Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Another week

Took Jack to the Vet earlier than needed for his Blood Check this week - he was off his food, looked "sad" and was just flat. The results came through that his blood count was low - have decided to keep him back from his dog walking this week. He will be miserable when I get home as today will be his first day all alone, ever in his life! He has always had someone with him during the day, so I am expecting a ballistic welcome home. I came home from work early yesterday to take him to the Vet, and then he slept pretty well all afternoon/night.

I have tried crushed red kidney beans which had been suggested in How to Help Your Dog Fight Cancer but it doesn't appear to make much difference with him. The Oncologist told me that it seems Schnauzers drop more than other dogs and take longer to recover.

Gave him a lovely weekend to make up for him feeling flat - we went to a dog beach on Saturday, was a beautiful day here in Sydney - really sunny and warm and he had a great time. Of course this was before the advice that he not mix with other dogs at the moment .... OOPS! I took some great photos, which I will upload.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

The treatment goes on

Jack back at Animal Referral Hospital yesterday where he saw the Oncologist, Dr Tony Moore. Still in remission - got his chemo drugs and was as lively as anything afterwards, when we stopped off at the beach on the way home. Was racing along the beach with his bandage on, swimming and all. He got a special treat with new bowls that sit up high from the floor so he doesn't have to bend over ... precious.

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Hoping for treatment

Jack sees his new Specialist tomorrow and I have my fingers crossed that his White Blood Cell count will have recovered enough for the treatment. I really would love for his chemo protocol to be finished in time for Easter.

I have booked a beach house right on the sand at Blueys Beach, about 4 hours north of Sydney and I really feel like I will need to get away by then. I have deliberately spent as much time with Jack as possible and because he gets nervous now if I take him to other people's homes, life has been fairly quiet. He was always a dog that could go anywhere, be comfortable with anyone, but now he gets anxious when away from home for too long.

He was eating well on the weekend and was chasing a 8 month old Scottie pup around the hills and rocks at Dover Heights on Saturday afternoon. You would never have known he was sick by the way he was moving!