Wednesday, July 1, 2020

Wordy Wednesday

Mom is going to try not to be too wordy today, but we wanted to give you our latest medical update.

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:)

31 comments:

Sandee said...

Thanks for the updates. I know you're on top of all of this and I'm sure you'll get things back as good as you can get them. That's what good parents do.

Have a fabulous Wordy Wednesday. Scritches to the pups. ♥

My Mind's Eye said...

Oh dear me Misty...your furs look absolutely lush and I just want to bury my face in them...You so deserved pampering. I'm happy happy the bump is is cyst. Since this is a family show I won't say what my mind wants to say about your lack of proper medical care. If I said it I'd probably need to wash my mouth out with lye soap. Heart worm medicine is such an easy one to give and just plain IMPORTANT...just very elementary. I will never understand....

Lightning I'm beginning to wonder if your issues might have been 1/4 having your pack separated. I realize there are medical things too but you and Timber did so miss your Princess...as did all of us.

Timber bless your heart...keep giving the siblings lots of love and healing kisses.
Hugs cecilia

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
You three are in such good hands with your mum and dad and your vets and I just know that all that can be will be done... and meanwhile you will have fun!!! Hugs and wags, YAM-aunty xxx

Millie and Walter said...

We're glad to hear all is a go for Misty's surgery. It will be a long road but one you've been down before. It's good that Lightning's kidneys look good but we're sorry the vet hasn't been able to figure out what is wrong. We are keeping our paws crossed that everything goes well for the surgery and you can figure out how to help Lightning but it's also good that he has had some dry nights.

Brian said...

We're really thankful for no bad news and I'm sure the Vets will figure it all out. I'm sure glad Misty put on some weight. Love ya sweet Woos!

Pinot and Angel Momo said...

So sorry for my long absence....My paws crossed for everything you're going through..

Pinot xo

CheerfulMonk said...

I love the updates, thank you for the words! I'm just so glad that Misty is back with her loving family and receiving good care again. Fingers crossed for her and Lightning.

KB said...

I am so glad that Misty can have her surgery. I am so sorry that no one gave her heartworm meds since she left you. My fingers are crossed that it caused no harm.

I feel sure that the Lightning situation will be figured out. I hope that maybe this break in the pee accidents is a good sign.

Hugs to all of you.

Foley Monster, Pocket and River Song said...

That sounds like a good report with some mysteries. I hope you get the answers and the problems are easily solved. We pray for no more accidents too.

Ruby said...

Oh Woos, I am so glads that things are good! I hopes the vetties can find out the mysteries ~ that is always worrisome fursure, butts I gots confidence that you will figure it all out. I am sendin' lots of POTP, and healin' vibes and AireZens your way! {{{{hugs}}}}
Thinkin' of all of you!
Kisses,
Ruby ♥

easyweimaraner said...

we send big hugs and we hope the test in fall is negative too... and we cross our paws as hard as we can for all woo's ;O)

Bouncing Bertie said...

Thanks for the report. Mostly better news today, but we continue to wish for more improvements.

Kinley Westie said...

Sending POTP!

Zoolatry said...

XXX
OOO
For each wonderful WOO.
And a big hug for Mom too!

Molly the Airedale said...

We continue to send lots of AireZen and positive thoughts to both of you, Misty and Lightning and a huge hug for your sweet mom♥

Memories of Eric and Flynn said...

Thanks for the update. It seems poor Misty had a rough time of it before she came back, but it is good she is quickly putting weight back. As for the previous person not keeping her heartworm treatment up to date, and most likely not flea or tick either, words fail me! I am so glad she is back with all of you.
I can't remember how long Lightning has had his peeing problems. I know you have said, but my memory is not what it was.
I was wondering if it was the stress of Misty suddenly disappearing. Things can sometimes take a while to appear, and he has improved since she returned home. Just a thought.
I hope all goes well for both. I am glad Timber is doing great.

Matilda the Boxer said...

Good boy, Timber! It's very impawtant for your momma to have ONE pup who is doing okay, so keep it up! Misty & Lightning, we hope you both feel better soon and that everything goes well. Paws crossed!

C.L.W.STEP said...

That's a pretty big list of problems! Hopefully everything will get sorted out.

Sue said...

You all look wonderful and happy!

tammy j said...

words about such loved ones are never wasted. holding only GOOD thoughts for them. and tiny Timber! with his perfect little white teeth in that smile! xoxo

Catscue Cat Mom said...

We needed these words, updates are always welcome. So far good news, we'll keep y'all in our prayers for continued good news. Timber, you have a beautiful smile sweetie!

Tails Around the Ranch said...

Seems like reasonably good news for Misty and not horrible news for your mystery boy, Lightening. We'll keep paws crossed that your vet is able to find some answers soon and everyone starts to improve. Ear rubs for all three Sibes.

Hailey and Zaphod and their Lady said...

🤞all goes well with the pack.
When our angel Loki was dying, our angel Gemini started obsessive peeing etc. We did all the thests. Turned out she was just stressed. She knew. Once we resisted her water a bit and made a few other changes it stopped (my 15 lbs dog was drinking 15 cuos of water a day), it helped.

Tama-Chan, Bibi-Chan, Gen-Chan, Vidock, Violette, Ollie said...

Sorry we're late. Thanks for the update on Misty and Lightning. They both sound like riddles wrapped in a mystery, don't they?

We will be crossing paws that all goes smoothly for Misty's surgery and recovery, and that Lightning's "dry spell" continues!

Woofs,
Ollie et al

Pam and Teddy said...

We wouldn't WANT you to be wordless when you're giving us updates on everyone! It's a shame that whatever is going on with Lightning is being a bit elusive but your vets sound like magic-workers and if there's something to find and diagnose they will. Misty looks so happy and we're glad she's gained some weight. Hope the surgery goes SUPER well for her. Timber I'm SURE is happy she's back home and I think he will take care of HER and his big brother for sure.....he's a little paramedic!! LOL

Take care...........bless all of you........
Love, Pam and Teddy too

The Florida Furkids said...

Thank you for the updates. We'll keep our purrs and prayers going until everyone is 100% better.

The Florida Furkids

Sue said...

We have fingers and paws crossed here for both your babies. Keep us up to date on their progress.

Lola The Rescued Cat said...

Paws crossed. We're sending lots of healing purrs.

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

We hope you can find out what is wrong with Lightening and that it has a solution, apparently guys like to be mysterious. Mom had to look psychogenic polydypsia up as we had never heard of it.

Alasandra, The Cats and Dogs said...

We are so sorry Misty wasn't given heartworm medicine while she was away. We are purring and doing POTP really hard that she doesn't have heartworms. But Tuiren as a heartworm survivor wants her to know that you can recover.

Huskies622 said...

You have your hands full with Misty and Lightning's medical issues, but it sound like you have a great vet and you are totally on top of it, what GREAT pet parents you are!

Kiki and Rosie