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Pet of the month - Max Dichler

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

Congratulations to Max Dichler, who is our Pet of the Month for November! Max is an extremely handsome 8 year old German Shepherd dog who was nominated by his loving owners, Helen and John.

Poor Max has had quite a rough time recently and is about to undergo major surgery. Helen and John noticed that Max had developed a minor head tilt and was not quite acting himself. He was struggling to get around and over obstacles in his way. They took him to our Ashton surgery to see vet, Rob Hall, who had a suspicion that it could be something neurological. When Max unexpectedly started having seizures, it was decided to send him for an MRI scan. Sadly, it was confirmed that Max had a brain tumour.

“Max has had so much trauma for over the past fewweeks” said owner, Helen.  “However, he is coping with his problems in this situation far better than John and I - we have been totally distraught and continually stressed!”

Not one to give up, Max will be having very delicate brain surgery today and we like to wish him the very best of luck. We all have our fingers crossed Max and his family.

 “Max, although extremely protective towards us, is still 6 stone of soft centre,” continues Helen, “he is unconditionally loving and loyal, is so very precious and we are just praying his brain surgery will be as successful as possible under the circumstances.  Be brave and strong big boy, you have to get through this!”

We will keep you all updated as to Max’s progress.


Sue Foxford commented on 07-Nov-2014 06:18 PM
Congratulations on your 'pet of the month' very well deserved ! Max is a well known character who regularly walks past my house with his lovely Helen and John...I miss seeing him patrolling...I have been praying for his recovery... Stay strong Max.... You can beat this ! Much love xxx
Shaun & Nikki commented on 09-Nov-2014 09:51 AM
We want to send best wishes to Max and hope for a speedy recovery.
Helen Dichler commented on 09-Nov-2014 04:03 PM
Max survived his surgery which was complicated by bleeding in the brain, 3/4 of the tumour was removed followed by three days in ICU. We brought him home after that critical period on Friday. Still not out of the woods he has to face five radiotherapy sessions. We can only pray this gives him some future after everything he has endured!
Jan Mahoney commented on 09-Dec-2014 07:44 PM
How is Max coping now ?
Highcroft commented on 10-Dec-2014 09:57 AM
Hi Jan, The last we heard from Helen, Max was doing doing well and the surgeon was pleased with his progress. He has had his stitches out and was due to start his radiotherapy on 1st December. Thanks for asking after him.
Helen Dichler commented on 22-May-2015 03:33 PM
Sadly our beloved Max had to be put to sleep on January 22nd, after enduring so much and all for nothing, it was totally heartbreaking, we will miss him forever!

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