All Better Now!


For those of you with me on Twitter, you will know about this last rather worrying couple of weeks as our gorgeous lab went under the knife.

After suddenly losing weight, condition and muscle mass, I took him into see the vet who spent two days doing scans and blood tests but wasn’t able to uncover anything other than the fact that discovering he was incredibly anaemic and clearly not ok. It was a very worrying time and poor old Tynor didn’t know what was going on. Eventually we agreed to investigate further by opening him up. It was awful… even the cats were worried about him!

Amazingly he was only gone for the day, even though the surgery took over two hours. The vet removed his spleen however she wasn’t convinced that it was the only issue as other things looked a bit unusual, so she took biopsies of his liver and abdomen, plus chest x-rays which she sent off to the Supervet for a second opinion. She told us to brace ourselves for bad news.

We picked him up in the early evening, drowsy and far from himself, brought him home and tucked him up in his bed. Brian carried him in and out of the garden as he kept thinking he needed to go out as he had so much air trapped inside him, he even slept downstairs with him as we were all so concerned. My wonderful godmother has worked with dogs her entire life and was on the phone every day with us. She was convinced it was just the spleen and so I hung on with every bit of positivity despite the vet being adamant that it was more.

As you can see on these pics, it wasn’t long before Tynor started to turn a corner and be himself again. Just over a week later, we have had more blood tests which have shown that the anaemia is picking up and all the biopsies came back negative 🙂

As you can imagine, we are all delighted! The stitches came out yesterday and we have now been given the all clear. As it turns out, he had had a huge bleed within his spleen which had caused the anaemia and lack of condition but at the same time, had kept everything hidden. So, whilst still on enough pills to make him rattle, he’s on the mend!

That was most definitely a close shave, Champagne all round… but no crisps, I’ve given them up for Lent (and it’s reeeeeally hard!)

Much love to you all

Pipa x


  1. sylvia Tunnicliffe February 27, 2018 at 4:26 pm -  Reply

    Ah I’m so glad your beautiful dog is on the mend and i bet Brian’s arms needed a rest too All the best to you all Avid fan

    • Pipa Gordon March 9, 2018 at 12:54 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Sylvia xx

  2. Carol February 27, 2018 at 5:06 pm -  Reply

    so glad he is better –

    • Pipa Gordon March 9, 2018 at 12:54 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Carol xx

  3. Diane February 27, 2018 at 5:18 pm -  Reply

    So happy for you pippa, we have just been through a health crisis with my sisters dog who we all love. She also needed surgery and we were told she might not make it. So it’s a huge relief that all is well with our pets. X

    • Pipa Gordon March 9, 2018 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

      Hi Diane, it’s such an emotional roller coaster isn’t it? I’m really pleased to hear your sister’s dog is ok too!! P x

  4. Kim vernon February 27, 2018 at 6:07 pm -  Reply

    So happy your beautiful dog is well

    • Pipa Gordon March 9, 2018 at 12:55 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Kim x

  5. Gregory Burslem February 27, 2018 at 7:40 pm -  Reply

    ?So glad your family,is back to normal.?xx

    • Pipa Gordon March 9, 2018 at 12:56 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Greg x

  6. Denise February 27, 2018 at 7:46 pm -  Reply

    I am so relieved for you all. Although he is picking up please do still keep an eye on him. Unfortunately we were not so blessed and after a horrific 2 months and numerous tests and constantly at a & e our yellow lab Harvey was diagnosed with cancer despite being constantly at the vets it was not picked up. He was only 6yrs old. Dont want to being you down as this is such a happy time but just to be cautious. I wish you all well and Tyron a happy and long life. Labradors are amazingly crazy x

    • Pipa Gordon March 9, 2018 at 12:57 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Denise, we are keeping a very watchful eye on him. So sorry to hear about your Harvey, so young too!! 🙁 xx

  7. Linda February 27, 2018 at 7:50 pm -  Reply

    Wooohoo glad tynor is better

    • Pipa Gordon March 9, 2018 at 12:57 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Linda 🙂

  8. Heather Herbert February 27, 2018 at 8:08 pm -  Reply

    The end result was such a delightful read. You have to hang on to any positivity you are told, and in this case the result was your godmother’s thoughts were worth holding on to!!

