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Old 03-25-09, 03:55 PM   #1
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update on the pooch.

update on my four-legged friend:
Talked to the vet. The type of stone removed was calcium oxalate, which was my worst fear. Medically a mystery, prone to recur (even with careful diet) and no way to dissolve them with diet if they begin to recur.

It is recommended he has a urinalysis and raidograph every 3 months for awhile, and then every 6 months... probably forever to ensure if they do recur, it can be caught before surgery is necessary.

So, I have decided the pup has to go back. I talked to the rescue society today, and they are very understanding. We both made an error in judgment proceeding before all the facts were in. The rep I have been working with mentioned another little guy, same age, housebroken (was given up rather than rescued) that I may be interested in. I've got mixed feelings:
1) I don't really deserve a dog, feeling like a hypocrite being ready to take on responsibility, but un-willing in this situation considering I only have had the dog a few days (This could happen to any dog. I feel like the situation would be different if he had been a pet for awhile, but it shouldn't be.)
2) The little guy broke my heart, and I'm just not interested in looking around right now. (you'd think I just went through a bad breakup, right?)

So, it looks like after work today I'll be re-entering the pet-less population.
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Lauren, if you took on a dog and cannot easily afford the emotional expense, time, or money to keep taking it to the vet, then it's best to take it back.

If there's a better match for your house, then you'll have no feelings of "what if" and no dread for the next vet appointment! It's better all around for you! And the other pup can find a home that can deal with his problems.
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Lauren, if you took on a dog and cannot easily afford the emotional expense, time, or money to keep taking it to the vet, then it's best to take it back.

If there's a better match for your house, then you'll have no feelings of "what if" and no dread for the next vet appointment! It's better all around for you! And the other pup can find a home that can deal with his problems.
You are right...
yes, I'm confident in his adorable personality that he will find a good fit in a home that is ready to accommodate his needs. His great little personality is what makes it so sad

He's been a very good cuddler the last couple evenings. I think he knows I'm sad.
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Lauren, if you took on a dog and cannot easily afford the emotional expense, time, or money to keep taking it to the vet, then it's best to take it back.
Yep. Giving him up may hurt, but if you doubt your ability to take care of him as he needs to be taken care of, you're doing the right thing.
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You are right...
yes, I'm confident in his adorable personality that he will find a good fit in a home that is ready to accommodate his needs. His great little personality is what makes it so sad

He's been a very good cuddler the last couple evenings. I think he knows I'm sad.
I'm so sorry, arti. If you need someone to cuddle with for the next couple days, I may be able to loan out cat.
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I'm so sorry, arti. If you need someone to cuddle with for the next couple days, I may be able to loan out cat.
I don't need a pet badly enough that I'd resort to considering a cat... especially not Cat, from what I've heard.
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I know a guy who could stand in...
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Thanks buddy, but I don't the the girlfriend would appreciate it...
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I know a guy who could stand in...
my man candy??!!!
who, by the way, was not fond of this whole dog idea in the first place, but simply said "well... they live a long time, you know? whatever makes you happy (win!))"

I reminded him that he could live a long time too.

he promised not to piddle on the rug.
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who, by the way, was not fond of this whole dog idea in the first place, but simply said "well... they live a long time, you know? whatever makes you happy (win!))"

I reminded him that he could live a long time too.

he promised not to piddle on the rug.
But has he kept his promise?!?
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But has he kept his promise?!?
so far, but he's only visited my ... rug... for a few days over the last month.

so far, no piddling.

wow, that just made a completely different turn to the thread.
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so far, but he's only visited my ... rug... for a few days over the last month.

so far, no piddling.

wow, that just made a completely different turn to the thread.
have you tested his promise thoroughly by offering copious quantities of alchol?
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so far, but he's only visited my ... rug... for a few days over the last month.

so far, no piddling.
wow, my mind just went into the sewer... I'll spare you the details...
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so far, no piddling.

wow, that just made a completely different turn to the thread.
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I have a tendency to help with that...
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by rug I meant "home, sweet home".... duh.
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I will try to keep this short. My older dog Scooter (13 years) was diagnosed after multiple urinary tract infections, with bladder stones. We altered her diet, cleared up the most recent infection, and a few
months later had another set of xrays done. Guess who didnt have any more stones?
As amatter of fact, they were all gone!!!!! My guess, and I am no vet, is that it was diet based....
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I will try to keep this short. My older dog Scooter (13 years) was diagnosed after multiple urinary tract infections, with bladder stones. We altered her diet, cleared up the most recent infection, and a few
months later had another set of xrays done. Guess who didnt have any more stones?
As amatter of fact, they were all gone!!!!! My guess, and I am no vet, is that it was diet based....
Aw, I'm so happy for scooter! Do you know what kind of stones she had?

The problem with the type of stone this dog has is that there isn't much known about how to prevent it, and if they start to form, they can't be dissolved by diet. Pretty much, the worst kind to have

It is completely possible they will never recur, and its also possible 2 years later it could pop up again out of nowhere. And that gamble is part of what's so hard.
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Thank you so much we love her dearly.
They were calcium based, oh yes the "only" way to get rid of them was $1500 surgery..........uh huh....
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Awww...sorry about the situation. Don't feel guilty though, you did the right thing.
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No shame in having the rescue place him again.
You loved him while you had him and you made sure he'll find a good home.
You done good.
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well, he's back at the mother ship now. The little furry got so excited to see his foster mom, he got the excited 'piddles'. Happy news is, he was so busy he didn't even notice when I left.

I met another potential, Buddy- who's very sweet (a good 5lbs overweight, which is a lot for a dog that should only be 15! His previous owners were seniors who kept him as a lap dog), but I think I'm calling my dog search over ATM.
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Sounds like you need a bit of a break from the canine realm, Arti...so take it.
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