Thursday, February 12, 2015

Fragments

The information below was written my my husband and sent to all our boating friends and our family about a month ago. Here is part two, written by hubby, on this continuing saga.

The Saga of Old Dogs - Part II

Little Bit went to the Doctor’s office yesterday for a blood draw for liver enzymes. As you recall she had one enzyme that in December was 3,000 and in January 4,000.

When we had the big jump in January we completely stopped her anti-inflammatory medicine Previcox and began a daily Veterinarian medication plus Vitamin E. The result of the loss of the anti-inflammatory caused increase pain in her joints which led to some unpleasant episodes watching her back end collapse at various times. Nevertheless, she learned how much movement she was able to do and is showing signs that she can deal with the loss if the anti-inflammatory and generally stay on her feet.

The test showed a double of one enzyme that the Doctor seemed to be calling ACL. This was a concern to him but he cautioned that it could have been a problem with the testing process. When we included in the conversation that we had stopped Previcox he concluded that was the reason for the increase. The better news is that the four letter enzyme starting with A???, that was in the 4,000’s has dropped back to 3,000.

Given that Little Bit is feeling fine, out every day sticking her nose in gopher holes, barking up cats and wagging her tail for love from all the neighbors, the Doctor recommends continuing with the monthly blood tests and monitoring her progress.

We thank the Lord every day for the joy she has brought to our lives.
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  1. I'm so happy for you all

    *squeal*

    Good to know. I was curious about Little Bit's progress but was afraid to ask.

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    1. We are hoping next month the numbers will go down more. We think the problem was the Previcox. So, we'll see if the numbers continue their downward spiral. No more seizures and the tremors are all gone. :)

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  2. I'm so glad to hear that Little Bit is doing ok. Thanks for the update

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    1. All the horrible symptoms she had are all gone and she feels good again. You're most welcome on the update. :)

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  3. Oh, such wonderful news. Hope it continues and she continues to bark up cats... just not mine, please. ;)

    Big hugs xoxo

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    1. We are hopeful that the anti-inflammatory was the problem. We're pretty sure of it. :)

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  4. Hooray that she's doing better!

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    1. She's doing so much better. :)

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  5. Sounds like continuing contributions to the vet's kids education fund. Anyway, I'm flad LB is feeling her oats.

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    1. There is that, but we only care about Little Bit. :)

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  6. Oh Sandee that is such good news. I have never used prevacox. Ande is on Meloxicam and I wonder if that is making her liver enzymes go up
    Ande is also on Adequan shots which I think has helped her a lot with her arthritis. There are not any side effects to that, I don't think. I take her to the vet once a week and they give her the shot since I am chicken to do it by myself. Then it eventually goes down to once a month. Ask your vet about it.

    But I am glad you figuered out how to get the numbers down.
    Take care.

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    1. It could be Marg. Got to watch out for the medication we give our babies. I'll check out the Adequan. :)

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  7. That's wonderful news! Made my eyes leaky but in a happy way! Give her extra smooches for me!

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    1. It made my eyes leaky in a happy way to. I just gave her extra smooches from you. She said woof woof. :)

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  8. Barking up cats is the BEST. I was afraid to read this all the way through, and then I got a big smile!

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    1. We got a big smile and I had leaky eyes when the vet called with the numbers. We're hoping next month the numbers a lower yet. :)

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  9. Continued good luck and good news to you and yours!

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    1. Thank you Jean. We know she's old, but all we want for her is to have a good quality life. :)

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  10. I hope Little Bit can continue to improve, and can continue to be active and happy.

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    1. We think she can Binky. As long as we never give her Previcox again. :)

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  11. I am glad she is on the up and up again now. Our Katrin had liver and kidney failure. She wasn't getting Previcox. Her ashes sit on our hall bombé chest in a little wooden box.

    Sounds like Little Bit is your dog but Hubby takes major care of her. That was the way it was with Mrs. Jim's dog, Katrin.
    :)
    ..

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    1. She is daddies baby. She just tolerates me. When she is scared she comes to me. Outside of that she follows hubby everywhere. :)

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  12. Really, really good news! So happy for your sweet girl.

    Scritches to LB and big hugs to you both, honey...

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    1. The best part is she's feeling good and we can tell. She's back to her old self. We're sure that the numbers will continue to go down. :)

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  13. Good to hear that she is improving. Our pets are like our children aren't they. Scritches to Little Bit & nose licks from Dixie

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