    • Pipa Gordon March 9, 2018 at 12:57 pm -  Reply

      Most definitely! x

  9. Janet McGrath February 27, 2018 at 8:41 pm -  Reply

    Oh Pipa…I’m almost crying here. So pleased Tynor has started to improve after the op. What a worrying & upsetting time for you all…
    Much love….?

    • Pipa Gordon March 9, 2018 at 12:58 pm -  Reply

      Oh it really was, thank you Janet!! P xx

  10. Jillian Herron February 27, 2018 at 9:33 pm -  Reply

    Oh Pipa I’m so glad Tynor is on the mend. Please give him a big hug from me.xx

    • Pipa Gordon March 9, 2018 at 12:58 pm -  Reply

      Definitely will! P x

  11. Helen Dovidio February 27, 2018 at 10:34 pm -  Reply

    What a horrible worrying time for you.So glad Tynor is going to be okay.My black Lab Collie X is cuddled up to me fast asleep.Life is better with a dog!

    • Pipa Gordon March 9, 2018 at 12:58 pm -  Reply

      Oh how cute!! Thanks Helen x

  12. Karen Murphy February 27, 2018 at 11:06 pm -  Reply

    So happy it all worked out well. Such a relief. Lovely doggy.xx

    • Pipa Gordon March 9, 2018 at 12:59 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Karen, I could be biased but he really is very lovely!! xx

  13. El February 28, 2018 at 8:39 am -  Reply

    Aww bless, he clearly looks like he’s on the mend! Our previous dog gave us a scare, lost lots of weight and then vomited blood. You can imagine we thought the worst. It turned out she had snaffled a corn on the cob from the bin and the core was blocking her intestine. Apparently the core never breaks down, so they had to operate. Needless to say corn was banned in our house for a while! I’m sure you are all relieved – may you go on to have many happy more years together! Love El x

    • Pipa Gordon March 9, 2018 at 1:00 pm -  Reply

      Oh my word El that sounds awful!! I bet that hurt going down too!! Glad it turned out ok xx

  14. Lynne B February 28, 2018 at 9:27 am -  Reply

    No one knows how much are pets are just like our children. We love them so much and when they are ill it can rock your world. I’m so happy for you that everything is looking up.

    • Pipa Gordon March 9, 2018 at 1:01 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Lynne x

  15. Enid j February 28, 2018 at 9:52 am -  Reply

    Wonderful news for you all

    • Pipa Gordon March 9, 2018 at 1:01 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Enid x

  16. Emily Curtis February 28, 2018 at 12:36 pm -  Reply

    I’m so pleased your dog has made it through the tough times and is on the mend. I lost my chocolate Labrador Monty to spleen cancer in July 2014, he was up running around like usual one day then the following day his back leg’s gave way my parents took him to the vets but it was too late for him he’d gone from being a 7 year old puppy ? to being put too sleep. Its so hard and I cannot stop blaming myself. The vet has told us he’d have had the cancer for 14-18 months and it’s only because the spleen ruptured and bleed out that he couldn’t be saved. But all the time we had together will never be forgotten do enjoy having Tynor back to full crazy loving almost human like life xx

    • Pipa Gordon March 9, 2018 at 1:03 pm -  Reply

      Oh Emily that must have been so terrible for you ….you can’t blame yourself though. We take so much on our shoulders but when it comes to pets, it’s so easy to miss these things because they soldier on in their wonderful loving ways regardless of how they feel …. it kind of makes it even worse doesn’t it? Those happy memories are such treasures xx

  17. Nikki February 28, 2018 at 2:38 pm -  Reply

    I’m glad Tynor is on the mend, albeit without a Spleen. He is a Beaut!
    I always read your blogs, as I enjoy reading about the adventures of your mad Cats! 😉

