All our dogs have the run of the house but initially we left Kizzie in the kitchen to sleep, just in case any disagreements broke out between our other dogs. Within the week she was upstairs hogging the bed every night!
As she was still anaemic we had to take her for regular blood tests to see if she was getting better & hopefully get her off the steroids eventually. As it was, this choice was made for us as the steroids started to damage her digestive tract & she became very ill. Fortunately her red blood count continued to rise without the steroids & we thought we were out of the woods.
One night she began scratching constantly & I could smell blood. On turning the light on she had scratched herself raw. We took her to the vets who was at a loss to what was wrong with her. He gave us steroid cream & medicated shampoo, but her back became inflamed & she lost most of her hair over the next month. Eventually after many medicated baths the inflammation went but she was totally bald.
After a month all her hair had fully grown back, her red blood count was nearly normal & we thought we could finally relax.
One morning in July her eyes began to get red & sore, so we took her to the vets who after a cursory examination told us it was hay fever & to keep her away from grass. As we live on a farm this was pretty impossible. We took her to a different vet who diagnosed an eye infection & gave us steroid eyedrops. After checking her over he asked us what we were doing about the tumour on her spleen. It felt like the ground had just opened up beneath me. He said that she had a lump in her abdomen which was most likely a tumour. We made an appointment to come back later in the week to have it looked at via ultrasound.
When we brought her home from Hampshire we knew she may not survive, she was at deaths door when she was found but she had fought her way back. We thought she was on the mend & to be told she may now have cancer when all we went to the vets for was a sore eye was devastating.
We took her back to the vets for her scan but the vet decided he would just operate as the scan would only show a lump, which he knew was already there. He told us if it was cancer & it was too far gone he would not bring her back up from the anaesthetic. We could not believe after all that she'd been through this was the end for her & we wouldn't see her again.
After the longest afternoon of my life the vet phoned to say he had removed her spleen as it did have a large growth on it, but she could come back home. We picked her up & brought her home, it was horrible to see her so weak & scared. That night I made a bed for her on the living room floor & slept on the floor next to her.