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NumberNine Not Doing So Well

Jun 26, 2010 - 13 comments

After doing so well after having her spleen removed and her quick return to being her old self, NumberNine is now acting strange again.  I'm so distraught and feel so helpless - there's nothing I can do.  My daughter disagrees with everything I suggest and all I want to do is cry.  The vets want her to stay on meds which prevent her anxiety but make her so doped up she can hardly stand.  Before her spleen was removed the vets thought she was acting strange because she was in pain and Akitas tend to hide their pain.  But now it's something else.  It could be mini strokes, mild seizures or something to do with the brain.  She really fights her "anti-anxiety" meds; she hates them.

It is so hurtful to have my theories about NN dismissed.  I never tell many people about myself - just let them think I'm stupid (maybe I am) but I do know that there are things that can be done if she is having mini strokes or seizures without doping her up.  I lash out at people and I know my behavior is bizarre because nobody is telling me anything.  I don't think the vets know what's wrong with NN.  IMHO, all we can do is wait.

I love that dog so much that if we lost her, I don't know what I'd do.  I'm just crying here because of what my dearest friend is going through.  Yes, a dog can be my dearest friend; she's always been there for us and I feel so powerless to do anything for her.  After I had my heart attack, she was so protective - all the dogs were.  She was more understanding than my family.  Oi, this is turning into a rant.  I just want prayers or good thoughts send to NN if anyone who reads this is willing to do it.

Thank all of you who have asked and been interested in how NN has been doing.

The picture above is one of my favorites  = )

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by flmagi, Jun 26, 2010
I'm so sorry to hear NN isn't doing well. I know how hard it can be, to watch your best friend suffer. I lost my dearest friend, Mimi, a few months ago and my heart is still breaking.
Sending prayers for Number Nine.

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by margypops, Jun 26, 2010
I am so sorry lonewolf to hear this , I have been so busy lately I hadnt heard your story about your dear dog,I know how you feel ,I love all animals and its so hard when they are sick,  I am thinking about you and her and hoping for the best , that is a great pic of her ...hugs marg

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by Dazon50, Jun 26, 2010
I am saddened also to hear that things are not going well for #9.  You have such a wonderful relationship with her.  She must know how much you love her and hurt for and with her.  I believe that is a comfort to her as she has been to you in the past. You both are in my thoughts/prayers.


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by specialmom, Jun 26, 2010
Oh no.  She was doing so well!  I'm so sad for NumberNine and you.  But she could rebound again, don't lose hope.  My dog had a bad back-------- as I later learned and would have spells of pain that would make her hide under the bed, not eat, be visibly uncomfortable.  She took a dog dose of an anti steroidal medication and got better.  As I saw her acting in pain again--------- I'd give her that medicine for a day or two and she'd not go into the pain episode.   She was about 14 at that time when it started. I just tell you that because Dog's can't tell you what is wrong and often you will see the same reaction from them for different things.  Maybe she has pain somewhere.  I don't know.  I just feel really terrible for her and you and just want to fix it.  

What makes us human is the great love we feel.  And with that love can come such pain.  The level of pain is a measure of the level of love.

I say prayers that she will feel better, recover completely and that you will have peace at this time.  Hugs to you and Number Nine.

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by swampcritter, Jun 26, 2010
Poor dog critter.

Swampy can't really offer advice, but is thinking of lonewolf and the critters.

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by April2, Jun 26, 2010
Oh lonewolf, I'm so sorry to hear this! I was so happy to hear how well he was doing. Maybe there reallly is something else going on? I think we don't give our "gut instincts" enough credit. You know something is wrong.
I certainly understand that bond between pets and humans. Pets give us unconditional love, something we all could learn something from.
Keep praying, LW. I will pray for NumberNine as well.
Peace and blessings to you and all your critters. Love,

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by jimi1822, Jun 26, 2010
I am so sorry my Good Friend and Sister Lonewolf : ( my heart felt Prayers go out to you and NumberNine and I will be sure to light a candle of special intent with some <3 felt prayers and a gift of Charity to our Brothers and Sisters in need at this time.

