Sweet Ciara is under the care of a neurologist in the hopes that we can help her with the seizures.
If all goes well, in about a week, she will be accepted into a seizure study being conducted nation-wide for seizure control. She still has to have her final screening. We do not want to put her on the phenobarbital too quickly in the hope that her seizures will space themselves out a bit more. Being in this study will buy us some time while she is still getting excellent and close monitoring.
We are all trying to stay optimistic, but Mom says it is hard when she knows just by looking at the Princess that something isn't quite right.
She has lost her zip and free spirit. We hope it is a temporary thing because she is just so young.
And as if this isn't enough to deal with, Phantom had his annual exam on Thursday. As part of his senior checkup, he had his blood stolen for testing. Unfortunately the results were concerning.
In addition to a few levels being a bit out of whack, four of his liver functions are elevated quite a bit. This could be due to many things including liver disease of some sort. The biggest possibility is a side effect of the Deramaxx that he is taking for his back issues and arthritis. Since he has been on the medicine, we have noticed a marked improvement in his mobility and overall behavior. Although his eating is still a problem, at least now he isn't in his crate all day and he has been waking Mom up a lot less at night, probably because his back and joints are so much more comfortable. So the dilemma is, do we stop the deramaxx and put him back in pain, or at 15 do we think more of his comfort and leave him on it? Any thoughts appreciated. We are pretty sure we know the right answer.
Hey, what about me? Don't I get a role in this post too?
Lightning is really missing his playful pal Ciara and keeps wondering why he is outside alone so much. He wants someone to come play with him. Ruby, any chances you can come this way?
As you can see, we are all still very interested in a tasty treat, even if Phantom is having a hard time keeping his front legs up:)
We wish we had a happier post for you today. We hope you will understand if we aren't around much. Mom says it is getting harder and harder to be "up" when so much is "down".
Woos - Phantom, Ciara, and Lightning