Thursday, July 29, 2010

Update: Our Next Step

These were taken at the beginning of the month...before my back ankles decided to go bad on me. 

First, thanks again for your thoughts on the Rimadyl.  It has helped me tremendously and now Mom's not in tears every time she looks at me...sheesh, that was getting old! ;)  She did however ask my nice vet about doing bloodwork to test my liver and kidney functions so we will be doing that tomorrow.  Mom and Dad also started giving me glucosamine too.  Hopefully, I won't have to be on the Rimadyl for long or if I do need something Mom will ask about using a different medication or doing something to where I am not on the Rimadyl for an extended amount of time.

The next order of business is that the vet called us yesterday.  He got the results back from the radiologist.  The lump they removed from my mouth was what we thought...Canine Papiloma Virus...nothing major.  He said they normally go away on their own but it can take awhile so probably good we cut it out.  Second, the radiologist couldn't give any answers regarding the x-rays.  He said I was definitely showing signs of arthritis but couldn't find any OCD lesions on these x-rays.  He also noted some inflammation.  He recommended a more extensive x-ray work-up or a CT scan.  We have decided to go for the CT Scan as that should give us more info.  On Monday, we are headed to WSU for an orthopedic consultation.  Apparently, WSU is one of the best vet schools in our country so that is good. :)  After they assess me, if they decide I need surgery then that will probably happen on Tuesday if Mom and Dad agree and then I can hopefully come home on Wednesday.  It all sounds a little scary, but I will be brave!  We are very appreciative to my vet for answering all of our questions and thankful the radiologist report came back so quickly.  Wish me luck blog buddies...I will update you after my consultation. :)



El'bow and Hauwii said...

be brave :) !!!!!!!!!
you so a brave dog
big hughs from us

El'bow & Hauwii

brooke said...

When I saw that the radiologist couldnt give you any answers I thought... OH NO... Ugh. That's what Darwin went through. Hopefully the CT scan will give you answers!
Good luck Nala (and parents)! We're thinking of you!!

Nubbin' Tails said...

It's great that you have such a good school kinda close. We have the CSU Vet school, another top one just a couple hours from us. So far we have been lucky and haven't needed it but so glad it's there. We have our paws crossed that you get some answer and a plan. Maybe you won't need surgery. Just Puppy PT!


Mr. Nubbin'

PeeS. We have Lucky's cone we can share if you want! :-D

mayziegal said...

Oh, Nala! You ARE a brave girl! I'm so very much glad that those meddies are making you feels better. And my paws are crossed super tight that everything goes good with the peoples at WSU. We're sending you lotsa extra snuggles and cuddles - be sure to share some of 'em with your mom and dad, okay?

Wiggles & Wags,

PeeS. If I was you, I wouldn't take Boomer up on his offer. I'm pretty sure their cones are cursed!

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Your humans are very wise to have the CT scan done just to be sure they know what is going on. We hope you don't have to have that surgery but if you do, we wish you the best and have our paws crossed for great success. Phantom may also be having surgery on Tuesday pending the outcome of pre-surgery tests. You two can commiserate together.

Woos ~ the OP Pack

Lacy said...

w00fs, me hopes the ct-scan help in determing the right solution to help is sorry u hurts too, and hopes u soon git well..

b safe,

Tessa the Maltese said...

Sounds like your hoomans have everything in the right direction! We know that all will be well! We will keep our paws crossed and prayers going for you.

woo woos, Tessa

mum of critters said...

You are a very brave pup Nala and your folks are very brave too! I will keep checking for updates and praying for you!

Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh Nala! We're all thinking of you here! My humans are not religious so they don't pray but we will be keeping you in our thoughts. You're such a brave girl! Good luck on Monday!

Honey the Great Dane

Raising Addie said...

We have all our paws crossed for you Nala!

We sure are glad that your pain has gone down. That is never fun.

Lots of Luv & Kisses
Addie, Lucie and Hailey

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

We'll be thinking good thoughts fur ALL three of woo!

Maybe if the winds blow enough, I'll be able to pikhk up some WV winds to wave your way!


The Thundering Herd said...

Paws crossed, Nola, for good outcomes!

Priscilla said...

Our prayers are with you and your family, dear Nala! We're glad that lump was nothing too serious!

Lorenza said...

Paws crossed here for you!
I hope everything goes well!
Kisses and hugs

Daisy Dog said...

We are keeping you in our pawyers!! We know you are a brave woggie and your momma and dadda will take such good care of you!

Sagira said...

Glad that the medicine is helping you feel better.

Remi said...

Disregard that email I just sent since this answers those questions. We'll be hoping for an easily treated diagnosis!

The Army of Four said...

Bon courage, Nala! You'll be in our prayers!
We have our routine vet care at KSU vet school - vet schools ROCK, trust us!!! You'll be in great, caring hands!
Tail wags,

Puggle Preston said...

Nala, you are very brave. We know your mom & dad and the nice vet will take good care of you.
It's good that you had your wart removed. Mom was waiting for mine to go away as the vet suggested. 2 months later, one wart became hundreds of them speading all over my mouth, some even close to the throat. I ended up having a surgery and came home with burn all over my mouth. not fun! Anyway, we hope CT scan helps the vets decide what the next step of treatment is. take care, preston

Beaudor said...

Hi sweet Nala and M&D,
Hope you all feel better after the first result is good from your lump.
Our friend Asani commented on your blog ,they really know what your going through mark their words.
All of my 4 paws are crossed for you also the 4 thumbs of Ruud and Marja.
Wish you all the best sweet Nala.