Zane’s veterinary drama…

Poor old Zane. He’s going to be eleven this year and he’s had mast cell cancer. I’ve been doing what I can to see that he’s got a comfortable life. For the most part, he’s responded well. He still likes playing, eating, and taking naps and walks. Yesterday morning, he woke up early and threw up some slimy grass. I thought nothing of it, since it’s not uncommon for dogs to be sick in the morning, when they have an empty stomach.

After he ate his breakfast, he seemed fine. Then, at around 3:00pm, he threw up again. Suddenly, he was throwing up clear mucous. When Bill got home at about 5:30pm, I asked him to take Zane to the local vet, which was open until 6:00pm. Bill took Zane in and the vet gave him some medicine.

Within a couple of hours, Zane had bloody diarrhea. I implored Bill to take him to Tierklinik Hofheim, which is supposedly one of the best facilities in Germany. Our old vets in Herrenberg told me about it when we lived near Stuttgart. Now, we are about 16 minutes away from it. Bill was initially reluctant, but I insisted. He took Zane in and was gone for hours. I fell asleep for about an hour, then woke up. It was after midnight and they still weren’t back. I thought Zane was a goner.

At almost 1:00am, Bill came home with Zane, who was looking decidedly better. It sounds like he had a mild case of HGE (hemorrhagic gastroenteritis). The vet also noticed the slow growing mass on his side, as well as enlarged lymph nodes. She wasn’t super concerned, but advised a biopsy. I’m not sure I want to do that, since he’s almost eleven and surgeries are hard on all of us. I had a bad feeling about that lump when it arose, but our vets in Herrenberg were very conservative. It’s been there for at least 15 months, though.

We managed to sleep a few hours. Whatever the vet gave Zane stopped the diarrhea and vomiting. He ate a little breakfast and is now under the covers on our bed. Vets don’t know what causes HGE, but if it’s left untreated, it can be fatal. Hopefully, he’ll be on the mend over the weekend.

He’s tired, but seems better.