October 3rd 2012 2:17 pm
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Two days and $2500.00 dollars later and we have an answer.
The echocardiogram did indeed show significant damage to the heart caused by a deformed heart valve. That is the bad news, the good news is it explains the seizures because the brain wasn't receiving enough oxygen.
She will have to be on heart medications for life but right now she is responding to them wonderfully. They are discharging her from the hospital in a few hours.
The power of the paw is AMAZING!
Thank you all so much and thank you God!
October 3rd 2012 9:53 am
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Later today they are doing an echocardiogram on Mia to see how well her heart is functioning. She is doing much better in the oxygen chamber and her breathing is now much less labored. They think this afternoon she will be out of the ICU ward but we still don't know if she can come home tonight.
They are still going back and fourth on which is the leading contributing factor to her condition. Is it the heart and lack of oxygen that caused the seizures or are the seizures caused from the brain? Hopefully the echo will answer some questions.
Best news I heard all day though is that they do believe she will be able to come home and have some quality of life with us.
October 2nd 2012 2:44 pm
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Our vet has recommended immediate hospitalization with the specialists at the U of M.
Mia has now had a total of 3 seizures in the last 16 hours but the vet feels these are secondary to some other underlying cause. They took x-rays since she is having difficulty breathing and the lungs are full of fluids. With finding the fluid in the lungs she isn't sure it is a brain tumor anymore. The vet is concerned that the fluid is blood because blood results show that the body is trying to produce more to compensate for a loss somewhere. They mentioned rat poison but we don't have ANY in our home and if by the slight chance that is the case, she was poisoned by a neighbor. We really don't think that is the case but it has to be a consideration. She also mentioned the possibilities of a stroke that dislodged a blood clot or the body attacking it's own red blood cells. Our vet feels very strongly that she needs to be on oxygen and have an expert read the x-rays to determine for sure if the fluid is indeed blood or not. In any event she is too weak to come home so off to the U of M she is heading for overnight care.
She is now considered in critical condition. She desperately needs prayers.
October 2nd 2012 11:35 am
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Mia had another seizure an hour ago and is going to see her regular vet shortly.
I talked to Dr. Ganske when making the appointment and unfortunately her initial reaction is one of trying to control the seizures but fears the underlying issue may be a brain tumor. She is speculating at the moment since she hasn't seen her yet but since the blood work didn't indicate any other cause and given Mia's approximate age she thinks it fits and will probably suggest seeing the neurologist at the UofM once she gets there.
I cannot stop crying, she has been lethargic all day and hasn't show any signs of recovery and then she had another seizure.
October 2nd 2012 1:09 am
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Mia asked to get off the bed around midnight so I set her on the floor. A moment later she collapsed and her eyes were rolled in the back of her head. She was weak and couldn't move and for a moment I had thought we lost her. We picked her up and rushed her the the closest ER vet which is actually around 40 minutes away. I was crying, it was a terrible ordeal to witness. By the time we got to the ER she was a bit more stable. The vet believes she may have had a seizure (which was way more serious than the mild little ones that Dragon gets). She was also a bit dehydrated so they have her on IV fluids.
She is staying overnight at the ER and tomorrow they will let us know if she is stable enough to come home or if she needs to be transferred to our regular vet. Please keep her in your prayers.
Chester was already scheduled for a dental cleaning in the morning when this all happened so he will also be at the vet. They could actually both use prayers since he will be under anesthesia for the dental.
August 16th 2012 7:45 pm
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Today was the big one! I hit double digits and turned 10 today. I was hoping for just a lot of love and pressies but I ended up getting some grooming done today. As I age (like a fine wine, might I add) I am less tolerant of getting brushed. What can I say, I just don't like it. Anyway, mom wanted me to look good for my birthday. Oh well, what is done is done.
I got some freeze dried liver and homemade Shepherd's Pie. Yummy! I also got some new Grandma Lucy biscuits. :)
Tomorrow daddy is off work so we are going to lunch at McDonalds. I overheard them say something about those new popcorn chicken bites. I hope those are yummy.
So even though I had to get brushed, I still had a super birthday and the temp was only around 70. Pawfect!!
August 9th 2012 9:09 am
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Wowzers! Hitting the big 1-0 next week. I haven't decided what I want them to buy me yet but it better be something great. After all it is 10 years and I'm worth it :)
Mom recently switched my food to The Honest Kitchen's dehydrated line. She said it would be easier for me to eat. Yuki was switched to it as well. I think it is yummy but I always get it on my facial fur :(
Some pawciting news is that there is a slight possibility we may be moving. Mom says now that the non-fur boys are moving out that we can look for a bit of a smaller home and one with more land. I'm all for whatever they decide. The market is terrible though so who knows if it is possible. I am pretty sure Chester would love more land, I personally could care less since I just want to lounge on the deck anyway. They are looking for an acre at least.
Way cooler temps right now, today should only hit 74 so it is quite comfortable. Before you know it, winter will be here. I don't mind fall, but winter is the pits.
Anyway, it has been a bit since I posted so I thought I would make and entry and shout out to my pals. I hope everyone is enjoying the summer.
February 22nd 2012 2:03 pm
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Well, it is Ash Wednesday today and I have decided that for lent I am going to give up being nice to these silly boys I live with.
November 20th 2011 9:05 am
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I put my money where my mouth is for this football game (and I have a pretty big mouth, at least that is what daddy says). I bet that my pawsome wonderful Brian Furlacher and the Chicago Bears can beat those San Diego Chargers. There is a star on da line so I hope they don't disappoint.
After last week's commanding win, I'm hoping this week holds the same. I'd like to say best of luck Hobo, but I'm not going to. BOL BOL! I wanna win! JK, good luck Hobo
August 16th 2011 4:47 pm
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My birthday didn't start out as planned but it quickly turned around! I had to go to the vet today to have them look at the skin below my eye since it was a bit red. The vet wants mom to trim the hair a bit there and gave us some medicated wipes to clean the area 3 times a day. They said it was skin dermatitis but it doesn't really bother me much. After the vet though, Josh took me to Arbys and I got a whole chicken finger! It was a big one, too. And then he sneaked and gave me some of the roast beef from his sandwich. I was bloated by the time we got home but oh how good it was. I had to take a nap after all that fussing over me at the vet and that great lunch afterward.
All and all, a very good day