Friday, June 6, 2008

My Sick Joel

This morning Todd brought Joel to see his vet for he can hardly walk. The receptionist said they are fully booked for today but will insert Joel in between appointments. She said to leave Joel for the whole day and pick him up before they close for the day. Todd just went home after dropping him off but not even an hour the vet phoned that he his condition is not good. They prioritize him took some x-rays on his back. The vet said he might have problems with his spine, hip or disc for he can't control his feet. Last January he was diagnosed to have heart murmur at level 3 and the vet said that it is at level 4 which is not good for it went so fast in 6 months. We were worried about his condition.

After the vet did the entire test phoned back that he can be pick-up. Joel was diagnosed of three slip discs which are rare. The vet said it didn't happen overnight, the two slip discs were already developed. The vet said he might have twitched it maybe from jumping on the couch. He is on prednisone right now, some heart medication pill and they took fluid in his lungs too.

Todd is sad about it especially that Joel is the dog of my late mother-in-law. I didn't go to work today just to take care of him. He is still in pain but at least he did eat today. I fed him by my hand, he needs care right now. I think he is feeling a little better now but the discomfort is still there. The vet said to let them know if he won't get better by Saturday for next step will be consider either putting him down. We don't want to put him down as much as possible if the pill will work.

I just hope he will fully recover for surgery is one of the option but it is very expensive will cost around $6,000.00 and with the condition of his heart it may bring some complications.

He has been a very jolly, loyal companion to us. Joel is part of our family. It hurts to see him

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