he has been going down hill for the past several weeks. yesterday one of the masses on his leg broke open and started bleeding. today that leg had massive swelling, from his toes up past his hip and into his groin. he has been on high doses of antibiotics for the past couple of weeks, so i am pretty sure the problem wasn't infection, the cancer most likely had spread into that leg.
i came home today during my break and double dosed him on more tramadol, the morning usual dose wasn't keeping him comfortable so i doubled it at 2pm...300 mgs should have knocked him flat but when i got home tonight, he was still in pain from the leg. i called emerg and loaded him up and took him in.
riley passed very peacefully, he ate some turkey while he was waiting for the meds to take effect.
he really was a very sweet and gentle giant.
love you riley and we will all miss you very much here.
rest in peace good dog.