Thursday, August 23, 2012

Keep Your Paws Crossed

This is just a short post today. We're asking for the Power Of The Paw for Samba.
It's been almost three years since Samba was diagnosed with MMM and although she's had a couple of relapses, for the most part she's done well. Lately I've noticed a few things that have worried me.

Samba has always been one of those dogs that inhales her food then goes to help the nearest dog finish his or hers, but for the last ten days she's been the last one finished. On Sunday she refused her dinner. On Monday morning she didn't want her breakfast but at my urging she ate a little, but when she refused her toast I knew we had a major problem. She's also had some vomiting and diarrhea, so I made a call to the vet. He said to bring her in immediately.

Her checkup was good, normal temperature and no sign of pain in her  jaw, but Dr B noticed that she didn't seem like herself. Normally she's into everything, but this time she just sat quietly. He drew blood and told me what to feed her and what meds to give to sooth her tummy.

When the blood test results came back, they looked pretty good except for one liver enzyme that had spiked since her last test in May and her cholesterol  and albumin levels were low. The combination worried him and yesterday she spent the morning at the hospital having a bile acid test. In this test she fasts for twelve hours, has blood drawn, then eats a meal and two hours later has more blood drawn. The look to see how the liver is handling the bile. Her test results will be back tomorrow.

On Monday Samba will have xrays taken of her liver and intestines. Then Dr B and I'll sit down and discuss the results and form a plan as to how to treat her condition.

For now, we've increased her prednisone and she's taking something for nausea. She's lost ten pounds over the past year and though she's at an ideal weight right now, she looks small and frail to me. She's just not acting like a happy, naughty Portie.

I'm hoping that I have good news to report  on Monday, but I'm pretty worried about my girl right now. If you can spare a good thought for her this weekend, we'd certainly appreciate it.

35 comments:

The Life of Riley said...

Paws are crossed in New Zealand.

Love
Riley and Enzo

SissySees said...

Crossed paws and prayers for your girl. I'm sorry she's not feeling... acting like herself. That's always troubling. Sending healing drool and good vibes your way, Samba!

Two French Bulldogs said...

We are sending good vibes to sweet Samba
Benny & Lily

Susie and Sidebite said...

We have our paws crossed, and will do so until the test come in!!!!

Your Furends
Susie & Bites

Team Beaglebratz said...

Aww poor Samba - so sorry u r not feelin'llke yourself theze dayz. We Beaglebratz r crossin'our pawz an'mom iz gonna send sum prayerz and strong vibez your way. Hope u r feelin'better REAL SOON.
Shiloh'n Shasta

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

A bile acid test may be next on the agenda for Annie--But I'll certainly keep Samba in my prayers for a good report. I know how you are worried about your girl, and I will hope that her appetite picks up and that spark returns!!

Sam and Pippen said...

All our paws are crossed for sweet Samba!

Sam and Pippen

Mitch and Molly said...

Our paws are crossed for you, Samba, and we're sending you lots and lots of AireZen!

Love ya lots,
Mitch and Molly

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Poor Samba. We are sorry we didn't see this earlier. Please know that we all have our paws crossed for sweet Samba. You have nursed her through so much, we hope the news is good, or at least manageable.

Hugs and Woos - Phantom, Thunder, Ciara, and Lightning and Mom

Nichole said...

We've already been chatting about this, but I wanted to leave a comment here too... you know we all have our fingers & paws crossed in NH and are sending tuns of good vibes your way. Love to Samba!

soulbrush said...

You know that all our paws are crossed here across the pond too for your lovely Samba. Hopefully it will be better news than you ever imagined. xxx

scotsmad said...

Our paws and fingers are crossed for the girl. We know she's in good hands, though.

XXXOOO Daisy, Bella & Roxy

rottrover said...

Paws here are crossed!Samba, the whole Twiggy thing is so over!

-Ruby and Bart

Sam said...

We are saying prayers.

Sam

Jo's World said...

You better just know that Samba will get crossed paws, prays,& walk around good wishes from us here. She is a brave girl and will fight all she can to stay well. With all the heat we have been having, it seems like we all feel some bad.

Anyway, get well Samba and do what Mom and Doc tell you to do.

Kisses,

Jo, Stella and Zkhat

Lorenza said...

My paws are crossed for Samba.
I hope everything is going to be ok
Take care
Kisses and hugs
Lorenza

Ann Oon said...

Paws crossed. Samba will be in our thoughts and prayers.

HUGS!

Nola said...

Oh no! Paws crossed
Nola

Casey said...

I hope he improves.

Mango said...

You have our good thoughts, you know it. Samba will be close to us in our hearts.

Mango, Mango Momma, and Dexter

parlance said...

I'll add my prayers, for a good outcome.

Lovable Lily said...

Our doxie paws are crossed too!

Hugs,
Lily Belle & Muffin

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Oh Dear Samba, we have paws crossed for you. Sorry you don't feel well. Try and eat some more sweetie. Hugs to all. No worries, and LOVE, Stella and Rory

Marjie said...

Poor baby! On the anniversary of the weekend we lost Thor, we are hoping for the best for you and Samba.

Winston said...

We have all 12 paws crossed and are sending purrs, prayers and Wirey hugs your way.

Winston. Chloe, Cecil and Mom Shawn

K9 Katastrophie said...

Hi Mango sent us. We are praying for you!

Licks,
Ruthie

chicamom85 said...

My pal Mango told me about you and I am crossing paws that you feel better soon.

Loveys Sasha

Jeanne Pursell said...

Poor Samba! We are sending all kinds of good vibes and praying for good news on Monday! Xoxo Chloe and LadyBug

Roo said...

Sending Samba lots and lots of wellness wishes and healing vibes. Feel better Samba!

Wags and Hugs,
The Roo Family

Priscilla said...

We are sending our prayers to you, sweet Samba!

Ruby said...

Oh no. Mango sent me over to send you some POTP! I hope you feel right soon. I will be thinkin' about you Monday when you get your tests done, and I hope they all turn out ok. Sendin' AireZens your way.

Kisses,

Ruby

Agnes B Bullock said...

POTP from our pack to yours!

charlie girl said...

Penny and Monty and even CLyde the grumpy cat are crossing paws and wishing Samba good health!

A Wonderful Dogs Life said...

Samba we are visiting from Mango's blog. We hope you are feeling much better soon. I know from experience it's no fun when you can't eat. I'm having trouble eating myself right now. I too have lost a lot of weight. Hopefully we will both be back to our normal selves very soon.

Emma

Nicki said...

Hope you get some good news!