Thursday, April 6, 2017

Thankful Thursday with an update


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





35 comments:

The Florida Furkids said...

Purrs and prayers going out to Lightning. We know how scary it is when a furbaby isn't feeling well.

The Florida Furkids and Mom Sharon

Madi and Mom said...

Ohhhh Lightning. I can identify with being a nervous Nellie at the VEts when the wanna stick us. I'm sending purr and kitty kisses that the next few weeks will show remarkable improvement. You sure to have two very attentive nurses
Hugs madi your bfff

Marg said...

We sure do send lots of purrs and some very special Hee Haws to you Lightning in hopes that the blood work comes back all perfect. Glad that Misty girl is keeping you company.It is so darn scary when they act puny. You all have a good day.

Brian said...

Oh dear Lightning, we are so sorry you are not feeling well my friend. We are all sending major purrs and prayers to you, we love you big guy?

Two French Bulldogs said...

We are sending lots of healing vibes to you friend
Lily & Edward

Julie said...

Oh sweet fella I am sending you lots and lots of healing licky kisses, I do hope you feel better soon!
Loves and licky kisses
Princess Leah xxx

Molly the AireGirl said...

I am sending you lots and lots of AireZen, Lightning! I want you back to yourself SOON!

Bella Roxy & Macdui said...

POTP and crossed paws from us. We don't like to hear about our boy being out of sorts. We know Misty is up to the job of watching him.

Team Beaglebratz with Lady Shasta said...

Hey there Lightning - so furry much sorry tue hear that u r not feelin'well. Hope thingz git better - I iz gonna send u sum POTP an'my speshal Beagle arooooz.
Lady Shasta

Team Beaglebratz with Lady Shasta said...

Mom Kim here - Whoops - Lady Shasta sent that before I had a chance to intervene. Anyway, so sorry to hear that Lightning is not so well - sending prayers and healing vibes that all will work out.

Also, I want to thank you for reminding me I wanted to do the same blood test for Lady Shasta - it is probably just her getting older and being an only right now but she lays around a lot and sleeps. She is willing to go on walkies with me but not play much when I try to interact with her unless it is napping or sleeping. I do plan on getting a companion for her but that is a few months off yet due to family things. I am praying for Lightning.

Frankie Furter and Ernie said...

OMD we are sending POTP and Crossed Paws... We are sorry that you have been feeling Outta Sorts... Maybe it is just some sort of SPRING FEVER thingy...

Idaho PugRanch said...

Lightning - we are sorry you are not feeling your best lately. Thank goodness your mom knows you so well and she and your dogtor are looking at things.
we send you lots of POTP furiend!
hugs
Mr Bailey, Hazel & Mabel

Christmas said...

If you see a huge truck in front of your house, it's just a truckload of love and POTP I sent to you, complete with some treats!

LBJ said...

Sending healing thoughts for our dear friend Lightning. I hope he is feeling better soon.

Abby Lab

Louis the Blogging Dog said...

I have four paws crossed fur lightning!
Yur Furend
Louis Dog Armstrong

BeadedTail said...

Oh noes! We're sending lots of purrs and prayers for Lightning to feel better soon! Give him extra snooter smooches for us!

Amber DaWeenie said...

Oh No! We've been a little out of the loop the last few days and didn't know about Lightning.

We have all our paws crossed and also sending lots and lots of POTP. Mom is saying prayers for a good test the next time around.

Hugs

24 Paws of Love said...

Sending 24 POTP your way, Lightning! We hope you are feeling better real soon. Sorry you aren't feeling like yourself lately.

We will be thinking about you and your as always you are in our prayers along with the Momster.

Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song said...

We are praying very hard for our friend Lightening

Dory and the Mama said...

We are sending lots and lots of POTP Lightenings way!

Dachshund Nola said...

POTP to Lightning!

Mark Muller said...

Lightning I'm so glad that the results came back with good news.... POTP to you and I hope so much that you are back to 100% big sibe brother soon...

onespoiledcat said...

We will ALWAYS be on Lightning's POTP team - he's such a handsome and sweet boy and has been so good to Misty. We hope whatever is off with him is minor and will be "right as rain" soon. We'll be watching!!!

Love, Angel Sammy and Teddy

Caren Gittleman said...

Praying that Lightning begins to feel better so that a second blood test isn't necessary! DakotasDen

C.L.W.STEP said...

We sure hope Lightning will be OK! Sending lots of POTP!

The Furry Kids said...

We are sending tons and tons of purrs!

The Army of Four said...

Take good care of that handsome brother of yours, Misty!
Cammie!

Molly T. said...

We'll be keeping you all in our thoughts and prayers. With Molly's recent drama we can totally relate to the worry and stress you're going through right now. Sending you much weenie love and tons of sloppy little weenie girl kisses.

Molly and my Mom @The Fast and The Furriest

http://thefastandthefurriestat.weebly.com/

CheerfulMonk said...

Fingers crossed and best wishes!

Jeanne Pursell said...

We are sending lots and lots of POTP for Lightning!! I haven't been around for a couple of days and somehow missed this...I am sorry to hear that Lightning is under the weather. Sure hope that things improve quickly and he is back to himself. Misty wants her crazy buddy ready to Rock and Roll!

Sue said...

Try to relax, Lightning. Our vet says excitement or nerve can throw off the lab reports. We're hoping that you're already feeling better. Maybe that puppy sister of yours is wearing you out. Go off by yourself and grab a nap now and then.

Huskies622 said...

Awww, we are sorry that Lightning hasn't been feeling his best, our humans do worry about us when we act a little different. Hopefully it nothing too serious and you are back to having fun chasing squirrels and your sister!

Your friends Kiki and Nala

~Kim at Golden Pines~ said...

I'm sorry to read that your boy is "off" and like so many of your blogging friends, we are also sending lots and lots of POTP for your handsome gentle giant, Lightning, to feel better!!

Shoalimar Huskies said...

Oh Lightning .. we will be putting our paws together and saying some prayers for you...

Dennis the Vizsla said...

hello woos its dennis the vizsla dog hay i am glad lightning is feeling more smiley tooday i am sending lots of vizsla tail wags that it kontinyooz and that his reechek comes bak with gud nooz!!! ok bye