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Jack has gone to heaven 7 months 3 weeks ago #43399

Hi all, just a message to say our 7 year old DH Jack was put to sleep last week. It's been five years since my last post - house moves, babies and two PhDs we've been rather busy. Jack has been with my husbands parents for the last year or so as my husband had a job with extended periods of overseas travel and I wasn't able to walk him on my own after a few incidences with him attacking other dogs. He had a really lovely life with a big garden to enjoy and really mellowed out and became a lovely gentle giant in his old age! My father in law is a great cook so Jack got all the delicious meat left overs. He had a happy life :) sadly towards the end he developed a serious tummy problem that was causing him distress. Further investigations were very invasive and without any promising leads - they were causing him upset (chewed his feet and dew claws) so decided to wait and see and sadly he did not get any better so we felt as a family it wasn't fair to let him suffer any longer when he went downhill so quickly over the month. He died peacefully at home on his sofa with a very kind vet attending to him.

Here is a picture of Jack with his sister in my belly.




Hope you and your dogs are all well.
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Jack has gone to heaven 7 months 3 weeks ago #43400

So very sorry to hear this Buttershy.

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Jack has gone to heaven 7 months 3 weeks ago #43401

So sorry to read that Jack has passed on.
I remember you on the site at that time as our Freya is just a few months older.
What were his issues- was there a specific diagnosis? It's always helpful to know
in case our hounds show any similar discomfort.
I'm sure he'll leave a big hole in all your lives.
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Jack has gone to heaven 7 months 3 weeks ago #43402

I remember Freya - how is she doing?

Yes a very big hole, going into the house is just awful as is seeing the garden without him strolling through it. My mother in law and father in law have also been very upset as they were so involved with him and all grief seems sort of worse when shared.

I'm not sure of the official diagnosis (my baby is just a few weeks so I wasn't able to attend the vets appts) but you may well know the name from my description as my husband believed this was something that did occasionally happen to DH's. He started with constipation that didn't improve through dietary changes and laxatives prescribed by the vet. He had some injections into his prostate to see if that may be the cause but this didn't help. Then he lost his appetite and stopped wanting to go out for a walk a week later. The vet suggested it was a serious abdominal problem, possibly cancer, twisted bowel?. He kept wripping his due claws out so we also had to contend with keeping them clean and infection free as he was so skilful at wripping the dressings off :( we had to see a specialist for a scan as no local vets could offer this with his size, which we decided against (it was nearly £1000 to do before any treatment recommended after any findings) the vet agreed that he was too unwell in himself and miserable for it to be fair to start down the route of investigative surgery or more invasive tests and scans. We left him another two or three days with pain relief before we decided he was slowly passing away and that it wasn't fair to continue to let him suffer.

I know poop problems are common in DH's so I guess my advice would be to get seen as soon as possible. Our Jack went downhill in less than three weeks although he had definitely turned into an old man in the last six months or so.
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Jack has gone to heaven 7 months 3 weeks ago #43410

Thanks for the info and again we are so sorry that you have lost your lovely lad.
Perhaps in the future when baby is bigger you may find another gentle giant.
Our MRI cost £1300 but the place we were sent to originally wanted £4000. Needless to say we left without the scan and found a more reasonable one. Even at that they found nothing and the problem was solved with steroids.
So fat - touch wood - she is in good health, maintains her ever gentle personality and suffers no abdominal issues, so we are very lucky.
Good luck with your new baby!
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Jack has gone to heaven 6 months 4 weeks ago #43417

Such sad news.... Run Free Jack xx
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