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I think the end is near

November 8, 2016

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So last Friday (4th November ’16), 5mnths and 1 week post op Zuki started to show signs of discomfort with walking and maneuvering himself, especially getting out of the car. Even with us assisting him, I even think sometimes us lifting him hurt more and he would let out a yelp. But on the whole he was fine and still getting about quite well. Saturday he seemed a little weaker and a little less keen to move unless he had to, and again the same on Sunday . Just seeming weak and unbalanced on his back end. But absolutely good as gold in himself. Still coming in for snuggles, eating and toileting. But we knew he wasn’t 100% so booked him in to see the vet on Monday morning. It wasn’t his normal vet but he thought that the arthritis in his hock was causing him some bother and sent him home with some additional painkillers to help him out. He had TPLO cruciate surgery on that knee in June ’13 so some arthritis is to be expected and Zuki has always been a buggar for choosing to sleep on the cold hard tiles rather than the numerous comfy beds and sofa’s he has access to. We took him home, dosed him up and kept a close eye on him. By Monday evening he wasn’t weight bearing at all and choosing to drag himself around instead. Still keen to go on his night time walk and go to the toilet, still quite bright and still eating.

We even carpeted our entire kitchen so there were absolutely no slippy floors or rugs for him to trip on. Anything to make walking easier for him


Fast forward to this morning (Tuesday 8th) and everything seems very bleak now. This morning he didn’t want to go on his normal morning toilet walk with his sister, so we left him in bed till a bit later and tried again. This time he went (dragging himself) with some coaxing although didn’t get himself up onto his back leg so no poo’s or wee’s. We have just come back from the vets again and its pretty clear its more than just the arthritis. There is clearly pressure in his lower back, either inflamed nerves and/or disk. He still has feeling and movement in his back end and foot which is the good news, so the plan is to give him plt tablets to try and reduce the inflammation and give him the strength to get himself up. My worry is what then….. mask the discomfort with pills for months? To get to the true route of the cause (slipped disk, spinal tumour etc) he’d need an MRI, there isn’t one of those in Jersey so we would need to put him on a boat for 5hrs to get him to a UK vets. Once you get the results of the MRI any corrective measures is going to be surgery isn’t it?! 2 more anaesthetics and potential spinal surgery!! On a 10yr old GSD with 3 legs and cancer???? I just don’t think I can do that to him, never mind the cost and logistics of it all. My heart is breaking and the tears rolling just writing this, but deep down I think I know what I need to do.

My parents arrive for a visit tomorrow evening and the vet has assured me although he is probably uncomfortable he isn’t in chronic pain and is still alert and happy to eat etc so it is worth giving the tablets a chance to help him. I’m hoping for a bloody miracle to be honest! If he hasn’t toileted by tomorrow morning he’ll be back in the vets tomorrow for them to help him. If there’s no significant improvement in his mobility with these tablets by Thursday/Friday I think I have to do the right thing for him…. I don’t know what other options I have for him. He’s fought such a proud and brave fight so far, he has inspired and wow’d everyone who has met him. I want him to go with dignity, with the awareness to enjoy his last days with all his pack around him, loving and doting on him and I want to know he didn’t suffer. God damn I thought I’d have longer….. I love that dog like you wouldn’t believe. He has changed my life in such amazing ways. Zuki Wuggafer you are just simply the best xxxxx

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9 Responses to “I think the end is near”

  1. Timber said:

    Prayers for a peaceful crossing puppy dog, and for peace to those that love you,

    Timber & Family

  2. jerry said:

    Ohhh Zuki. I can only imagine how hard it is for a grand doggie like you to struggle. But I also know you are a FIGHTER and with the right rehab guidance, anything is possible.

    Maw, try to stay strong and wait until you talk to a qualified vet with the expertise in a situation like this. While 10 is mature, it’s not ancient and with TLC and dedication to a good rehab program, it’s possible he can start feeling better in no time at all.

    We’re all thinking of you and sending our love.

  3. Bonnie said:

    If a disk issue check out DodgersList on Facebook. Great resource for deals by w all things disc related. Good luck and hoping for that miracle for you both

  4. benny55 said:

    I’ve re-read this several times with a few tears but with some smiles too when I see Zuki’s pictures and hear he still feels good enoigh to eat!

    Your commitment to doing what’s best for Zuki, your commitment to not put him through any other invasive poking and prodding and surgeries,etc.all this shows your deep selfless love and devption to your sweet Zuki.
    He has indeed WOW’d and INSPIRED us every single day of his courageous journey…And he still is. And please know this…Your love for Zuki inspires and wows us too!

    NOW is what matters! The Vet said that, although Zuki may be uncomfortable, it’s not bad chronic pain, and that does give you the ability to give the meds a bit more time to work. And that also gives you with ten million percent CERTAINTY that you have tried EVERYTHING POSSIBLE for Zuki! EVERYTHING!!!

    Treasure your time together NOW!! Let nothing interfere with your time together NOW! Zuki sure isn’t worrying about a thing!! And may yiur “nows” last a loooooooooooong, looooooooooooooong time!

    And BTW…I bet Zuki looks stunning on his very own RED CARPET runway!!

    Surrounding you with our love

    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

  5. Deb said:

    Hi Zuki and Mom–I’m so sorry you are going through a rough patch and hoping that tomorrow will be a better day! Will keep you in our prayers! Deb and Angel Bandit

  6. Dawn said:

    Only you will know when that happy glimmer has been lost from his eyes for the time to have to say live on my heart. Sending you both strength and hope. 🐾

  7. superkylie said:

    I am just crying for you. These posts are hard. They hit home with the realization of 1. We will not have them with us here forever and 2. Things can change from great to bad very quickly. It scares the pants off me to think u may have to say goodbye to Zuki. I agree with the others, give the meds and some rest a chance and I will pray that tomorrow is a better day.
    Chris & Kylie xo

  8. Zuki said:

    Thank you all for the encouragement. He seems happy enough, just can’t walk…. but how long can u continue dragging him around. If only he was smaller I could help him more. He wee’d and poo’d this morning and wolfed his breakie down so thumbs up there. Going to speak to the vet again today and get him a laser treatment and acupuncture session, see if we can give him so relief enough to get him up on that leg xx

  9. benny55 said:

    That Zuki…always willing to eat! AND we have poop and pee! Good news indeed!!

    I’m sure you’ve tried everything to make his mobility easier for Zuki AND YOU! Would a harness work that you could leave on him? I’m soooo sorry you’re going through this. We all wish we could be there to help carry that big boy for you!

    In the meantime, we’ll “support” you through cyber space and conjuring up all the positive energy we can! We’re all cheering for Zuki!

    Thanks for taking time to update.

    Lots and lots of love!

    Sally and Alumni Happy Hannah and Merry Myrtle and Frankie too!

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