 22, 2019, 11:21:50 am »
Things will get better for you. Its hard to believe that now. One day at a time and it will get better. ((((hugs))))
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