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After a long struggle, Bumper passed away on 03/31/05. He was 3.5 years to date. Here are some pictures taken within his last 3 weeks.

Timeline & Diagnosis

Thursday, March 31st, 2005
4:27 pm
Bumper in Surgery
Today we took Bumper to Dr Allen for a neck sonogram and an iodized calcium test. She could not see any enlarged parathroid glands on him. She told us that we can do an MRI to find out or have a parathyroid surgery. We agreed to do the surgery today. They will also insert a feeding tube to his stomach directly. Dr Langbach called us after his surgery. Bad news.. she did not find anything in the parathyroid glands.
Wednesday, March 30th, 2005
9:15 am
He is back at clocktower on IV. They have stopped giving antibiotics because they do not know what they are treating him for.
Tuesday, March 29th, 2005
9:14 am
more force feeding. He seems to have gained energy. However, he is slowly not liking the force feeding. He runs away when he sees the syringe. Poor him.. but what else to do. We have to keep him energized until the PTH test results come to see what we have to do next.
Monday, March 28th, 2005
9:13 am
He is back at clocktower for IV. We told the Vet to adminster liquid food to him through syringe. He seems to be doing well now. He is 134 lbs. down from 155 lbs.
Sunday, March 27th, 2005
9:12 am
clocktower is closed for Easter sunday. We gave bumper fluids under the skin. We have resorted to force feeding him liquid food through a huge syringe. He has not eaten for 2 weeks.
Thursday, March 24th, 2005
9:11 am
Took Bumper out of EVC and He is home for the night. We will put him back on IV at clocktower during daytime.
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005
9:09 am
Took Bumper to IMED in Vienna. They did a sonogram on the abdomen. Didn't find anything. She said it might be kidney disease., Addisons, Lymphoma, cancer or parathyroidism. Took chest xray's - looks fine. ACTH (for addisons) came normal. He will be at EVC for IV for 2 days.
Monday, March 21st, 2005
9:08 am
Bumper is at the clocktower getting IV. They are doing blood work to find out what is wrong with him. Looks like his calcium level is high 15.8
They say that it might be cancer somewhere. We will be referred to Dr Heidi Allen (Internal Medicine) in Vienna.
Sunday, March 20th, 2005
9:07 am
Bumper did not eat the whole day. I am getting a little worried now. Something is wrong with him. He seems to sleep a little too much.
Saturday, March 19th, 2005
9:07 am
Bumper did not eat the whole day. We took beemer, bison and bumper to the dog park. Bumper looks normal.
Thursday, March 17th, 2005
9:05 am
Bumper did not eat the whole day.

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