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I am so sorry to be hearing this. I would keep her on a diet of boiled lean ground beef and rice. Maybe mix an egg in to give it some flavor. This may sound too simple but has your vet tested her for coccidia? I'm no vet either but when my dogs are off for a few days I let would let their tummy settle then only offer the boiled beef and rice. I wouldn't give ensure or baby food unless my vet said it was ok. some baby foods today are now made with onion so that is something to check for.
 

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Thank you for the info, I will check on that. We have done the bland diet, the problem now is she won't eat anything. I am putting a protein gel on her tongue for nourishment. It dissolves quickly so if she vomits, the nourishment stays
 

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I am glad she does not have Addisons that is a really expensive thing to treat. I hope you will find out exactly what's wrong before its too late! 9 lbs is alot of weight to lose!
 

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I spoke with the specialist a few hours ago. He will do an ultrasound at 8am tomorrow. He gently stated that it sounds like stomach cancer. She is only 4 years old. Our hearts are breaking. There are no words.
 

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Bella was diagnosed with advanced lymphoma. Even at age 4, her prognosis was not good. We had to say goodbye earlier today. She is no longer sick. Our hearts are broken, but we will heal although it will take time. Her brother Baxter was there as she passed so he wouldn't search for her. We loved our Bella so much, and she knew how special she was to us.
 

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I am so sorry for your loss but you did what you could for her sometimes there are things we just can't fix it hard losing one so young too it broke my heart when I had to put my 3 year old down wasn't lymphoma but something else so I know that feeling. I have a friend who lost her dog to lymphoma and she did do the expensive chemo and it only gave her dog 3 more months and she wasn't well the whole time so you did the right thing but knowing that doesn't make it any easier. I am so sorry.
 

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Thank you for your kind words. We couldn't put her through the chemo with a poor prognosis. She is no longer sick. Our prior boxer was 8 when she had cancer. Boxer's come with health issues. Baxter, our male is 1.5 years old. We pray he lives a full life. He has been in service dog training for some time now and doing well.
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Aww, man that, just suck's so much!!! When I asked for "update's??" I don't think many of us were expecting this kinda new's??

Sigh sadly many of us gone thru and many still do .... And the shock of it happening to dog's so young. Is just an extra "punch in the gut," as it were. It's most likely gonna be a rough couple of week's. But the pain will lessen over time.

Still a head's up, sigh if your are having her "Cremated??" Some time is gonna go by ... And you'll be delighted when you her she is back and can come home! And when she gets, home it will be all good again for about 30 second's?? And then when "Reality Kick's," in again, it's like .. "yeah she's gone," for real ....

So that will, kinda suck. But don't disappear on us! "Saddly," we have many member's that find there way here after they have lost of Boxer. Trail of tear's as it were. It just seems to be a thing???

But looking forward anyway. Since you "had," (and sorry again ...) a girl and boy. I have question's bout that and the differences between the two. And since you actually have a "Working Boxer!" LOL well that is pretty rare around here! So when your ready ... we would like to know more.

Cause for the most part around here, most of the Boxer's on this, "Board's "Job," is being an "almost perfect family pet!" And while that might sound like "No Big Deal??" Depending on the "Breed," it can be a very big deal indeed!

But you know that is down road. Right now just take care of your self, know you are not alone in your sense of grief. We got your back. And again ... sorry for your loss. :(
 

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What a handsome boy Baxter is! I am sure he feels this loss too so he will be wanting some extra attention but I am sure he will get plenty of it. I hope you don't give up on Boxers I have had some heartbreaking things happen too but these dogs are just so special. My first Boxer made it to 13 so yes there is a lot of health issues with them but not always. What helped me with my grief for my dogs was I made a nice multi photo frame of my dogs from puppyhood to adulthood or any funny moment they had and have it on my wall I see them every morning when I get up. I hope time heals you and just know you did everything you could for her she knows that.
 

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I am so sorry for your loss of Bella, may she now run free . It really is difficult to lose a boxer as they all imprint our hearts. Your boy Baxter is a beautiful looking guy! I think its really interesting you are training him as a service dog, that is pretty special.
 

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Thank you all for your well wishes. We have pictures of Bella everywhere since we do not have children. Our dogs are so spoiled! The joy their clown like behavior is endless. Baxter is feeling the loss. We are taking him to our land today in Jasper AR to enjoy some hiking. We will keep you posted on his continued training as a service animal, he is doing great and has the perfect demeanor for that job. Thank you again.
 

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Did they do a Spec-cPL to rule out pancreatitis? Have they done an Ultrasound? Internal medicine vets see many more cases of GI disease than regular vets. Many of the specialty vet practices have access to experienced radiologists that may help.
 

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Really for your loss, especially so early in Bella's life.
Baxter's a good looking boy, and the first Boxer service dog I've seen. Good luck with the training.
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Really for your loss, especially so early in Bella's life.
Baxter's a good looking boy, and the first Boxer service dog I've seen. Good luck with the training.
Take care.
On Tv many year's ago. I saw a "Seeing eye Boxer!" I was stunned and almost fell out of my chair! And a few year's ago I saw a "Boxer," service Dog.

I don't know what she did?? But you could tell the dog was different??

The couple was leaving and the dog was off leash. The dog was off leash and stayed by her owner. She was pretty calm and I "wanted to meet her," and ask question's of course! But I had to respect there space.

She saw me and looked?? But kept a grip on her behavior! So "obviously," not a typical Boxer! :)

They are out there ... just not very common. :)
 
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