his ears are still bad despite treatment both at the shelter and here. he has a bad back and his knees are very arthritic. I have been quite worried about his bowel function but an internal rectal exam did not show any masses. however..the vet by some fluke looked into his mouth just as he was raising his head and she saw a stick wedged up way back. she didn't see it when she opened his mouth to look...she only saw it by accident when she was done and he was lifting his head to get away from her. luck was with him on that one cuz we had no idea it was in there, he didn't show any symptoms.
so we decided to sedate him, get the stick, flush out his ears and xray his back and hips.
the xrays ruled out spondyliosis of the spine but did reveal a blown disc. the ear flush reveal badly inflamed ears and his ear drums are quite swollen and ready to burst. his knees are arthritic and he has luxating patellas and his colon is full of stool, pushed out of place by a very large tumor.
the vet removed the stick which had been there probably for months..it has perforated his gums and his mouth is infected where the stick was imbedded .the stick itself felt petrified..i couldn't break it, it smelled absolutely disgusting so I think it may have been there for years.
so bottom line...
buster will feel a ton better without that painful stick imbedded in his mouth. he will also feel better with the oral antibiotics and ear meds to fix up his sore ears. we have a pain control med regime in place for him, plus we are adding laxatives to make it easier for him to clear out his bowels. but buster is palliative..maybe a couple of weeks? maybe more, maybe less..depends on how fast that tumor continues to grow.
he has such a sweet and gentle soul. he is somewhere around 8 years old.
we will do our best for you buster to make sure you are happy and comfortable and to help you pass before life becomes too difficult.
this is what we are here for, to provide comfort and responsible, compassionate, respectful end of life care to the poor homeless busters out there.
I think Nicole has a photo of our lovely big boy..maybe she will post it?