Thursday, April 03, 2008

Ruby Doodle

The blood test results came back. All her levels that determine organ function are normal. But her white blood cells, the ones specifically for fighting infection, are high. She also has a high level of a precurser that shows a possible infection is ongoing.

Pairing that with the fact that she is peeing more often (but not as much each time), is off her regular food but sometimes takes other things, and that her temp is slightly more elevated today than it was yesterday (and yesterday it was 1/2 a degree high), the vet is thinking maybe bladder infection. He gave her a new shot - a broad spectrum antibiotic that works very quickly and has good results. So now we are waiting to see if there is any improvement. If not, we will start thinking again about taking her to the states to have that ultrasound done on her heart. I am hoping beyond hope that it IS a bladder infection, because that is treatable and the prognosis is good. I did some searching on heart issues, and frankly, the results are never very happy.

As an aside, I think she is starting to LIKE that office LOL. She walked up immediately on the scale again today, and sat there looking at me patiently. She went over to the office cat and tried to give her kisses (her name is Casper, and apprently she does NOT want pug kisses). She investigated every corner and took special notice to a small statue of a golden lab they have in the waiting room. She was fascinated with it, and wagged her tail as she sniffed. Hey, I never said she was the smartest crayon in the box. She can wag her tail at inanimate objects all she wants as long as she gets better.

She let one of the vet techs clean her eyes with a kleenex (she is very good about that. Even DD can do it) and she took a treat from her, albeit when it was broken into small bites. So she is hungry, she just doesn't want her kibble. It kind of makes sense, if you think about it. If her bladder infection is causing pain and discomfort it might even be making her naseaus. She may be associating the pain with her food, and with the lawn. See, I have noticed that she seems afraid to go onto the back lawn the last two days. But I thought it was because we had a really windy day and the pool moved a bit. DD also left some toys on the lawn. Ruby does NOT like when things change or new things appear. But now that I think back, she even acts funny in the FRONT yard. Maybe if it hurts to pee, and she has avoidance syndrome LOL, that is why she is avoiding the lawn. Or I may be grasping at straws.

Either way, keep keeping your fingers crossed!


Anonymous said...

Ohhhh Roo-Roo hurry and feel better.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Ruby Doo, please get better soon! Please keep us posted, Dances. Love the pic of Ruby.


Anonymous said...

Straws are for grasping and your thinking, in my opinion, is sound.
I'm hoping for 'bladder infection' too. RooRoo Ruby is getting some good care.


Nevis said...

Ruby will be in my prayers. :)

Anonymous said...

What a cutie! Just makes you smile.