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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-16-2018, 02:44 PM Thread Starter
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Azeruki Vom Alta-Tollhaus (Ruki)

Our beautiful Ruki has died. Ruki was one of Maika's last litter (the A Litter). He was only 5 years, 10 months old. Ruki had a very mild cough a few weeks ago. On February 10th we noticed his breathing was slightly labored. We took him to the emergency room at Michigan State University, thinking maybe he had bronchitis or mild pneumonia. I think they initially thought we were crazy as his symptoms were so mild. They were going to just have us take him home and follow-up with our own vet, but the intern wanted to do a quick u/s of his lungs. Upon u/s she saw some scant fluid around the lungs. She did a chest x-ray, and found extensive cancer in his lungs. You could not even see normal lung tissue - it was almost a complete white-out.

They had blastomycosis as a differential, so I latched on to that with all of my might. They had recommended euthanization, but I took him back to MSU internal medicine on Feb 12th. They did a urine antigen test and sent it to a lab in Indiana. Unfortunately the antigen test came back negative. MSU believes he had hemangiosarcoma.

Last night we noticed Ruki seemed to be working even harder to breathe, and could not get comfortable. For the first time ever, he did not want to play with his ball. At that point we realized we were holding on to him for our own sake, not his. We took him back to MSU and with my husband, son, and son's girlfriend we let him go. He went quickly and peacefully.

We are so heartbroken. I am thankful we had a week to process it, but it just seems so sudden. We honestly did not see this coming. I don't know how we will survive without our beautiful, happy Ruki.
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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-16-2018, 03:03 PM
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I'm so sorry for your loss, it's devastating.

may you find peace in knowing that Ruki is not
suffering, that you love him forever, and hopefully
he will find my Wiena on the other side of Rainbow
Bridge where they will play and be there to
join us when we get there.

you are in my thoughts
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I'm so very sorry for your loss.
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That is so heart breaking. I wish you well and healing. If the Rainbow Bridge is true, there are a lot of great dogs waiting for him.
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So sorry for your loss. Too young....Run free Ruki
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Iím so sorry for the loss of your Ruki


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post #7 of 13 (permalink) Old 02-19-2018, 10:54 AM
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Sorry to hear that you only had a week. A neighbor of mine had a week with her 6yo dog too. She was devastated. Didn't see her for half a year afterwards. I had 2.5 months with mine and I thought that was too soon.
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I'm very sorry to hear this sad news. Thanks for your story, though, as it tells me that sometimes minor symptoms are worth checking out. I hope that happy memories of Ruki will help you even as you miss him.
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I just feel like we had to have missed some symptoms along the way. He goes to the vet every six months, and she is a great vet. His weight was always on the low side, but that was the same his entire life. Now some of his funny mannerisms we are questioning. He had this really cute way he would stand, and sort of have his head low. Now we wonder if he did that because he couldn't breathe. He would sigh frequently, which we again just thought was a cute thing. I took him on a bike ride last spring, and he got really tired. We had to take forever to get home so he could keep resting. I thought he was just out of shape from winter. Now I wonder if he had cancer at that point. I guess it really doesn't matter either way.

The silence in our house is deafening. Now I am wondering if I eventually do want to get another dog. We loved Ruki so much, and we were so happy to have him.
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I hope you do feel like getting another dog someday, it's just too lonely
without one. (I have cats, but miss having the bond with a dog, but hubby
thinks at my age, 72, and with my walking issues, it really isn't feasible
to get another....that breaks my heart.).
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