UPDATE: I ended up bringing BHRR’s Porridge back into KAH today. 🙁 He had a terrible night. I was up to 6 AM with him and, it is breaking my  heart to see him like this.

His bloodwork is back, remarkably normal yet, his WBC is very low normal. His protein levels were low, probably as a result of being dehydrated. He did give me a urine sample and we will also now run a UA. Needless to say, his urine was extremely concentrated. 🙁 This is only his second pee since Tuesday. He has not eaten nor drank for me since I arrived home. 🙁 He is down another .6 of a kg in weight.

He had two other Vets thoroughly exam him and also they reviewed his x-rays from yesterday(I shall get a copy to post) and, we are all in agreement that this is most likely not his heart. We shall see what his heart blood tests results indicate – should be in by tomorrow.

His lungs and heart sounds good today. His resting resp was 22. He still does not have a temperature.

His biopsy results should hopefully be back tomorrow. I do not think I could bear having to wait until Monday. 🙁

I have to keep him ‘propped’ up so he can rest and for a dog that loves to sleep in his side, this is not the most comfortable for him.

The consensus at this time from the two Vets he saw today – THANK YOU for seeing me! – is that this is some very aggressive strange virus(not likely) OR an aggressive nasal tumor OR lymphoma. Both of the Vets indicated that a skull x-ray is not conclusive and really does not show up anything the best and we discussed MRI’s and CT scans. I was advised to just hold off for this moment and wait for all of his current test results to come in. I was advised to stop the Doxy that we just started as this is NOT an infection, and, that was not what any of us really thought, yet, we were all trying to be proactive.

We discussed Pred and then, was advised to wait until all of his results come back in.

So, he is now on Cerenia 1ml mixed with 9 ml of Saline solution for his nose – 1-2 drops BID and Mirtazapine to help stimulate his appetite for he has lost all interest in even trying to eat. 🙁 🙁 He did take some Pill pockets and a Benny Bully’s liver treat while we were at the Vet and, I came home with the rest of the bag of Pill Pockets YET, can you imagine HOW many bags he would have to eat!?!!

I am offering him food by hand. Both Vets noted his hard and slightly swollen lymph nodes and that he has flared nostrils and, a clear discharge from the right nostril more than the left. In using slides to see if he is putting condensation on the slides, nothing from the right nostril was noted. WHAT a trooper he was again today. We even discussed doing more chest x-rays yet, nothing right at this time, points to this being a heart or lung issue….hoping that his bloodwork for his heart comes back normal also.

The one thing I told the Vets is that I shall not see him suffer. Quality over Quantity. He clearly cannot breathe with his mouth closed and, is very labored in attempting to get the air in and out. All of us agree that this is most likely something upper body for him – ie, neck, skull, nasal etc.

His eyes are not dilated or uneven, he has not noticeable swollen area on the face or skull or any caving in…..

As everyone knows, I am not one to panic, and, I am very much concerned for this amazing miracle dog………..

The not knowing is so hard…the trying to cover every test and angel possible to try and find out what is going on, is also so hard. 🙁 🙁 I promised him, that I would not see him dragged out in suffering.

He really could use some helping hands…..and caring hearts to consider his cause…..we are almost $2,000 and counting….he is so worthy…he really is.

(You do not need a PayPal account either)

A file is set up at Kanata Animal Hospital (613) 836-2848 and they will take Visa, M/C and AMEX over the phone under the account of ‘Birch Haven Rescue’ for ‘Porridge’. They will take Debit or Cash in person at 440 Hazeldean Road in Kanata, Ontario

You can also mail donations via a Bank Draft to:

Birch Haven Rescue & Rehabilitation Services
C/O Gwendilin Boers
2425 Totem Ranch Road West
RR#1 Oxford Station, Ontario
K0G 1T0

OR email transfer to gwen@birchhaven.org

OR via PayPal(please use the ‘gift’ option OR the ‘friends and family’ option) OR we shall have to pay service charge fees. :(

BHRR’s Porridge Angels  $10.00* donated to date & Bills are close to $1,100 and rising
*Before PayPal fees