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Some very sad news

Yesterday morning Finley was lethargic and not himself again, he took himself out into the garden and laydown under a bush and refused to move, so we took him back into the vets.
He saw Nicky again who had helped him last time, she scanned his chest and found he had more fluid around his heart. She managed to drain about 80ml’s of blood from a the sac around his heart that was making him sick, he perked up but she asked to keep him for observation for a few hours.

We came home and discussed what we should do if it happened again as he was suffering and agreed that if this happened to him again that we would let him go as it would be best for him, it wasn’t fair to keep him with us if he was in pain and having difficulty even breathing.

At about 4pm I got a call to say that he had been fine and barking for the last few hours but had gone quiet at about 3.15pm, they rescanned him and there was more fluid around his heart.
She asked what we wanted to do, we could have had them drain it again but it would have probably refilled and meant he would have to go back again in only a few hours so we decided that the best thing for him was to let him go.

He had, had tests and scans but no one was able to find a cause for the fluid build up. We will probably never know what caused it to happen.

My dad was with him when he went, his suffering and pain was gone and so was he.

Yesterday was a very sad day.

I ended up spending the night on the couch with our other dog Freddie last night as he wouldnt settle, he had never spent a night away from Fin in the 6 years that we have had him.
The next few days will be tough and I know that I will be crying still for a while, but it will get easier over time.

Finley was only 7 years old but it was his time to go.

August 2008 - Finley joined me to get my A-Level results, he was so tiny then.

August 2008 – Finley joined me to get my A-Level results, he was so tiny then.

He knew he wasn't allowed on the furniture, but looked so cute.

He knew he wasn’t allowed on the furniture, but looked so cute.

Looking like an old man this year in the vets waiting room.

Looking like an old man this year in the vets waiting room.


Pets at Home 30 Day Nutrition Challenge – part 4

Our 30 days are up and although Freddie has put on weight and is looking a lot healthier, Fin still needs to loose a fair amount.
Its a mixture of him stealing Freddies food and the toddler giving hers to him I think.

We are keeping them on the Wainwrights complete food as they seem to enjoy it and it is good for them, they are in much better body condition than they were on the supermarket own complete foods.

Talking to Sarah last week we agreed that we want Fin to lose his weight slowly over the next 6 months. So we will be going back again every couple of weeks to a month to see if they are still loosing, gaining or maintaining as they should.
The free health checks are brilliant and the scales are also in store to use if we wish. I really do recommend that health checks to anyone with a pet that they think might need a check over.

I love having a pet shop where the staff are so friendly and helpful and where we can take the boys in with us.

We need to pick up some special Christmas presents for them next time we are in for a check. We will get them some rawhide Christmas treats and they get new blankies every Christmas as well which I need to order.