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Re: My dear sweet Eli [Re: Shilohsmom] #347386
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I'm sure it must have broken your heart to go for ice cream and not be able to take Eli along. frown But I'm happy to hear you brought a "doggie" bag home and he's doing pretty good overall. Gotta love that guy! wub


Sean - 1998/2014
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Re: My dear sweet Eli [Re: SeanRescueMom] #347463
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I happened upon a great suggestion that I wanted to share. You know how our seniors that lay around a lot get callouses on their elbows? Eli had developed these. This person suggested Swim Arm Bands. I found these at the Dollar Store, blew them up and put these on his elbows. Works great and takes all that pressure off! You can use more or less air depending upon the size of the pups legs. smile


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Re: My dear sweet Eli [Re: Shilohsmom] #347541
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I'm thrilled to give this update. Can't say I understand what's going on yet but its worth celebrating. groovy

About six days ago I was late at giving Eli his many meds. I thought 'lets try to go off and see how he does'. Since that time Eli has gone outside to potty all but one time!!!! And that one time he was struggling to get up so I just encouraged him to go right there.

He's been much more engaged and frequently goes outside just to lay down in the sun or shade. He just seems so much happier.

I'm so happy to have my days filled with the love of my boys.


Rosa

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and never to be forgotten, Shiloh and Shoshi
Every dog deserves to have a human that thinks its the greatest dog that ever lived!
Re: My dear sweet Eli [Re: Shilohsmom] #347542
04/26/18 12:51 AM
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Hope the good news continues and Eli doesn't relapse. Fingers crossed for both of you. crossedfingers Thanks for the celebratory update!


Sean - 1998/2014
If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart I'll stay there forever.
Carleton DOB unknown
Neely - 2003/2015
Gizmo -2008/2011
Neeko -1991/2005
Re: My dear sweet Eli [Re: Shilohsmom] #347544
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Originally Posted By: Shilohsmom
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He's been much more engaged and frequently goes outside just to lay down in the sun or shade. He just seems so much happier.



That is surely worth celebrating happyboogie flowerbasket penguin_spin

Every single day counts smile

thanks for the update,

MJ

Re: My dear sweet Eli [Re: Shilohsmom] #347545
04/26/18 01:00 PM
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Yes, celebrate these very precious days. I know you will remember them forever.

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Re: My dear sweet Eli [Re: PositiveDog] #347620
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Eli began having problems after my last post saying how well he was doing. Its nothing major, but we have had to return to all the meds. He's really having a problem holding his poop now, but he's still able to walk. He still enjoy's outings outside, he likes playing board games and watching the girls.


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and never to be forgotten, Shiloh and Shoshi
Every dog deserves to have a human that thinks its the greatest dog that ever lived!
Re: My dear sweet Eli [Re: Shilohsmom] #347622
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Fingers crossed for your handsome senior boy. crossedfingers I hope going back on all the meds helps him.


Sean - 1998/2014
If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart I'll stay there forever.
Carleton DOB unknown
Neely - 2003/2015
Gizmo -2008/2011
Neeko -1991/2005
Re: My dear sweet Eli [Re: Shilohsmom] #347623
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The hardest times with senior dogs are those like you are experiencing. Rollercoaster days, weeks.

Sometimes we forget to hold most tightly to those wonderful, good days and not cloud them with worry.

Eli has the best of you, your love. And he gives the same to you. And all he knows is his happiness.

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Re: My dear sweet Eli [Re: PositiveDog] #347624
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The senior Rollercoaster is really hard. One day they are Super Doggie and the next day is in the dumps.

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Neilla the Big White puppy.

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Re: My dear sweet Eli [Re: Wisc.Tiger_Val] #347625
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Eli is in the best possible place-in your hands and in your heart.

You know very well that every day is precious. Just take care of yourself.

MJ

Re: My dear sweet Eli [Re: PositiveDog] #347627
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Originally Posted By: PositiveDog
Sometimes we forget to hold most tightly to those wonderful, good days and not cloud them with worry.
Eli has the best of you, your love. And he gives the same to you. And all he knows is his happiness.


Ditto! I couldn't have said it better myself.


Sean - 1998/2014
If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart I'll stay there forever.
Carleton DOB unknown
Neely - 2003/2015
Gizmo -2008/2011
Neeko -1991/2005
Re: My dear sweet Eli [Re: SeanRescueMom] #347634
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Thank you all for your kind wishes and love for my precious Eli. Yeah, the roller coaster ride is hard, but as long as Eli is willing to ride so am I.

Eli amazing me each and every day. Did you folks know that when I come home he still ALWAYS greets me at the door!!! No matter where he is at the time I always finds a way to be there every time I open the door. Now that's dedication!! wub


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and never to be forgotten, Shiloh and Shoshi
Every dog deserves to have a human that thinks its the greatest dog that ever lived!
Re: My dear sweet Eli [Re: Shilohsmom] #347701
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Eli met with our new Vet today. I really like him. Kody saw him yesterday and today was Eli's turn. Getting him in the car was hard. Its painful for him and that just tears at my heart. I did park the car in the street, right along the curb. The first attempts didn't work. I was still several inches from the curb and there was just no way to get him in. I moved the car so that my wheels where right along and touching the curb. I was hoping he could just walk in, but it still took some time. He tried earlier and remembered the pain so he really wanted nothing to do with it. I'd say about 10-15 minutes later I was finally able to get him into the car.

But I got him to the Vet. The old Vets failed to send over the X-rays which really sucked but he had reviewed Eli's previous bloodwork. He said based on the bloodwork its not clear that Eli has a liver problem. We have run new blood work today so we'll discuss that tomorrow, but this might open up a whole world of possibilities for Eli and the meds he can take. The doctor is even talking about possible using some type of steroid to help build up his muscle mass again. This would be so helpful. If he had more strength he would be able to get around so much better and it might even help with the fecal incontinence.

So does anyone have any experience with steroids and dogs? Please share if you do.

It took two of us to get him back in the car and frankly he was exhausted and just laid there. Since he had pooped while they were taking his blood, I figured we had time to run by McDonalds for an ice cream which we did. I offered it to him several times on the way home but he wasn't ready for it, but when we got home and out of the car he ate the whole thing!!!! OMG, it felt so good to be able to take him for ice cream.

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Rosa

Proud Mom to Eli and Kodiak
and never to be forgotten, Shiloh and Shoshi
Every dog deserves to have a human that thinks its the greatest dog that ever lived!
Re: My dear sweet Eli [Re: Shilohsmom] #347709
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I am keeping my fingers crossed that steroids can enhance Eli's longevity and at the very least make him more comfortable. crossedfingers
So happy he was able to enjoy a delicious ice cream treat too.


Sean - 1998/2014
If there ever comes a day when we can't be together, keep me in your heart I'll stay there forever.
Carleton DOB unknown
Neely - 2003/2015
Gizmo -2008/2011
Neeko -1991/2005
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