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Jul. 27th, 2004 | 09:51 pm
mood: sadheartbroken

I'm typing this out in my own voice, becaus this is a serious message.

A few days after Nigel first arrived here in Seattle, my husband noticed his stomach swelling. I noticed his fatigue, but attributed it to the heatwave going on here in the Pacific Northwest. (BTW, the houses here have no air conditioning - unbelieveable for us Floridians.)

Last week, the groomer suggested he might have worms, because of his distended belly. So, not knowing a "bulldog-friendly" vet, I contacted the Bulldog Club of Greater Seattle, to see who they recommend. I got the first available appointment, which was this morning.

Now, mind you, I am 37 weeks pregnant & just moved into a new house. We have 500 boxes all over the place & I am unable to lift anythign over 10 lbs.

Anyway, I had to lift Nigel to get into the car. I took along a fecal sample of his for testing. The vet said that his stomach DID look distended, but his fecal was clear. That meant the condition is worse.

After a day of testing, Nigel has heart failure. His heart is enlarged, due to stress (the move & the heat, probably), and it's caused edema - fluid accumulation in his stomach. The vet drained 3-4 cups of the stuff, and will have it analyzed, to make sure there's no cancerous cells. She also called the cardiologist to check Nigel, but that won't be till Friday.

Nigel will stay @ the vet's office till then, because it's air conditioned, the vet can check on him throughout the day, and it will relieve me of having to get him in & out of the car. I will do my best to visit him daily, but seeing as I have 2-3 weeks before I am due to give birth, my time is limited.

Now, if the fluid comes back positive for cancer, then the vet suggested we have to make The Decision. If the fluid is clear, then Nigel's heart condition can be treated - not cured. He will have maybe a few more months to live.

The vet explained that heart disease is congenital - it would've eventually happened. Just that the latest stresses caused it to happen now.

Nigel will turn 9 years old on Aug. 19. That's considered a long life for a bulldog. Coincidentally, our son is due to be born on Aug. 18.

Please, say a prayer for Nigel, my first baby. I love him so much. I've had him since he was 8 weeks old. I truly am devastated by this.

By the way, we are having air conditioning installed in our new home tomorrow. We made the decision before we found out about Nigel.

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from: mettalchikk
date: Jul. 28th, 2004 02:09 pm (UTC)
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Oh my!!! This is devastating news! Poor sweet Nigel! Our paws are crossed that he pulls through and is as comfortable during his convalescence as possible!

We installed a/c in our house this summer! The first summer we've had Fuggles! We discussed this before we even brought our baby home. My in-laws think it's so funny to tease us about it taking a dog to get us to put in a/c. They're not dog fans, obviously. We have to do everything we can for our babies. Fortunately for us our basset seems to love the heat. It never was a problem before.

Again, paws crossed... good wishes zooming your way and much love to Nigel.

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