Dachshund Cocoa Needs Help

Well, after my last post about Dachshund Luke needing his spleen removed  I realise how lucky we are. You see we had the money to pay for his operation and Dachshund Luke has owners that love him.

This week I found out from one of my friends about little Dachshund Cocoa.

 Her owner recently died and she is looking after little Cocoa because the owners family wanted to put her to sleep.

Her vet has found a lump and they are not sure yet if it is cancer.

Dachshund Cocoa’s foster mum has just started a blog that will follow her care and operation.

She is hoping that Cocoa will then be adopted and the new owners can carry on the blog.

Cocoa’s operation will cost a lot of money so she has put a donation button on the page for anyone who has a spare dollar or two. All of the money will go to help Cocoa get better and well enough to go to a forever home.

Michelle (the foster mum) plans to add videos of Cocoa at the vet and document her treatments and recovery.

Dachshund lovers please support the new website and pop in from time to time to see how Cocoa is doing by visiting: www.dachshundcocoa.wordpress.com

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Dachshund Luke Spleen Removed

Dachshund Luke had his Spleen removed a couple of weeks ago.

We had found a long lump on the side of his body – we were still in Spain at the time and the local vet informed us it was fatty tissue.

When we returned to USA we took Luke to his vet to get his local rabies certificate and of course mentioned the “fatty tissue”. This led to strange looks from the vet, mentions of an unlikely place to have fatty tissue and then and x-ray. We soon realised that this was not going to be a quick visit to get his certificates up to date but did not comprehend how sick Luke was.

After looking at the x-ray the vet showed us the lump – it took up most of his little body cavity! We were told that his spleen was very enlarged and that there were two lumps attached, one the size of a baseball! I can not explain how shocked we were by this news and how scared we were when the vet said that he wanted to operate of Luke ASAP and that we were to prepare ourselves for the worst. He said that there is a good chance that this is cancer and may have already spread into the rest of his body, he might have to call us during surgery so that we could decide if we want him to continue or put him to sleep.

He sent us home to decide if we wanted to go ahead with the operation in the morning or wait a few days to spend time with him. I cried and cried thinking about losing him and of course blamed ourselves for not bringing him back from Spain sooner.

My husband and I talked all while Dachshund Luke played with a ball. We decided to take him in for the operation in the morning. After spending a few hours searching the internet for more information we had to stop – most sites gave a low survival chance.

Well, I have to tell all our Dachshund friends that he survived the operation (better than us!) and the biopsy showed that he did not have cancer. We are so happy to be able to spend more time with little Dachshund Luke and to see him so healthy.

Dachshund Luke sunbathing his shaved belly

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