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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 11-12-2016, 12:28 AM Thread Starter
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Hello Forum Friends--I last posted in August 2015 about our Heath. He became very dramatically ill July 4 th 2015 and after many tests and vets and finally a spinal tap and MRI, we received a diagnosis of a severe and terminal neurological inflammation of unknown etiology, but thought to be autoimmune. We had a fabulous neurologist at VCA Rohnert Park, CA, Melanie Campbell, who kept Heath going for 15 months, using seizure meds, Prednisone, and oral or infused chemo. He had a couple relapses but mostly a great quality of life. He died suddenly Sept 29, less than a day after we returned from 3 wks in Sicily. He'd been doing great the entire time we were away, with our fabulous dog sitter. We are so grateful we were home. We've never lost a dog and he was barely 8. It was unbelievably traumatic. We still have our first Havanese, Biscuit, who is 10.
Wanted you to know how things sadly transpired.
All the best, and Happy Thanksgiving.
Amy. That's Heath in the photo. He was a rare and gorgeous red, though the meds bleached his coat over the last year.
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I am so sorry for your loss. I am glad you were able to find Heath such good medical care so that he could be with your family for as long as he was. Hugs and thoughts of comfort to all of your family.
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So sorry for the loss of your beautiful boy.

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I'm so sorry that you lost Heath. But it's wonderful to know that you were abke to give him so much extra, quality time with your excellent care!

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It's like he was waiting to be with you. I feel for you loss.

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I'm so sorry for your loss of Heath. Thank you for letting us know...

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I just hate to open these threads because I know what is inside. It is heartbreaking, but I like to keep track of all our Havanese family here on HF. Just know what joy your little Heath brought to your life and you to his and he is waiting for you on the other side of the Rainbow Bridge, - tail wagging and waiting for you to play with him.

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Thanks, my friends. Yes, we do feel Heath waited for us. He began to decline as we traveled home. That morning he did everything normally, then lay down in the cat's bed and began to seize. Within an hour or so his docs agreed he had to be euthanized. Very traumatic. But we got to say goodbye and Heath knew how much we loved him.
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