                                                                           Faith, Love, and prayers......

                                                                                                            jimi (little wing)


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by Sarajmt, Jun 26, 2010
I am so very sorry to hear this.  It must be tearing you apart.  Watching a beloved pet suffer is just as painful to me as watching one of my children suffer.  So I know it must be for you as well.

Lets hope this is just a small setback and will pass.  That your beloved numbernine will come through this to love and protect you for many more years.  

My hopes and prayers and with you both.


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by mikeysmom750, Jun 26, 2010
I'm so sorry to hear she ant doing well. I will send her many prayers, good thoughts and hope for her to get well. You are not stupid my friend. She is not your dog, she is your best friend. Your child, a family member. So do not ever think your crazy or stupid for trying to do what's best or at least trying to figure out a better solution to the problem. I mean what kind of life is being doped up all the time? Anyone who thinks your crazy ask of them if they would dope up their own child ad the vet wishes to do with NN with that medication! It is not the proper solution. That's for sure. Remain true to yourself. You know her best as does every mother know their child. I hope a better and more satisfying solution for you both! It's heart breaking watching them hurt, suffer...we are their voice and they depend on us to know them well enough to know what is best for them and what is not. I pray that you find it and soon! Big hugs and lots of hope!! Hang in there Hun!!

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by Jaybay, Jun 26, 2010
Great advice from mikeysmom.  :-)  wolfie, if you think the meds are harming more than they're helping, then discontinue them and see what happens.  NN's care is your responsibility, not your daughter's.  You'll just have to agree to disagree and do what you think is right.  That's a GREAT picture by the way!

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by ginger899, Jun 26, 2010
Oh hey! I am so sorry you and NumberNine are going though this. I have been thinking of both of you on and off for a week or two now, and hoping all was going well for her.
I agree with Jaybay...what I was about to say she already said. If your instincts are really screaming out at you about this, then try and see what happens without the drugs.

I know I had to take anti-anxiety meds for panic attacks when I was 19. They made me feel so doped, so terrible, I was seeing double, I could hardly move, had little appetite, I only had the first hour of each day when I had anything LIKE normal energy, and as soon as the tablets went down, there I was laid out on the breakfast bench in the kitchen, unable to move, couldn't even get upstairs to go back to bed!
I flushed them down the toilet, though the doctor said how I needed them. I felt so much better. My problems still rose to the surface sometimes, and I coped with them my own way. They eventually passed off.

So anyway, I know these medicines do have their place for certain conditions. But they MIGHT not be what NumberNine needs....I don't know.
God bless you, and NumberNine. She loves you and you love her. I love my Misty with a very big deep love, so I feel for you two.

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by shochat, Jun 27, 2010
Ohhh I'm so sorry to hear that Number Nine is not doing well.  Maybe the meds are making her sick.  Have you considered taking her to an vet who practices alternative medicine?  I think you should get a second opinion from a holistic vet, they can look at blood tests, and other tests and balance her out with chinese herbs, homeopathy, acupuncture and diet.

One of my neighbor's dog had problems walking, the specialist said that she had a inoperable tumor on the spine, put her on pain meds and prednisone, she just got worse, couldn't walk at all, got disoriented and stopped eating--they were so scared that they might have to euthanize her.  They got a second opinion, the second vet said that she wasn't in pain at all, took her off the pain meds.  Then, they took her to a holistic vet who prescribed a Chinese herbal remedy to dissolve the tumor.  Now she still limps but runs around the park, eats well and looks so happy.  

My personal experience, my dog had symptoms of Cushing's in January.  I took him to a holistic vet who gave him chinese medicine, recommended homemade food and I added in another homeopathic remedy.  Now, he doesn't have any of those symptoms.  Even the vet couldn't believe it when I informed her.

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by stacys_aunt, Jun 30, 2010
                                                                                                       GOD BLESS,
                                                                                                       BEVERLY :)

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