Breed: Doberman Pinscher
We knew it was a long shot but this sweet old man deserved a chance. Mac is miserable his cough is deep, and constant and today we got some better diagnostics to tell us what is wrong with this guy. First and foremost he has Heartworms that are so very bad, they have damaged his lungs forming granulomas that will never get better. He has cancer in various places in his body, one growth on his ear that would require removing his whole ear. Dr. Reno took some needle biopsies on a couple of other places and not only did she find spindle cells which are indicative of cancer she also found microflaria which heart worms in the needle biopsy. She has never, ever seen that before, his heart worms have consumed his body and are even in his skin.
The radiologist said his lungs are horrible, Heartworms and most likely a fungal infection, his heart is enlarged on one side and we aren’t even sure if it’s just due to heart worms or if his heart is in failure. The caveat was with final infections you cannot use steroids, and with heartworm infestation you have to use steroids so its a catch 22. We have no idea how old this boy is but he has been suffering for a very long time and because of that we would never be able to get him well. Quality of life is everything when weighing decisions and we can’t find a path to bring him quality so today he will be helped over the bridge.
I’m sorry your life has been so bad, we wish we could have saved you sooner, we will focus on your sister Cheese and always think of you when caring for her.
Rest In Peace sweet boy.
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