July 24th 2007 12:09 pm
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I received a call from Dr. Stevenson yesterday. Rocky's MRI results have been analyzed by a radiologist but there is no new information. :(
It seems that the inflammation could be as Dr. S suspects - either GME, or lymphoma (a type of brain cancer, though unlikely because there are no other symptoms. I hope not, anyway!) It is also possible that we are too late in trying to save his eyesight. Perhaps Rocky's optic nerves are way too damaged, such that even if we can control the inflammation, he will be permanently blind.
In the meantime, Rocky is the same. He is still bumping into things. He has become super flatulent and his poos are runny but that could be because I am giving him new stuff to eat, like glucosamine biscuits, chewable vitamin tablets (with Milk Thistle for his liver), skin-&-coat nibbles and cheese-flavored "dental bones". If he is going to be extra hungry (from the prednisone) and if I am going to be giving him treats anyway, I may as well give him some good healthy stuff, right?
For the next week starting today , I am doubling his prednisone dosage to10mg twice a day. Dr. S. says that if there are still no changes after 1 week, it will be time to wean him off the steroid.
The good news is that in spite of his blindness and bumping into things, Rocky is still a very happy, playful and loving dog. He gets lots of compliments on the street for being handsome and cute and he continues to be very spoiled here.
With a great list of tips for owners of blind dogs.
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