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Poor Spider

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Spider is a sweet, well-mannered dog that has had his share of the unexpected.  When he came to us a year and a half ago, we quickly realized that he was having problems urinating and was having multiple accidents in the house, through no fault of his own.  We suspected that he had urethral spasms, but we needed to rule out other possibilities like infections, stones, blockages and abnormalities in his bladder.   Spider cheerfully tolerated a number of tests, catheterizations, x-ray and poking and prodding.  We tried every medication available – both traditional and homeopathic – to help him, yet nothing worked.  We were able to get him some relief through canine massotherapy and were fortunate that the massotherapist was willing to teach us how to massage him to loosen up his overly tight muscles.  After months of massotherapy and glucosamine supplements, the spasm subsided and Spider was able to urinate normally.  His adoption prospects, however, were not going well.  As soon as people learned that he had spasms, they passed him over.  Almost a year after Spider arrived, his tail suddenly developed bumps.  It looked as if he was stung or bitten by an insect and having an allergic reaction.  Yet, x-rays showed that part of his tail bone was dying.  Our only option was to amputate his tail.

Spider had about 5 months where he was doing well.  We were always reluctant to list him as a sanctuary dog, because we didn’t want to hurt his chances at adoption.  But, within the last month or so, Spider has developed some new symptoms of excessive thirst and his spasms are back, along with the need to urinate frequently.  We ran every possible test to check for infection, malfunctioning organs, diabetes, etc.  Everything came back normal.  Now, we are in the middle of testing for diabetes insipidus, using hormonal eye drops.

Spider, like all of our sanctuary dogs, has a permanent place in our program, if need be.

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Spider’s Heart

spSpider has had his share of medical oddities.  At a recent wellness exam, our vet discovered an abnormal heartbeat.  Spider had been and continues to be asymptomatic, but we needed to do further tests to find out what the problem was.  It seems that his heart beats normally at times and not-so-normally at other times.  There is no treatment needed at this point, just regular monitoring and a watchful eye.

Rest in Peace, Spider

Spider in oil

Today started out as any other day.  Spider had a good morning, enjoyed his breakfast and his after-breakfast nap.  He had been diagnosed with kidney disease about 4 months ago, but was doing well on his prescription food.  We had no idea what the rest of the morning would bring.

Spider always enjoyed sleeping in his crate and was the last one to get up after the breakfast naps.  When we went to wake him, we realized that all was not well.  He had passed away, peacefully, in his sleep.  It was most likely a heart attack.  He was the first to die at home.  He was the first to be cremated by the local funeral home.  True to form, Spider always led us to new experiences, even in death.

We miss you, Spider.  You were a favorite at the vet hospital and you always tried so hard to get people to like you.  Rest in Peace, sweet boy.  You will be with us always.