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My dog, Shawny, is so sick. She has had multiple tests at the vet and the results show that she has multi-system failure. That means that her internal organs are shutting down. We are trying to treat the one possible illness that can be treated without agressive intervention and hospitalization.
Apparently there have been a few dogs in town that have been diagnosed with listeriosis. That's a serious bacterial illness that was in the news a couple of years ago. At the time,it was spread by tainted processed meats. If you remember, people died from it. I'm waiting for the results of the test done to confirm whether Shawny has listeriosis.
She has stopped eating, her abdomen is swollen and she has numerous other signs of serious illness. From what I've read and what I've experienced with my last dog (who also died of unspecified organ failure), I don't think Shawny is going to live much longer.
The vet said that other causes of her symptoms are essentially not treatable.
It's really hard to watch her going downhill. I'm just spending as much time with her as I can and being gentle with her.

posted on Nov 26, 2010 8:39 AM ()


OH!wow,what can I say.This is tragic.Believe me I know what you are going
through.Our first dog die as we were on vacation and not here to see him pass.Hate this but does happen.the secret of all of this.Think of all the wonderful memory of him.This will help you to cope.Good luck and take care.We will be thinking of him.
comment by fredo on Nov 27, 2010 2:15 PM ()
I'm so sorry about Shawny.
comment by nittineedles on Nov 26, 2010 11:36 PM ()
This is so sad, and I'm so sorry. Hugs to you both, and sincere wishes that she won't suffer needlessly.
comment by troutbend on Nov 26, 2010 6:51 PM ()
She's not whining or trembling so I hope she's not suffering.
reply by nursekim on Nov 26, 2010 7:06 PM ()
Bless your heart, I am sooo sorry. Our pets become our children and it is so difficult when they have to leave us. I still grieve over my pit bull, Ceasar, who had to be put down nine years ago due to congestive heart failure. I understand how you feel. Please know you and Shawny are in my thoughts and prayers. I hope the vet will be able to help.
comment by gapeach on Nov 26, 2010 10:55 AM ()
Thank you for your thoughts. She's hid herself under the porch steps and I go under there with her and remember our walks in the woods. She still looks so beautiful and perfect, it's hard to believe.
reply by nursekim on Nov 26, 2010 7:04 PM ()
Kim I am so sorry to hear about Shawny, poor dog,what awful news,and such a sad time for you. I know how fond you have become of her in the short time you have been together,and what a good companion she has been. I wish there was something I could do to help you.
comment by maryc on Nov 26, 2010 10:44 AM ()

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