This is just a short post today. We're asking for the Power Of The Paw for Samba.
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.