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My sweet boy is not doing so well

May 25, 2016

I am sad. Rocco is not well, he seems to be declining. His sight in his good eye is failing. He can still see, but not very well. When he tries to concentrate on something his eye doesn’t seem to want to cooperate. When I take him for walks he crashes into stuff, and when we play bubbles he can hardly even see them. He goes after the ones on the grass, because they are not moving.

well, it's In-N-Out
Going to In-N-Out

He is eating fine, he can get around fine, he seems to be going potty and all those sorts of things fine. I just see him struggling with his sight now, and is afraid to do things. Even on our walks, he just doesn’t seem as happy go lucky as he has always been. Every noise freaks him out, its just so sad! Everything he loves has been taken away. He cant play with the soccer balls, or any toys really. He cant even enjoy the walks anymore. He just lies around. I have to go to work each day so he just lays there on the couch. He doesnt run up and down the hill chasing squirrels, checking out the yard, he just doesn’t have interest in it anymore (probably because he cant see!).Well, It is heart-breaking. This is all happening too fast! I get one thing sort of under control, and then a new problem arises. I just wish there was something I could do to slow it all down a bit.

I’ve been taking him for rides. He still loves to go in the car. I took him to In-N-Out the other night, and of course got him a cheeseburger. He loved both! I have been feeding him lots of good stuff (maybe not good for him, but he loves it). Wet food so he gets some doggy nutrition, then I give him boiled chicken covered in turkey gravy, or fast food burgers, tapioca pudding, all sorts of soft stuff like that.

Every once in a while he goes over to the toys and acts like he wants to play! He has this one squishy yellow ball that has been one of his favorites for a long time. We played kick ball with it the other night. He had fun! It was a little spurt of energy and ‘Rocco’ was back for a few minutes.

The vet said that once his sight starts to go in the good eye, that means that the tumor is either working its way up into the brain or over to the other optic nerve.  We all felt like this was going to be months away, but its all happening so fast!

I don’t think he is suffering. as in pain, but he is suffering in that he cant play, he cant go on walks (well, he can, but its not so fun). He can however, sit on my lap & get lots of love. Im afraid the end is near, but  how will I know when to allow it to happen? The rest of his body is very healthy – its just this stupid cancer that’s the problem.

I’m a little worried. Tumor or side effect?

May 3, 2016

I am a little worried about Rocco (more than before). He has had this odd behavior lately. I dont know if its from the Rimadyl (thats the only medication he is on) or if its the tumor affecting his brain.

<a href="http://www.puppydoggies.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/04/IMG_1132 cheap amoxicillin 500 mg.jpg”>Odd behavior - He will look at his toys, and I can tell he wants to play with them, but is afraid it will hurt - so he wont!
He will look at his toys, and I can tell he wants to play with them, but is afraid it will hurt – so he wont!

I did reduce the Rimadyl dose, thinking that he would feel a little more like himself if he wasn’t so doped up. It’s funny, Rimadyl is only an anti-inflammatory, but he just kind of has this odd behavior. He lays there staring off into space. He will run outside and stand on the patio and just stare off into space – then come running in like something scared him. This morning he acted like he was afraid to go outside. I went out with him, he went potty and then ran back in the house. He got up on the couch ‘behind’ me! He doesn’t normally do that. Normally he checks out the backyard for a while, comes in and may lay on the couch, but today he was acting strange. I finally got him to relax and he had some breakfast and laid in his normal spot on the couch.  I had to go to work, but I felt better about things when I left.

Last night he was stuck to me like velcro. If I got up to go to the bathroom, he came with me. He stood right next to me as I washed the dishes, and as I folded the clothes from the dryer. He isn’t acting like he is in pain, its just like something is bothering him. Almost like he is afraid of something.

I called the vet this morning and am awaiting his call back. I just want to see if this is normal on the medication – or if they think it could be that the tumor has reached into his brain and that is what is causing the odd

behavior changes. I love Rocco so much, I don’t want him to suffer. I want my crazy puppy back! I want him to be healthy and happy and everything he was before this all started.