Just in case any of you are trawling Facebook or Twitter, don’t be alarmed if you notice posts or comments about Finlay and bladder cancer. He was diagnosed with the TCC form of this mid-December but we chose not to announce it as we all wanted to enjoy the Christmas fun.
He had his 2nd scan Yesterday, Thursday, and it appears that the tumour has reduced slightly. He is being given Metacam for this, but had to have some stomach calming tablets as he was not keeping his food down, or in (know what I mean), but yesterday the Vet mentioned that this episode of giving his food away coincided with a virus in our local area. So, those tablets are being withdrawn in a couple of days when they are all gone, and it will be only the Metacam doing it’s hardest to keep the tumour at bay.
So far so good. Outwardly Fin shows no sign of being unwell. He has a voracious appetite and would give Kyla a good run for her money. He’s still extremely bouncy in the morning and demands his morning fussy before having breakfast (not like Kyla I’m sure!) – he won’t come out of the bedroom if he’s not had his fussy. I only get a little look in, and that’s if I barge in!
On the walks though we do experience “delays”. He’ll take for ages to have a pee, and then two steps later, he thinks he wants another and will spend ages again. And then, guess what, another two steps and another pee. Sometimes he tries to disguise this by pee-ing like a girl, but She’s cottoned on to that and knows what he’s doing. In the meantime I sit and wait, and then ‘cos I don’t want to pee in the same area as Fin, I’ll stop two steps and find my own spot to read and write pee-mail. Oh boy does it take time to get going – but none of us would have it any other way.
Fin will have another scan when he goes in for his next Cushings Stim test (early March), just so that She can have some peace of mind, so it’s business as usual, but on a much slower scale.
We wanted to try those Apocaps that are doing the rounds in the good ole’ US of A, but our Vet wants to stick with the Metacam for the time being – so if you know anydoggy out there suffering in a similar way to Fin, but being given Apocaps – give us a bark will ya!
RooOOoodles for now