Thursday, February 19, 2009

Marty = Worry

8pm: Update: Marty is having a rough day (as am I). He has been wobbly, and bad since around 1pm today. As I know the after effects of the pill I give him for his vet visits, I wasn't too worried earlier, but now tonight, I am worried. I did some reading and seems this drug can have effects for over 12 hours! He is still very weird. He has "flopped" over twice on me and is just not himself. I am trying to sort out is it the pill, has cancer spread, or does he indeed have elongated palette that is causing BIG trouble. I'm trying to take one step at a time, but it is hard. I don't want to be too anxious, because I KNOW he is in tune with me and feeds off my energy. Please keep us in your thoughts tonight, that by morning he'll be feeling better.....and so will I.

Noon: Update: Marty was only 85% bad at the vet today...vs...his usual 120% bad! The vet feels the "passing out" is airway problem and to do with elongated palete. This surgery is not one my vet does, as it is a specialist type thing and of course is expensive (aren't they all?). The vet doesn't feel Marty's problem is too bad, although he did caution me that one of these times he "might not wake up".....sigh.....

On a worse note, the vet believes the lump under Marty's arm is a mast cell tumor. Understand that is from visual review only. Because of Marty's distress at the vet's, a needle biopsy is not the way to go with him. It is doubtful we could have even done it. They were able to do a draw for some bloodwork as I held him and got him very relaxed for that....all 27 pounds of him! Silly guy! The vet is 95% sure it is mast cell and warned these are usually malignant. I guess in my heart I've felt this for a while, but was watching the lump for change. Any vet visit is upsetting to him and at nearly 10, I don't want to stress him out any more than he has to be. They can also not do his anesthia the normal way as he gets completely unglued, so he will have to be sedated prior to be putting under....gosh....

I will be taking next Wednesday morning off to be there with him. The good news is they'll be able to cut his front toe nails while he is "sleeping". Once we get through this we'll think about the other surgery......

This morning I am taking Marty to the vet. Over the 2+ years he has lived with us, he has "fainted" 3 times....that is 3 times that I've actually witnessed. The first time I heard him coughing during the night, I thought he was going to be sick, so I put him off the bed onto the floor and he literally fell over...flat...out...cold. I shook him (great CPR, eh?) and he just looked at me like I was NUTS. The second time happened about 12 months ago. He was in the hallway and was doing his little grunty cough thing...and over he went. The last time it happened was last weekend. He was standing in the kitchen by me....did his coughy, grunty, thing and PLOP. I yelled for P, while yelling "marty, marty"...he came too, looked at me and was like "what?".

Yesterday when I came home at lunchtime. The gang greeted me by the door, we all went into the kitchen for fresh water..I looked over at Marty and saw his back end starting to go over. He did not pass out that time and in my mind I thought...well, maybe his legs are asleep, he got a cramp, the moon is full of blue cheese...get my drift?

I immediately called the vet and described the antics. I am taking him in today at 10am. Please send good vibes our way. Marty has a HUGE dislike of going to the vet and ANY kind of attention. He will have to have his "calm your butt down Marty drugs" 2 hours before our appointment. He will be going back to work with me to relax for the rest of the day..under my watchful eye.

Many things are floating around in my head...heart trouble, liver trouble.....not what I want for my little guy. He has always been a noisy Pug. Grunty, grumbly, coughs when he gets crazy. Anyone else ever have anything like this??????

29 comments:

Corrine said...

Best of luck at your appt. today. We will be thinking of you & Marty.

Salinger The Pug said...

Poor Marty!

Lots of happy Puggy thoughts headed your way today!

I'll smack mom for you...she keeps giggling thinking of what it must look like for a pug to faint. She's very inappropriate.

Keep us posted and good luck Marty!

Love,
Salinger

Pug(s) and Bugg said...

We hope the little man is ok! Keep us updated!!!!

girlville said...

oh i hope marty is okay! that's odd that it happens when he coughs????

Tink said...

could it be a seizure? My friends pug had them and is put on medication for them and he's okay now.. I have to medicate my Zoe before vet appoinments as well. Good luck and let us know how the cutie pie makes out..

Swampgirl said...

Poor Marty! Hope he is OK and does not stress out too much at the Vet!

Pam said...

I hope Marty is okay!! I'll be thinking about you guys today!

Rosie said...

Marty, Wishing you good luck at the vet - I hope they don't poke you too much!!

Goodboy Norman Featherstone said...

We are thinking about Marty today! Please keep us updated!

Sandy said...

Poor little Marty. Hopefully, it's something they can treat with medicine. Aunt Sue's little Jackson falls out but does not go unconscious. But it's like he can't move. It does not last long at all. Usually when he sees another cat or dog out on a walk. It scares her so bad. I'll ask her what the vet said about that but she's not home right now.

"M" said...

I am thinking good thoughts for Marty.

Marlene said...

Scary! I would be terrified if this happened to Marlene! Wishing the best for your Marty!

Lex said...

We are thining of you!!!
Hope everything goes alright.

Pearl and Daisy said...

Oh, I'm so sorry. There is still a chance it's benign, though right? I hope and pray that it is.

Hugs to you and Marty,

Sue

Sandra y Coco said...

Poor Marty, I didn't know he was 10years old. We'll be thinking of Marti and you, hoping for the best for him. :(

Leah said...

Oh Punchy, we are thinking of you and Marty. After Oscar's bump scare last week (I was sure it was a mast cell tumor) I know how you feel. Sending lots of love and puggy kisses!

Goodboy Norman Featherstone said...

Oh, poor Marty. We are definitely praying for him. Even if it is a mast cell tumor, it doesn't mean it's spread. Most of them are grade 1 and isolated to the skin, so stay positive. Norman had three grade 1 tumors removed over a period of a year, and he's just fine :)

Rosie said...

Lots of pug loves to Marty and Mommy today :)

Lex said...

Oh the poor boy!!

I hope everything goes well and because the mass hasn't been diagnosed it.. it could still be benign!

Leah said...

I am so sad to read Marty was having a rough night. Hope he is better today. Poor baby.

Pam said...

Aw poor Marty, my husband and I are thinking of you all.

Pam said...

Aw poor Marty, my husband and I are thinking of you all.

Neas Nuttiness said...

I'll keep you all in my prayers!
My George has these "fainting spells" He has a colapsing trachea. Scares the daylights out of me every time he does it.
Last time he was "put under" he stopped breathing when he was taken off the anthesthesia.
Please know that you and Marty are in my thoughts and prayers!

Wanda said...

Marty and family we are saying our prayers for you. Take care and be strong little fella!

Clover said...

Hi Punchy,
Sorry to hear Marty's news - I sure hope he is feeling better now and that he doesn't have any more of those episodes. We will be thinking good thoughts for you - we are here if you need us!
Love Clover & Jess
P.S. Sending lots of extra hugs and kisses for Marty.

Nevis said...

((((HUGS))))

Sandy said...

Punchy, you all are in my prayers. I'm glad you can be with him next week and I'll be sending good thoughts for a better result than the vet is thinking. It's so hard to go through all this and so many of us have been through it and know what you are feeling. Kiss that boy for me.

SassyDog said...

Fuji and I will be praying for Marty! I had a pug with epilepsy, that is very common in pugs. Now my little chihuahua is having some type of seizure. Once you start medication, it has to be taken same time everyday or they will have another seizure. I hate it when our beloved pets are sick. Thinking of you and Marty.

AM said...

I cant even imagine a fainting pug. That sounds terribly scary. You need to sit Marty down and explain that the Vet is the one that can help him feel better, so he needs to calm down and do his part to get better!

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