I also needed to wee more frequently. Caroline, who has private health insurance, was given an appointment with a specialist the following week — but she assumed her GP was just being thorough. The gastroenterologist performed a colonoscopy and gastroscopy investigations into the bowel and stomach using a thin tube with a camera attached , but also sent her for a blood test and an ultrasound.
The ultrasound technician found a mass on her right ovary and suggested it could be a cyst. Ovarian cancer is the fifth most common cancer in women, and 7, are diagnosed each year. It has poor survival rates only 40 per cent survive beyond five years because the symptoms are similar to other conditions, such as digestive disorders, meaning it can be easily misdiagnosed at the GP surgery.
Symptoms include bloating, abdominal pain, loss of appetite or feeling full very quickly, and — what many women may not realise — changes in bowel or bladder habits, such as diarrhoea or needing to urinate more frequently.
Once Caroline was told she was indeed suffering from ovarian cancer, she says the worst moment was telling her then year-old father. The oncologist Caroline saw a week later carried out an MRI and CT scan and looked at the results of her blood test — this had checked for levels of CA, a cancer marker that is implicated in ovarian and some other cancers. Symptoms include bloating, abdominal pain, loss of appetite or feeling full very quickly, and changes in bowel or bladder habits.
She had the operation in May Caroline also underwent chemotherapy to ensure any spread of cancer cells was caught — undergoing six cycles of treatment over the space of 20 weeks. This gel-filled cap cools the scalp, contracting the blood vessels so that less of the chemotherapy reaches the hair follicles, and so preserving the hair. There might be another explanation though.
He clearly made the association after the fact, since the fun of playing in the snow did not follow the boot-wearing within the second or two that we consider a reward window. The other day in agility, our trainer was showing us a way to teach sniffy dogs to leave it using a silent game where you hold a treat in your hand and close your hand whenever the dog tries to get it.
The dog is meant to look away from the treat and to you for direction, and at that point you reward the dog by handing the treat. I tried it with Jack and after nosing my hand, pawing, then going through a range of tricks waving, speaking, lying down, etc to try to elicit the treat he gave up and acted just like you describe: he carefully looked away, ignored me, paid attention to everyone else in the class.
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Unable to determine what action will elicit the reward, the dog sort of shuts out the person trying to engage him. It occurs to me that Willie had a protracted case of not wanting to engage you because he could not figure out which of his own actions caused the surgery, and so he figured he would avoid interacting with you at all. Had something very unusual happened right before surgery, he might have isolated his avoidance to that one activity.
My mowers cut down my irises — I was not happy but am just reminding them though it is too late now in MO. Yes, a dog can blame and hold a grudge. One of about 3 of my favorite hounds of all time was torn apartt by a St. After that, it was gloves off. Or the Saint was at my home going after my free range Beagle right up onto my porch as well as Lady Bird.
If they cause trouble, their liberty is curtailed. Lady Bird is now in a foster home in ME with another rescue group to keep her safe from the Saint who now is no longer here. I really liked that dog and she was FIT; she used me and my vehicle when I was trying to catch her one evening as a plaything to run against — she ran at 25 MPH. She saw me coming, I slowed down, she moved to the other side of the road and kept ahead of and an eye on me as I very carefully tried to get ahead of her.
So glad Willie has regained his trust and demonstrativeness. I had a similar type of reaction from my dog when I left for college. I was a teenager when we got her, and she was a family dog, but she was closest to me through high school and even my first year of college. I lived within a couple of hours to home so I was able to come home every month or so. The problem was my second year when I ended up going overseas for a couple of semesters and was away for 6 months. When I returned, she was completely disinterested in me. I tried not to take it too personally especially since she had aged a lot during the time I was gone.
Then I thought maybe she had just forgotten me, but when my sister came home, the dog was pretty happy to see her. And she had been away for longer than I had been. Our relationship never completely recovered. I was home for that summer so we had a chance to spend time together, but it was never the same for her.
Both times spay, and Xray for broken toe she was as happy to see me as sedation allowed, and velcroed herself to me more than usual, but otherwise did not act accusatory or blameful. Well, this seems to be a bit of the flip side of the coin for conditioning. When we want our dogs to be less reactive to things, one method is to counter-condition them by heaping treats on them when their achilles heel so to speak is near.
The idea, of course, is to make them associate said thing person, animal, whatever with good things happening. Another very interesting discussion. I know that I am very careful to apologise profusely to any of my animals — cats or dogs — if I accidentally hurt them.
The tone of voice, plus the reassuring touch, seems to counterbalance the bad experience and help to wipe it from memory. Did Willie warm up to you while Meg was still staying?
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And has she stayed to help with him before? It would be interesting to know if he associated her presence with you having to do rather unpleasant things to him. My mother saw it as blame — it is too long ago for me to remember exactly how I felt, but I think it probably was a combination of determination not to be sent back to hospital, a loss of trust that she could protect me from horrible experiences, and a discovery that I got a lot of treats and attention by being difficult!
This seems like a very culturally biased question, actually. Holding people personally responsible is not universally human, nor would I guess, a trait among all dogs. Willie is associating you, at the moment, with bad things happening. You took him to the vet.
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Why would a complex concept like blame be involved with any of this? Unless you mean blame to be what is described above…an association, or connection. I think animals as we do process negative information faster and for a longer time than they do with possitive information. One bad experience its all it takes. I am also willing to believe that, but if they can blame, might they also usually be willing to forgive us because of their generous hearts? I do things to my dogs all the time that they must experience as unpleasant right now I am treating one for a deep laceration that must be flushed, treated, and bandaged every day and I know it hurts him.
Who knows what they understand or how they understand it! I am just glad they do seem to be such forgiving souls. Last night I accidentally left The Matriarch who is a permanent house dog, in the kennel after I fed the pack, and did not notice I had left her behind in the kennel until this morning.
When I let her out, profusely apologizing for my error, she was simply happy and wagging. Her daughters spent a long time licking her face and ears. I have never had one appear to hold a grudge as long as Willie appeared to, or refuse to forgive when an apology was made. Maybe Willie needs to re-read that literature!
From the discussion so far I am reminded how much of this issue relates to conscious associations. We all agree that of course dogs can associate A with B so can earthworms.
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The question — that science does not yet have an answer to — is how much of the association is conscious, and how much of the association involves a judgment, which is surely the most cognitive part of this phenomenon. I would toss out 1 even though intellectually it makes more sense. He was doped up and his senses were dulled. I would discount the chemical smells, etc. Trish drops him off at vet; then 2. Needles and pain commence.
Willie gets pissed off. Would it depend on how much time elapsed between the drop off abandonment and the pre-surgery prep? When I leave my dogs for a few days, they go into a pout when I come back. When my previous dog was sleeping in the road years ago, a car ran over him. He spent a few days in treatment but was otherwise ok. When I brought him home and took him out to potty the first time, he glared at the road and growled at it, like the road was responsible for hurting him. I remember you wrote that Luke used to get mad at you.
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And I believe you reacted properly as well. You pacified him. He forgave you. The end. Our 14 yr old greyhound princess is normally uninterested in other dogs, and the smaller they are the more firmly she puts that disinterest across. So, of course, I kept the puppy. It took another week before the princess would even stay on the same couch with me, and if the puppy tried to come up too, she got down and walked away.
And, yes, it was bitching.
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