October 15th 2011 8:44 am
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Khloe's neck has been better since he finished his second round of Deramaxx, but we have something else to deal with now.
Khloe went off his food on Wednesday. It's not unusual for him to skip a meal, so I figured he just wasn't hungry that day. He took treats and still begged for my food, like normal, so I figured he was okay.
Thursday, he still didn't want to eat his breakfast. My sister mixed some of her dog's wet food in with his kibble, and that enticed him to eat, & I mixed some yogurt in with his food at dinner. I noticed he was drinking more than usual and was a bit less playful.
So, we took him to the vet Friday. Five hours, a blood test and a urinalysis later, we found out that his calcium levels are high. Our first thought was that he may have gotten into rat poison out at our cabin, but that has been ruled out. The other thing the vet mentioned may be causing the high calcium levels is cancer... we don't know for sure, and he mentioned there were other things that could cause it (though they're much more rare).
So, at the moment, I'm waiting for a phone call in the next few hours about the results of some other test the vet did - yesterday was a long day, I don't exactly remember what it was, but he said it'll probably tell us more. In the meantime he's on a diuretic and a steroid to try and flush the excess calcium out of his system.
He seems to be feeling a little better today... I'm trying to be strong for him, but I'm really scared. He's never been sick before. He's hurt himself running around before, his hips and his neck, but he's never been sick, and definitely not like this.
Momma loves you, Baa Baa.
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I am here for you. Hope you get good news from the Dogtor. Sending you good thought and you are in our prayers.
Thank you so much, Anya.
I actually got the call a few hours ago, and the blood clotting test came back normal. The vet really doesn't think it's poisoning anymore. Khloe has another appointment Friday to get bloodwork redone to check his calcium levels, and depending on how he does, the vet wants to x-ray his chest and do an ultrasound on his abdomen...