Friday, June 27, 2008

Quick Update

Just a quick update..... the Motel 6 doesn't have WIFI, but the Best Western next door does! I discussed Travis' symptoms with my friend, Anne, on the drive to Murfreesboro. Anne thought that he may have Cushings Disease. Her Ridgeback, Beckett, had developed the problem the last year of his life and he exhibited very similar symptoms. I'd pretty much sold myself on the idea. Cushings can be expensive to treat initially, but once in the maintenance stage, the cost comes down and the dog can continue to live a normal, quality life. Well... forget that idea. Dr. Castle called around 10 AM and the bloodwork did not indicate Cushings as a possiblity. He does however have elevated liver values. One in particular was 4 times higher than what is considered normal. I wish I had more details, but its hard for me to recall all the information without having taken any notes. Since the lab still had more blood, Dr. C requested that it be tested for Leptospirosis and Ehrlichiosis. My understanding is that both are relatively treatable. My brief, initial search on stolen WIFI leads me to believe that Lepto is a possiblity. Although the funny thing is that Lepto is actually the only vaccination I continue to give my dogs annually. But vaccinations are not 100% since there are new strains every year and Lepto is a current problem in our area..... so definitely a possibility. On Monday, if the results are negative, we will pursue another liver test and then an ultrasound. So we continue to wait......

Travis is doing fine today. He is definitely drinking large quantities of water and seems a little less active than he normally is. He is still running agility as well as he always does..... no change there. The weight loss still concerns me. He used to weigh about 67 - 68 lbs in his peak condition days and he weighed only 60.5 lbs on Thursday. He has absolutely no fat to lose, so it has to be mostly lost muscle weight.

Well, I could continue speculate all night. I will leave it be for now.

4 comments:

Sientay L said...

Gosh, I don't know what to say. I do hope whatever Travis has is easily treatable and he will be back to normal. Have a great weekend of agiling. Big hugs to Travis!

greytblackdog said...

I am currently researching Lepto cheers and I don't know one off hand. Roxy has ehlichwhateveritis and is happy to welcome Travis into the club.

L L L to the E. E E E to the P. P P P to the T. T T T to the O. Let's hope this one sticks. Hugs and kisses to the T-man and worry-free rest to you.

Kathy said...

I'm glad to see an update. I've been thinking about you all. If it's something with his liver, it's an organ that tends to heal and regenerate better than others. A liver panel should be helpful to check bile acid level. My parrot has had liver disease. It took several years but he is in great health now. I've got fingers and toes crossed that whatever it is that is not serious and very treatable! Keep us posted.

Never Say Never Greyhounds said...

Thanks for all the get well wishing. Hopefully we'll have info today.

Jen