Murphy Update

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A huge THANK YOU to all of you who have sent well wishes and prayers for Murphy. The poor pug has had a rough few days, so we really appreciate it.

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Ok, let me back up a little and give you guys the whole story…

Back in January, Murphy had an ear infection and then some hearing loss. We tried approximately, oh, a million different medications to cure it with no luck. We finally saw a specialist at the local VCA, who prescribed him some new meds that seemed to work. Hooray! Murphy seemed so much better. But, last week, we took him for a check-up just to make sure things were 100%. Unfortunately, they were not, so Murphy was prescribed another new drug and, a couple of days later, everything went to sh*t. He ended up with vestibular disease, which messed up his balance and coordination and gave him a permanent head tilt.

With the long holiday weekend, we couldn’t get him an appointment with his usual vet until Tuesday evening. It was only a consult, so his vet couldn’t do anything for him then, but she scheduled a CT scan for the next day (yesterday). She thought maybe a tumor/mass might be causing all of Murphy’s ear issues since none of the previous treatments seemed to make any difference and things were just getting worse and worse.

After the CT scan, I received a call from the vet and she said everything looked great””no tumor, no mass””so she’d continue on with our plan, which was giving Murphy’s ear a deep “cleaning.” Basically, she would get all of the gunk (i.e. pus, bacteria) out of his ear and then take cultures to figure out what was the cause of the infection. Well, once the vet started the deep cleaning, she found a tumor/mass inside Murphy’s ear canal. Whomp whomp. She didn’t want to keep him under anesthesia longer than needed, so she scheduled a surgery to remove it next week. 

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So, that’s where we are now. Murphy seemed okay after the procedure””just tired and kind of out of it, which we assumed was from the anesthesia””but we had a rough night after that. He wouldn’t eat or sleep and he would periodically yelp in pain, which, of course, woke up Mal and me in a panic. We absolutely hate seeing Murphy in pain, especially when we can’t do much about it. We feel so helpless and it totally breaks our hearts. Murphy is on pain and anti-nausea meds now, but they make him so mopey and out of it. Ugh. Guys, I hate seeing him like this. I just want him to be well again.

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We’re counting down the days until next Tuesday when he has his surgery, and we really hope everything goes according to plan. Please keep the little furball in your prayers.



  1. Oh poor guy. I’m counting down the days until Tuesday now too. That’s so hard. Prayers and hugs to the entire family!

  2. Sending get well wishes to Murphy! Nothing worse than a sick pet or baby, it does make you feel so helpless!!!

  3. Good luck to Murphy! My Pug takes anesthesia really hard and almost always has a terrible night following so I know how hard it is. Kirby is sending good thoughts to Murphy for his surgery!

  4. I’m continuing to pray for Murphy and that his surgery goes well. I can’t imagine dealing with this. I hate when anything is wrong with my pug baby. Hang in there.

  5. Oh no! So sorry to hear about Murphy. Our dog Bree has a tumor removed a couple years ago and it was terrible. She didn’t respond well to the steroids leading up to the surgery and she was so out of it afterwards. Luckily two years later she is happy and healthy! Hoping the same happens for Murphy!

  6. Not going to lie, I just teared up reading that. Thinking about Murphy and sending positive thoughts your way.

  7. Oh no 🙁 I’m so sorry Murphy and you all have to go through this! Praying for Murphy to get well soon!

  8. I hope that your family and Murphy get over this obstacle soon. It breaks my heart to hear what the little fella has been going through. Your readers love him just as much as you do. I hope he finds some relief with this surgery.

  9. Poor Murphy! We had a rough time with our dachshund, Dyson, a few months ago, which involved some spinal problems, crate rest, steroids and gabapentin, but we made it through and he is doing much better. I’m sure Murphy will be doing well in no time, too. I understand how helpless it feels and difficulty in can be. Thoughts and prayers!

  10. Oh Tina, your recent posts about Murphy choke me up! I have a fur baby too (Riley the Labradoodle), so I totally relate to how you guys must be feeling. I love dogs SO SO much, so it hurts me to know that Murphy is in pain and discomfort. Hang in there and I will be saying prayers and sending positive energy his way. xo

  11. Oh, Murphy, you poor sweet puppy! So sorry y’all are going through this. My heart breaks for you:(

  12. Oh, poor Murphy! Sending lots of ❤️️ from our family to yours, and from our Puggy-boy to Murphy!! Hope he’s feeling more comfortable soon!

  13. This hurts my heart we just had a loss of a pet two weeks ago and seeing your dog sick is awful. They are our first child before real kids. It’s a pain that is really hard. Thinking of you during this. Come on Murph!

  14. A few years ago (I will never forget the day) our cat had what appeared to be a seizure when I got home from work. I am a nurse and I was absolutely terrified and hysterical. We had a full work-up done and it turns out that it was a syncopal episode and he had heart failure at only 8 years old. We went to a specialist at Mass Vet Referral Hospital in Woburn (right off 95) and they were so fantastic and understanding. They told us that he had 6 months to a year even with meds. He’s been on meds since then but it’s been almost 3 years now and the kitty cardiologist says there are no traces of heart failure. I will never forget that feeling of helplessness and how much I just wanted my happy fun kitty back because when he was sick he wouldn’t eat and just looked so sad. Sorry this is so long but I know what you’re going through and you’re not alone. It must feel like an eternity from now until Tuesday. You guys will all be in my thoughts and prayers. <3

  15. Hugs and prayers being sent your way! You are in amazing hands. My dog just had her 2-week follow up MRI at South Shore Animal Hospital after having severe pancreatitis and she’s doing much better. They truly saved her life. Best wishes to Murphy and your family.

  16. Oh boy I know what you’re going through ! Our dog last March start really favoring one of his back legs so off we went to the vet and he got out in pain killers – which helped but the issue never went away once the pain meds stopped – turns out he had partial ACL tears in both his hind legs so after trying medication first he had surgery on one this past February only to end up with a superficial wound infection which turned into a bone infection – poor fella never complained once but it’s been a long 16 weeks of antibiotics and you realize how much these animals mean to you and the lengths your willing to go to make the feel better ! Hugs and love to Murphy for a speedy recovery! Xo

  17. Sending prayers and positive thoughts for Murphy. I think all your readers love him almost as much as you do!

  18. Poor Murphy!! 🙁 My kitty had a vein pop in her ear & it filled with fluid & was super painful…waiting for the first dr. appt was so stressful. She wound up having surgery & made a full recovery, but it is so hard to watch them go thru all that! I will be counting down the days until Tuesday -hopefully the little guy can get some relief.

  19. So sorry that the cutest Puglet is uncomfortable. I hope Tuesday brings good results. So sad to see and hear that he is struggling with this. He is lucky to have you guys take such good care of him. Sending my very best wishes.

  20. I’m so sorry about Murphy. I don’t have kids, so I’m sure that’s even worse, but for me there’s nothing more terrible than having a sick pet. We love them so much, and they’re so sweet and put their trust in us so completely that seeing them in pain is completely unbearable. Murphy’s going to be in my thoughts, and I hope everything goes well for him during his surgery!

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