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Keep Paws Crossed ... Blood Panel Posted

Madeleinemom

MS Bites, My Dog Didn't
Staff member
Vet came to the house today to draw blood from Trusty to do a senior canine blood panel (and to give him a manicure and pedicure).

Keep your fingers crossed that the results will be boooring ... and that we will have some confirmation that the apparent good health on the outside is reflected on the inside as well.

Where have the years gone ... ?
 

Lillie May

Good Dog
First, good luck Trusty!! The years fly by, that's for sure. I'll bet he's still a good looking fella and you wouldn't know he's 10ish, would you? Secondly, do you have the option of a vet coming to you and/or going to them? How does that work where you are?
 

Madeleinemom

MS Bites, My Dog Didn't
Staff member
First, good luck Trusty!! The years fly by, that's for sure. I'll bet he's still a good looking fella and you wouldn't know he's 10ish, would you? Secondly, do you have the option of a vet coming to you and/or going to them? How does that work where you are?

Thanks! Some vets here (like docs for people) make house calls here, it is fairly common.

This vet is particularly supportive because of my mobility issues, and my DH's hernia surgeries; he waived his normal home visit surcharge, for instance. Trusty is a lot calmer than in his younger years, but he still is strong and a sudden yank could do damage. Thus, this vet bends over backwards to do as much as he can at our house, and we are very appreciative of that. Needless to say, if something comes up where we need more medical diagnostic equipment, hubby would load up the boy, and take him to the doc's practice.
 

Lillie May

Good Dog
Thanks! Some vets here (like docs for people) make house calls here, it is fairly common.

This vet is particularly supportive because of my mobility issues, and my DH's hernia surgeries; he waived his normal home visit surcharge, for instance. Trusty is a lot calmer than in his younger years, but he still is strong and a sudden yank could do damage. Thus, this vet bends over backwards to do as much as he can at our house, and we are very appreciative of that. Needless to say, if something comes up where we need more medical diagnostic equipment, hubby would load up the boy, and take him to the doc's practice.
That's so cool! It makes me think of the Nat Geo channel's Dr. Pohl, he goes out to farms plus he has his regular practice. I'm aware of several vets here in Ohio that do it as well, especially the more rural areas. The strength of these dogs is a constant amazement to me! I don't weigh a whole lot, so it's very challenging to walk ours. I hope Trusty doesn't do any damage to you! It must be a comfort knowing he's mellowed out, or his version of it. I keep repeating myself.....oh the joys of owning a bull breed!
 

Madeleinemom

MS Bites, My Dog Didn't
Staff member
Vet called. Slow boat to China here didn't get to the phone quickly enough. He left a VM to call back, I did, and he is with a patient at the moment.

In the U.S., my assumption would be that we have not-so-good news, since the vet didn't leave a brief 'everything is fine' voicemail. But, alas, vets here may function differently, haven't figured that out yet.
 

Madeleinemom

MS Bites, My Dog Didn't
Staff member
Assumption correct.
Trusty: red and white blood counts are way down. He is anemic. Other major organ function normal.
Further abdominal diagnoses will have to be done at a different clinic with ultrasound and x-ray equipment.

Please, Heavens above, do not let this be the deja-vu spectre of hemangiosarcoma.
I am terrified.
 
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Madeleinemom

MS Bites, My Dog Didn't
Staff member
Thank you, Eddy.

DH has rearranged his schedule, and will take Trusty to bells and whistles clinic later today for diagnostics. I hate the creeping fear that is fingering its way through me, but I hate not having all the facts even more ...:cryingface:
 

Madeleinemom

MS Bites, My Dog Didn't
Staff member
They are back. Report is in German. I can make out that the spleen is inhomogen, kidneys calciified and some cysts, bladder empty but lumpy, with sediment.

Possible issue: chronic nephritis.
Another issue, or who knows ...
CD was prepared for our vet to look at.
 

Madeleinemom

MS Bites, My Dog Didn't
Staff member
Best I can figure out 'inhomogen' means 'not of normal size' or 'uneven' ... have a call into our vet so he can help me understand it and plot next steps.
The vet at the clinic tried to catheder some urine to analyze it, but was not able to.
Any feedback from our expert members here would be appreciated.