Sunday, November 6, 2016

CHANGES TO THE GROUP IN FLORIDA

From the archives.

M&D say that it's depressing, but we need to get y'all caught up on the other changes that have occurred to TBH&K.

On our very first day in Florida in September 2012 we all went out romping in our new fenced in yard; unfortunately we think that JEB frolicked too much and got bloated.  Dad initially thought JEB had heat exhaustion and gave him a cool bath but when he didn't appear to respond the D took him to a nearby Emergency Vet around 10 PM.  The vet said that JEB had been bloated and was unlikely to recover so after a few hours of consulting with the M it was decide to let JEB go on without his pain.  Dad was holding him while the ER Vet helped JEB on his way to the Rainbow Bridge.  Definitely not a happy introduction to our new lifestyle in FL. The D would only let us outside for a little while at a time and never when it was very hot.  He was over cautious for quite a while but we all eventually adapted to our new environment.  Things change but life goes on.

J.E.B.

In 2014 the D found Jubal panting and having a hard time breathing; his bark had been starting to sound weird but we all attributed it to him getting up there in years since he was just about 14 years old.  Dad immediately took him to our local vet but after examining Jubal they had the D take him immediately to a specialist vet about an hour away.  When the D got there the emergency vet was waiting and Jubal had an oxygen mask put on and was taken in back for xrays and other test.  Jubal was diagnosed with laryngeal paralysis; he needed emergency surgery but the surgeon was at another emergency vet hospital in Tampa so the D took Jubal there.  When they arrived a team met them with an emergency cart and took Jubes in for an emergency laryngeal tieback surgery.  He was held a few days for recovery and observation but recovered well.  He had an adverse prognosis for further General Neurological Paralysis.  The vet said his condition could worsen within the next year but he was good to go.  Jubal celebrated his 15th birthday in 2015 in pretty good physical condition.  Sadly, as Jubal approached his 16th birthday his general overall neurological paralysis worsened significantly and he had great difficulty getting up and with walking. As Jubes' quality of life deteriorated he held his mental acuity and senses.  But the M&D could see he was experiencing a loss of dignity and quality of life.  It was time to let Jubal go when he could no longer get up or walk without major effort and assistance.  The M&D called Doc Murphy and brought Jubal in to let him go; the both held Jubes in their arms, soothing his head as he painlessly went to sleep and off to the Rainbow Bridge to reunite with his buddy JEB.

JUBAL

That's about it for today.  We remembered to set our clocks back last night (or this morning).  Remember to "hound" your humans to get out and vote this Tuesday.  We all have our own opinions but they don't matter if you don't vote.  If you don't vote then you forfeit your right to complain about how our government is operated, so

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General Neurological Paralysis

Unfortunately,, although M&D weren't aware of it,  Jubal's condition is not that uncommon.  You can get more information about it on this webpage:  https://www.purinaproclub.com/resource-library/pro-club-updates/laryngeal-paralysis-is-first-sign-of-general-neurological-paralysis/


2 comments:

Molly and Mackie said...

We are so very sorry to hear about J.E.B. and Jubal. Our best friends leave us far too soon.

Cori_DVM said...

Jubal was an amazingly sweet boy! I know he and JEB are missed dearly by you. I wish I would've had the chance to meet JEB. It is obvious how much he still is and will always be loved by you. All your fur babies are blessed to have you and I'm blessed to be their Vet!

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