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As Long as He is Still Eating …

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At 12 1/2, Stone is showing his age.  He had a dental a few months ago and had a hard time coming out of the anesthesia.  We knew that this would be his last.  He developed a lump on his neck recently and luckily, it appears to be a benign blood vessel tumor with no real threat.  But, everyday, we wonder just how much longer Stone has.  It’s inevitable when you have super senior dogs and you see them aging by the day.  But, as long as he is still eating …

The Beginning of the End???

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Old Man Stone has gotten so frail as of late.  He is completely deaf.  The stenosis in his back still responds to the steroid injections, but his bowel incontinence has gotten worse.  Now, his bi-annual wellness exam revealed that he’s in the early stages of protein losing nephropathy.  This kidney disease seems to be so common among old greyhounds.  Stone has started a low protein prescription diet that he likes and medication to control the high blood pressure that often accompanies this type of kidney disease.  We are hoping that Stone sees his 13th birthday in a couple of months.

It is so hard to watch them age and we can’t help to wonder how much more time they have left.  All we can do is give them all the love and medical attention that they deserve and monitor them constantly.