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.