Jo&Tex Posted January 10, 2012 Report Share Posted January 10, 2012 My 12 year old blind border collie Tex,is having some major health issues. I'm trying to figure out where we are heading. For those who don't know him, his story began when he was deliberately blinded when he was 5 month old puppy. He was owned by an 85 yr old man who became enraged when Tex and another dog ran off the property, as young dogs are prone to do. When the man got them back, he blinded both dogs by spraying their faces with WD40. The man's own family turned him in and the dogs became wards of the Spca. The man died and his estate was fined $200 for each dog. After many years in sanctuary, Tex came to live with me in 2005. He is completely blind but is a very determined, obsessive border collie who'd work the sheep if only I'd let him. I love him madly and he is my heart dog. This year, Tex seemed to be slowing down. He was off, but he's not a high energy dog anyways and his appetite was great. In December, I could see blood pooling behind the thick cataracts in Tex's eyes. I took him in and we did a blood and urine panel. The results were not good. Tex has internal bleeding, his liver is stressed and his kidney function is very poor. In addition, he had a roaring UTI. We started him on antibiotics, pred and some glaucoma drugs. We consulted with a veterinary Opthamologist who recommended removing Tex's useless eyes to make him more comfortable. We've tested every week since then and his liver numbers keep getting worse. We've put him on a low protein vegetarian diet, added milk thistle and took him off the pred. His ALT is double the normal range and his ALP has gone from 800+ to 1100+ in a week (normal range is 20-150). His kidneys are leaking blood and protein still and his pee has almost no colour. He has very little ability to hold his urine. He can go 6 hours thru the night and only about 2 hours during the day. The infection is still present after 3 courses of Clavamox and Novamoxin. We've done 5 sets of urinalysis, sent off 2 sets of bloodwork to the vet college of the U. of Guelph and we still havent found the cause of all this. The latest recommendation is to start testing for signs of inflammatory bowel disease and to xray him from tip to tail. Happily, altho the prognosis is dire, Tex is pretty much his old self. He is keen to go for brief walks, he plays with our pup, he still counter surfs and he has a terrific appetite for his food. He is not acting as sick as he is supposed to be. Vet care in Canada is expensive (the opthamologist charges $260/hour). I have a good job and can afford to keep doing this for a while but I'm beginning to question the need for this endless testing. If we find the source of the infection and bleeding, will it make a difference in the long run on a dog with this much organ damage? But, this is Tex and he's not just any dog to me. I feel like I owe it to him to keep going. The practical side of me says one thing and my heart says another. My partner has no comment because he once sent of one of his springer spaniel bitches for a $5000 pacemaker operation which sadly failed. I cant stand the thought of life without Tex. I'm a big believer in a day too soon rather than a day too late. I'm just not convinced that all this testing will guarantee me the quality of those remaining days. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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