Ranger diagnosed with Lymphoma

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Ranger, has been in Tufts veterinary hospital since Monday. Two weeks ago, upon return from North Carolina, we noticed him limping. Despite several visits to our vet, and trials of several medications, Ranger declined rapidly. He became unable to stand and began dragging his hind behind him. The doctors at Tufts have been terrific but are still not clear on the cause of Rangers neurological decline. An MRI revealed a lesion on his spine but the cause isn't certain. A spinal tap was done and all of the results have been negative except one that we are anxiously awaiting the results of. The doctors have said that the lesion could be caused by 3 things: a fungal infection in his spine (the test we are waiting for), an auto-immune disease, or lymphoma. If we knew the cause, it would be easier to pinpoint treatment. But since it isn't clear, the doctors are treating all three because he was declining too rapidly to wait for test results. Ranger has been receiving an anti-fungal through his IV daily, IV fluids, and high doses of prednisone. The doctors said Ranger has begun to have feeling in his back paws so this is a positive sign but still has a long road ahead. He received his first radiation treatment yesterday and the doctors have stated that they feel he will recover. I have put down a large part of money onto the bill for rangers treatment but will be struggling to pay the remaining amount without help. Anyone who has met Ranger knows he is a special dog who has lots of life ahead of him (he just turned 3) and no one is ready to give up on him yet. If anyone has a few extra dollars to help, it would be very much appreciated.

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Mondays are always hard because that's when we return Ranger to the hospital for another week of treatments. He is healing as we see small improvements in his hind every day. His tail is back in full swing. He keep trying to stand on his own and once in a while he succeeds. When he walks his hind tryst to take bouncy steps. So his legs have feeling back and he can bend them in reaction to stimuli. But they still can't bear his weight. We can only wait and see what new suprised he has for us this week. Every new day is a blessing.
Monday comes back too soon.
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Ranger improvements are small but noticeable. He continues to make progress with the use of his hind legs. Tail is up to speed so watch out for your knees. lol. With the assistance of the belly carry strap he more his hind legs in a bouncy bunny hop imitation of walking which is impressive because as of 2 weeks ago they didn't move at all. If he is placed in a standing position he can hold his weight for up to a minute. I have been done some PT exercises with him to keep his joints flexible and now we have to work on replacing lost muscle density which will help him stand longer. We are passed the halfway point in treatments but still 2 more weeks to go.
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Ranger is looking as eager as ever to get home. He still can't support his weight for very long but he does seem to be putting his left hind leg into proper anatomical position on his own. His tail gets to wagging so much now you'd think he'll lift off the ground. which is a really good sign of improvement. Tomorrow night Ranger gets to come home for another weekend. Can't wait to have him home every night.
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We had a very nice stay at home with Ranger this weekend. The whole family misses him very much. Saturday night he removed his catheter by himself which really had me worried for a bit but there was no signs of blood and he was able to go frequently. In an effort to allow him to go outside for his business and to play with the other dogs I am constructing a wheelchair of sorts for him. The cart is made but the correct position of the straps are still a mystery. On the initial test run of the cart Ranger was very happy that he could move about pretty easily. I haven't seen his tail wagging this much in 2 weeks. Also a great sign that he is healing. Still a long road ahead of us. After today he has 14 more treatments to go. He went back into the hospital this afternoon to begin his next series of implants. I found this sign and thought it fit us perfectly.
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Karen Spera Blasco
18 months ago

Thank you to all who have donated and shared. We visited with ranger again today. His spirits are good. He still tries to play but can't stand so we play catch with him laying down. He gets his second radiation treatment tomorrow. Thanks for all the prayers and well wishes!

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Created March 18, 2017
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Cynthia Gray
17 months ago

God bless this BEAUTIFUL creature from God. Your love will see him through this...never give up hope!

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Melanie Rosati
18 months ago

Praying for Ranger and all of you! He is a very sweet, special boy and I know how much you all love him. I love him too and only met him once. I pray he pulls through this.

Karen Spera Blasco
18 months ago

Thank you to all who have donated and shared. We visited with ranger again today. His spirits are good. He still tries to play but can't stand so we play catch with him laying down. He gets his second radiation treatment tomorrow. Thanks for all the prayers and well wishes!

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