Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Ultra Sound



Travis and I went to see Dr. Shaw for an ultra sound. She was very nice. His liver and gallbladder look perfect she said. Everything appeared to be healthy. She diagnosed him as having the early stages of liver disease. Today, the biliruben is higher, he is jaundice (very bad sign), and this morning he vomited yesterday's evening meal and treats. It is so strange to describe symptoms that make him sound so sick, yet he's still a perky, beautiful boy who is ready to play. The vet tech said he was the most beautiful greyhound she'd ever seen.... of course I already knew that. Dr. Shaw recommended that he be given fluids for the next few days to flush the biliruben out of his system meaning he has to spend the next several days in the hospital. Luckily I can bring him home at night. She also suggested a steroid, liver supplements, and antibiotics to see if we can get him feeling better and slow the progression of the disease. Basically, she told me that he would probably ultimately die of liver disease..... most likely sooner than later. The impression I'm getting from most is that we are talking about days... maybe a couple of weeks.



I transferred Travis to a closer animal hospital to receive fluids. His case was turned over to a fresh out of school vet who was ready to test for everything. We did take some chest x-rays, but didn't find anything.


I have four greyhound/sighthound friends who are vets, so I have been consulting with them. Its so hard to digest all of the information and decide what to do. One friend is an internist who suggested a liver biopsy and a 2nd opinion from a specialist. Maybe take him to one of the vet schools. She is concerned that he may have gotten into something toxic. I am not sure what that would be since he is almost never not supervised when out of his crate. I really don't want him to spend his final days getting poked and prodded especially if he's just going to die anyway. I already feel bad enough that he has to spend 3 days getting fluids. Unfortunately, money is always a factor also. I can only afford to do so much. Even the diagnostics alone are getting pretty expensive. I just can't believe that this is happening to Travis of all dogs at only 10 years of age. We always joked that he'd die in a fiery crash because nothing was ever going to slow him down. So much for that.

16 comments:

KF-in-Georgia said...

Oh, Jen. I'm so sorry. I'm bawling for you and for Travis and for all of you. This is so awful. You'll all be in my thoughts.

saramurphy100@aol.com said...

I'm so sorry for you, I just went through this in Feb. with Murphy(who looked a great deal like Travis),and was my everything! I had been hoping you would have better news than I did. I had just started reading your blog and all this started. I had been checking in steady and praying for this beautiful boy of yours.
Steroids and anibiotics gave us two more weeks. Never enough time.
I'm so sorry,
Sharon

kairon13 said...

I'm so sorry.
I read about this in kf-in-georgia's blog, and just wanted you to know I'm sending good thoughts.

Laura said...
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Laura said...

D@mn it! I am so sorry you got this type of news. But I'm also mad. Just angry that there are no better answers. Not angry at anyone or anything, just ticked. This isn't how it is supposed to be. Oh, I truly am sorry.

Denise- LessIsMore17 said...

:-( I'm SO sorry Jen, I don't even know what to say...this is just unbelievable.
I just don't undestand "life" sometimes:-(

Zan said...

Wow...hard to believe that anything can stop that beautiful hunk of dog of yours. I truly am sorry that you got such a devastating prognosis. Don't blame you for not wanting to send him off for more poking and prodding at this point. Just want to let you know how sorry I am to read this news.

greytblackdog said...

Oh, Jen. I'm so sorry. Sending good thoughts for you and Travis. He's a tough guy.

Life just sucks sometimes. It just isn't fair.

Patti said...

Oh Jen, I am so sorry to hear this.

We are all thinking of you and Travis. Your boy is surely something special! :)

Patti and Remi, Sugar, and Lucy

Paula said...

Jen, I'm so sorry to hear the news about Travis. I will be praying for a miracle.

Bridget said...

What. The. Hell.

Jen, I am so sorry. I am sitting her stunned, as I am sure you are too. Are they sure he only has that short of time?! It just doesn't seem possible.

Myself and a few greyhound friends have come up with a t-shirt that we were going to share wearing when awful things like this happen or when we have to make that terrible decision -- it will read in big bold letters:

It Just Sucks.

It seems to be the only appropriate response.

I am so sorry. Hugs to you and Travis.

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear this news. I will be thinking of Travis and wishing you guys the best.

-Marcos

Caron said...

I just wanted to tell you I'm so sorry! I've been reading your blog for awhile now because I'm getting started in agility with my boy. I'll be thinking of you and Travis and sending lots of love.

Caron

Kim said...

I am so sorry to hear about Travis. Please know that I am thinking and praying for you all.

Kim

Sientay L said...

OMG!! I'm so sorry. I can't believe it. We'll all be thinking of you guys and hoping for a miracle.

Pam said...

Jen, I'm so sorry you didn't get any helpful or good news from the vets! You and Travis/Jigmo will be in my thoughts!