August 23rd 2012 8:47 pm
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So, excitement abounds in our household. After going three years with fairly healthy dogs (knock on my wooden head) Burt's last bloodwork showed he had two elevated Liver enzymes. That, along with a couple of other factors, made us suspect Cushing's disease for Burt, but now with Dixie also showing one elevated Liver enzyme, who knows?
Today Burt and Dixie visited Doc for the Bile Acid Test and the ACTH Stimulation Test. Both involved multiple blood draws which, according to D&B's "Report Card" from the vet tech, they tolerated fairly well.
The Bile Acid test will allow Doc to see how well the liver, bile ducts and blood flow to the liver are functioning. The ACTH Stimulation Test is considered diagnostic for Cushing's 80-95% of the time. But, it won't tell us if the Cushing's is adrenal or pituitary based. That would be the next step. The results will be back on Monday, but we're going to wait until Doc is back in the office to talk with her--Wednesday 8/29--so we can ask our questions.
So we start yet again on the merry-go-round of Vet visits. We are blessed with a Doc who saved WINston's life when he was poisoned by Nutro/Menu Foods back in 2007. If anyone can help us give Dixie and Burt a good quality of life for the longest possible span, it's her.
Paws crossed (and a little POP wouldn't hurt). We're going forward, thinking positive thoughts and doing what needs to be done--step by step. No time to worry. No time to grieve. They're both still here, taking up most of the king-sized bed and bringing joy to our lives. We'll take that any day.
Our paws are crossed here for Burt & Dixie. It sounds like you have a great vet who knows her stuff & really cares. Keeping Burt & Dixie in our prayers & sending lots of PoTP! We know they are in the best of hands with you!
Love & Prayers,
KJ, Rain & Family
Popping really hard that they live very long and healthy lives