|Barked: Tue Apr 14, '09 12:42pm PST |
Sorry that Sarah Kate is having problems. I hope the antibiotics help get her straightened out soon; they should help with any infection in the incision, too.
The black belly can mean a few things, such as thyroid problems and Cushing's. Both conditions, as well as others, can cause changes in the pigmentation and Cushing's can cause little black pimple looking things which are calcium deposits on the skin. Zinc deficiencies can also cause skin changes.
Give Sarah Kate time to heal from the spay (good move! ), and then have a complete chem panel run on her. This will give an indication of the functioning of her adrenals, kidneys, liver, and pancreas, and may give you a direction to start looking in. With the stress of the spay and the infection, it is best to let her settle down a bit first, tho. Any stress, physical or otherwise, can skew test results.
Wishing you and Sarah Kate the very best!
Leslie and the girls
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