Today we are joining in on Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop with a more or less positive update on Lightning for which we are thankful.
Our gentle giant has had us a little worried lately as he hasn't been quite "himself" for a few weeks. He has been doing a lot of this quiet time, or at least a lot more than usual. His coat has been very dry. Sometimes he lies in positions that makes Mom think he just doesn't feel good Mom says she "knows" her pups well and that something just seems off.
So after a conversation with our vet, Dr. C. suggested we run a full blood panel on him to check things out. He had one done last fall as part of his annual exam, so we would have a good source of comparison.
Overall the results came back looking pretty good. One item, the platelet count, is raising a few concerns as it is low. The report indicates the presence of large platelets and some clumping. There are so many possibilities that could explain this, some not so good, and some that could just be related to a bad blood draw. The vet is suggesting that we wait a few weeks, monitor his behavior, and then redraw the blood for another check. This way they would be able to see what the platelet count is doing. They will probably use a bigger needle for the draw and try to get Lightning as relaxed as possible. He was pretty scared yesterday and had to be held still. He doesn't deal well with stress as he has a lot of anxiety. His behavior and the use of a smaller needle could have had an impact on the sample.
Meanwhile, Misty is going to keep close tabs on her best buddy.
Mom wants to see this smiling Lightning around for a very long time. He may be her silly querky boy, but he is a very kind and loving dog.
Thanks for all the POTP for our boy.
Woos - Lightning and Misty