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We’re still waiting out Gida’s health uh-oh — we’re cautiously optimistic she’ll be OK. Catch up with her liver-vet-lethargy saga in last week’s post.
Despite a snowball of bad or confusing news, the vet visit answered other questions. For example, we learned that my Boston terrier’s teeth falling out wasn’t cause for five-alarm worry. Another knowledge nugget: she is, in fact, at very, very low-risk for bloat. So much so that the vet immediately dismissed it when we aired it as a culprit in her sickness.
Background: Gida got a new, raised food-and-water setup recently. A friend cautioned that raised bowls can cause bloat, a sometimes-deadly condition. Some research, including a Pawesome post on bloat in dogs, made it seem unlikely for a small Boston like Gida. Still, I was suspicious of the timing. And when you don’t know your ear from your asshole over these things, every possibility is a real, worrisome one.
That’s not to say that all small-dog bloat concerns should be dismissed. I certainly didn’t dismiss the thought, and I’m glad I held on to it long enough to ask a pro. Vet bills and emotional discomfort aside, having some answers amid the questions made a valuable silver lining.
Pawesome writer Tara recently wrote about her dog Gida’s liver enzyme rollercoaster and how difficult learning our pets are sick can be. When Tara told us about Gida’s test results, I was shocked because it was all too similar to the rollercoaster my fiance and I have been on ourselves for over a year with our dog, Happy. It started when I took Happy in for a routine vet visit and mentioned that he vomited on, what I felt, was a regular basis. At the time that meant vomiting 2-3 times a month. We started with a stool sample which ruled out giardia and routine bloodwork. When the vet called to give me the bloodwork results, I was stunned to hear his results were abnormal, with elevated ALT liver enzymes. I really thought he’d be fine. A very long story — with many more diagnostic tests over the course of a year — short, Happy likely has low grade liver disease or hepatitis. Without an invasive liver biopsy (the only test we haven’t done), we don’t know for sure what he has.
My attempts this year to turn my black thumb even slightly green have been thwarted at every turn by my two cats, Willy and Zena. Earlier this spring, I tried to start some seeds inside. Things were going okay until I took the tops off my starter containers, to let them get a bit higher — and then every day, came home to find that a few more seedlings were now missing their tiny new leaves, courtesy of my feline household companions. Read the rest of this entry »