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Britchick
01-02-2012, 08:13 PM
found out today that my boxer Charlie isn't very well at all. We had his thyroid levels checked a couple of weeks ago because he was losing fur and quite lethargic. The day we got the results he collapsed in the garden, luckily Caitlin was there and called me, stayed with him and put a towel on him until i got home. We started him on the pills but he seemed to go downhill, wasn't eating etc. We went back today and he had more bloods taken, an ECG and xRay, upshot is he has heart problems. We could take him to a specialist vet in Cambridge for scans and 24 hour ECGs etc but due to his breed and age it probably wouldn't be anything they could do. There is no cure certainly. We've decided as a family that we don't want to put him through all this for what could possibly be an extra 6 months. The vet I have here is wonderful and will do all she can to keep him comfortable with medication but no one knows what his prognosis is. He is only 7 bless him and our last boxer was 7 when he dropped down dead in front of us from a heart problem. I'm so sad right now but really proud of my kids how they've dealt with it and sat down with us and told us what they think. This boxer is going to be the most pampered in the country for however long he's got. Thanks for listening :sorry:

Mari
01-02-2012, 08:21 PM
:hug2:

losing pets is never EVER easy...

But I do believe that you are doing the right thing for him hun...

josh.p.
01-02-2012, 08:38 PM
:hug2: Big hugs for you and Charlie. It is like having a member of the family sick, only worse because they can't tell us what is wrong with them :sigh: :hug2:

lisaw
01-02-2012, 08:49 PM
So sad for you all :sorry:

MystikPiglit
01-02-2012, 09:05 PM
Oh dear. Sorry to hear that. :comfort:

Esmeralda
01-02-2012, 09:21 PM
Oh no, you love your baby and that's such sad news XXXXX Sorry for you all X

Wendy
01-02-2012, 09:41 PM
Oh Brit :hug2: I'm so sorry :hug2:

foreverducky
01-02-2012, 09:53 PM
Oh I'm so very sorry! :sorry:

They are not just animals or dogs, they are family. Always. :hug2:

Dawn
02-02-2012, 07:58 AM
:hug2:

Kate
02-02-2012, 11:41 AM
Im so sorry :hug2: things like this are never easy - thinking of you all :hug2:

uscwest
02-02-2012, 12:12 PM
Huge Hugs :hug2::hug2::hug2: and pixie dust :pdust::pdust::pdust::pdust::pdust: for you and Charlie. Losing a pet is never easy and now with two in a row having problems at age 7 I'm sure it must be double tough.

daveann
02-02-2012, 01:48 PM
:comfort:

Deb
02-02-2012, 03:46 PM
Oh Julie :comfort: I really feel for you, and the family. Just awful :(

Britchick
02-02-2012, 04:26 PM
Bit of an update, the steroid injection they gave yesterday has obviously done something and he's eating and drinking today. Had another injection today then high dose oral steroids for a week then reducing. They are sending his test results to the cardiac specialist for them to look at and hopefully they can give a better idea of whether it's the growth on his atrium causing the problems or a heart defect. From there the vet can work out the best treatment plan to keep him as well as possible for as long as possible.

Please make sure guys that you have insurance! It seems like a lot per month but worth it when something like this happens!

Tinkfan
03-02-2012, 03:45 AM
:hug2::hug2:So very sorry Brit, it's just terrible when they get sick. Love and prayers coming your way.

Wendy
03-02-2012, 09:46 AM
:hug2: :hug2: thinking of you

foreverducky
03-02-2012, 10:51 AM
Please keep us posted.

Eating and drinking are good. Sounds like he's at least comfortable now.

Suebeattie
03-02-2012, 12:14 PM
:hug2: to you and your family
:wiggle:

chief
03-02-2012, 09:03 PM
i am sorry to hear your beloved pet is not well. hope the steroids work well, and its good news from the specialist. big hug to help you smile :hug2:

MystikPiglit
03-02-2012, 09:13 PM
It's good that he's eating. :hug2: for you.

Isafari
04-02-2012, 09:11 AM
Thinking of you all, especially Charlie :hug2:

Britchick
03-05-2012, 10:28 AM
I'm very sad to announce that Charlie lost his fight today. We were struggling to get a diagnosis and in the end it was one of Lymphoma. We all managed to say goodbye to him and the vet practice has been so wonderful to us. RIP Charlie, see you over rainbow bridge.

MystikPiglit
03-05-2012, 10:59 AM
So sorry to hear that. :comfort:

catrancher
03-05-2012, 11:32 AM
I can't even begin to tell you how sorry I am to hear this. :comfort:

He'll be there. On the other side of that Rainbow bridge. Waiting patiently.

Tom (:macwave:... nothing more to say...)

Wendy
03-05-2012, 11:46 AM
Oh Julie :hug2: I'm so sorry, some :hug2: for you too littletinker :hug2:

Skywatcher
03-05-2012, 12:02 PM
:hug2: so so sorry xx

daveann
03-05-2012, 12:25 PM
im so sorry :sorry:

josh.p.
03-05-2012, 01:11 PM
Oh no! :hug2: I'm so sorry to hear this :hug2: :hug2:

uscwest
03-05-2012, 01:49 PM
Julie, so sorry to hear about Charlie. It is always tough to lose a beloved pet. :hug2::hug2::hug2:

Dawn
03-05-2012, 02:27 PM
I have no words.

:hug2:

lozzy
03-05-2012, 02:45 PM
Big hugs for you,


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Kate
03-05-2012, 04:50 PM
Oh im so sorry :( Thinking of you :hug2:

Tinkfan
04-05-2012, 02:46 AM
:hug2::hug2: So sorry Julie, it is so very sad to lose someone you love. They truly are the best, most loyal creatures.:sorry:

Sam
07-05-2012, 04:55 PM
I'm very sad to announce that Charlie lost his fight today. We were struggling to get a diagnosis and in the end it was one of Lymphoma. We all managed to say goodbye to him and the vet practice has been so wonderful to us. RIP Charlie, see you over rainbow bridge.

I am so sorry my darling, my heart is breaking for you. Sleep well Charlie and if you see my Charlotte Cat up there give her a big lick from me.

Deafjeff
07-05-2012, 07:58 PM
Just saw this message :sorry: sending you :comfort:

We will light a candle for Charlie tonight

Jeff xxx


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Claire
08-05-2012, 12:00 PM
:comfort:

Isafari
09-05-2012, 06:20 AM
:hug2: