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One lucky dog

posted June 12th, 2013 by
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It’s almost been a year since our family found out our beloved Boston Terror has a heart tumor. When Yoda had heart surgery last August, we were told the average life-span post operation was about three months.

While the tumor could not be removed, the procedure put a window in the pericardial sac to prevent fluid from putting pressure on his heart.

Recently, I had to make an emergency trip to OVS because Yoda was struggling to breathe. Fluid had started to build around his lungs, making it difficult for them to expand. A chest tap removed the fluid and an ultrasound showed that the tumor has only grown by a couple of millimeters over the last 10 months.

Yoda came home the next day a brand new dog. And I am one thankful dog momma.

Having each of my six animals around is a daily blessing, but Yoda in particular continues to be a powerful reminder of that fact.

I hope he sticks around for a while, but whether it be weeks, months or maybe even another year, this little dog has certainly made a big impression on my heart.

-Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

New territory

posted August 30th, 2012 by
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After recently learning that Yoda has a mass on his heart, I’ve been paying extra attention to any changes in his habits, appearance, etc. Since Yoda is my first dog as an adult, I’ve never been responsible for a sick or aging dog. This is new territory and I’m not really sure what to expect.

It might be fair to say that I’ve gone a bit to the extreme and have maybe become overly sensitive in my watchfulness over Yoda. I find myself questioning everything from the length of his naps to the two pieces of kibble he left in his bowl this morning.

So the other day, when my husband mentioned the dog might look bloated (one of the first symptoms we noticed before his diagnosis), I immediately took Yoda to our family vet.

The entire drive over I was practically in tears, sure the fluid had already built back up and there was nothing more that could be done for my buddy. In fact, I was so upset I failed to notice how excited he was to get in the car or even that he hopped into our SUV on his own — no easy feat for a little Boston.

Once inside the veterinarian’s office, a weight check showed he had gained four pounds in less than a month! I was sure my worst fears were confirmed. The fluid was back.

However, our veterinarian felt no fluid in his abdomen and his heart and lungs sounded great. A little confused, I asked what could possibly explain the sudden weight gain. Glancing at my baby girl, our veterinarian asked about her eating habits.

Oh. I quickly put two and two together.

The weight gain wasn’t all bad, however. Yoda lost a little bit of weight when he was sick and recovering from surgery and he is still a pound less than his normal weight. His eating well now means that he is feeling much better than he did before he had surgery.

He has even been cleared to continue snacking under the high chair so long as he also continues to burn the calories off in the back yard. I have never left the vet’s office feeling so silly or relieved.

 -Lauren Cavagnolo