    • Pipa Gordon March 9, 2018 at 1:04 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Nikki …and omg my cats are so mad! Although Sherbert recently has had lots of grey hairs appear randomly across his body ….!! x

  18. Brenda Watson February 28, 2018 at 5:46 pm -  Reply

    So glad your dog is ok it is so worrying when they are not well they are just like babies they can tell you what’s wrong xx

    • Pipa Gordon March 9, 2018 at 1:04 pm -  Reply

      Hi Brenda, you’re so right, it’s really hard to know!! x

  19. Sue Lee February 28, 2018 at 8:15 pm -  Reply

    It made me shed a tear or ten reading your news about Tynor!!!! Such a wonderful outcome!!! Am SO delighted for you all!!!! Gentle hugs to Tynor & big hug to you all Sue xx

    • Pipa Gordon March 9, 2018 at 1:04 pm -  Reply

      Awww thank you Sue xx

  20. Christine February 28, 2018 at 8:25 pm -  Reply

    Tynor has been through the wars I am not on Twitter did not know he was bad. Thank goodness he is better. The photo of the cat with him, they just know there is something wrong. You just try anything for your pets.

    Take care x

    • Pipa Gordon March 9, 2018 at 1:05 pm -  Reply

      Thanks Christine, I know it’s amazing how they are tuned in to each other. When we arrived back from the vets, both cats appeared at the back door and kissed him as we came in, it was so precious!! x

  21. janet groves February 28, 2018 at 9:54 pm -  Reply

    So pleased to hear that lovely Tynor is on the mend.
    Love Janet X

    • Pipa Gordon March 9, 2018 at 1:06 pm -  Reply

      Thank you Janet x

  22. Annette HENFREY February 28, 2018 at 10:59 pm -  Reply

    Hi pipa glad your doggy is doing better they brake your heart when they are you I have also given up crisps for lent it’s taking some willpower.x

    • Pipa Gordon March 9, 2018 at 1:07 pm -  Reply

      Oh Annette, it’s great to hear someone else has done the same ….IT’S KILLING ME!! …and the worst thing is that I’m now eating loads of chocolate!! arghhh!! xx

  23. Wendy McIvor February 28, 2018 at 11:01 pm -  Reply

    Oh Pippa you must have all been out of your mind with worry. Poor little thing I’m glad he’s on the mend and by looking at his pics he certainly looks well.
    My little cat recently was rushed to the vet after collapsing at the side of my bed I thought the worse, but she’s a lot better now and back home – blood pressure dropped so low caused her to collapse, I know how worrying it is.

    Best wishes to all of you

    Wendy xx

    • Pipa Gordon March 9, 2018 at 1:07 pm -  Reply

      Oh how frightening for you Wendy, I’m so pleased to hear it turned out not to be serious xx

  24. Leona March 1, 2018 at 8:19 am -  Reply

    Hi sorry for Tynor, but you are so fortunate to still be able to enjoy him. Give him a big kiss from me Leona. The same thing happened to my boxer Monty just over a month ago now and still very difficult for us to come to terms with. Monty’s spleen had ruptured and further investigation revealed he had a large tumour on one of his kidneys. He was put to sleep whilst still under the anaesthetic so we didn’t get the chance to comfort him for the last time.
    Best wishes to you and yours and of the lovely Tynor X

    • Pipa Gordon March 9, 2018 at 1:08 pm -  Reply

      Oh Leona I’m so sorry. We feared that would happen to us and I just didn’t know what to do with myself at the thought of it. Oh I am sending you huge amounts of love, I’m so sorry xxx

  25. janet groves March 1, 2018 at 9:06 pm -  Reply

    Such sad news Leona my heart goes out to you.
    Love Janet Groves

  26. Julie Long March 1, 2018 at 10:14 pm -  Reply

    So glad he is better, looks a happy boy rolling round on the grass.

  27. Sandy Hill March 2, 2018 at 10:38 pm -  Reply

    Ah bless him, so glad he’s on the mend. Such a worrying time when pets are poorly. What a gorgeous lab he is, xxx

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