Home from my SPA day yesterday:)
Misty first - all of Misty's bloodwork came back well except for a pretty high reading on her eosiniphils. The thought was that maybe she had picked up some parasites while she was away from us. So the vet did a fecal float test and a heartworm test. The results on the fecal test were negative, no worms found at all. The heartworm test was done because Misty did not receive any heartworm medication since she left us. Her last dose before she left was given by Mom in December and then she got another dose last week. We typically get heartworm meds year round. The vet explained that heartworm doesn't typically show up for at least six months so we were expecting the heartworm test to be negative, as it was. But it also checks for other problems, like tick-borne diseases. Those too were negative. She isn't out of the woods for heartworm but we will retest in the fall. She has a big bump on her upper back/neck area that is an epidermal cyst and is benign. She will likely have that removed during her second knee surgery. We still don't have an explanation for the high eosiniphinils reading. but the vets are not concerned. The good news is that she has gained about 2 lbs. since she came home last week. Her first surgery is still scheduled for Friday pending consultation Thursday with the surgeon.
The Big Guy needs his rest.
And now for Lightning - he is our mystery boy for sure. His urine culture came back negative, no evidence of any bacteria at all. So that was good news. His ultrasound showed that his kidneys look good too. His liver has some mildly coarse echotexture, but nothing of concern was noted. The left adrenal gland is enlarged with about two times normal thickness. The right adrenal gland was not clearly seen but possibly enlarged. Although it is great news about his kidneys, it leaves us with no answers as to what is going on with him. His excessive peeing has abated over the past week, and he has had three totally dry nights. The vet wants to give it a week to be sure this isn't just an anomaly and if the excessive urine output is still an issue. We will check the concentration of the urine two more times next week. If the peeing picks up, more tests will be done. Although Cushing's has been ruled out, atypical Cushing's is a possibility due to the notes about the adrenal glands. Another thought is psychogenic polydypsia, hepatopathy, leptospirosis, or central diabetes insipidus. So after two weeks plus of testing, we are no closer to a diagnosis and a lot of green papers short. We will keep working at an answer and hope we find one.
Hey, what about me???
Timber is doing great - very happy to have his sister home. We hope he adjusts well to her confinement following surgery.
Woos - Lightning, Misty, and Timber
Sorry, we weren't very wordless:)