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Critter Photo #18

Posted on: September 19, 2016

AwwwMondays-Puppy-AvatarWith our household of critters having expanded to include three cats and a dog, I thought it fitting to join a meme related to pets. After searching around, I came across Awww….. Mondays. The one rule is: “Post a picture that makes you say Awww…. and that’s it.” Every photo seemed to feature a pet and so the meme is a perfect.”

“Sadly, there are also some concerns ahead.” So I reported about Barnaby in August. After trying various medications, nothing cleared the sludge from his gall bladder. If anything, the sludge had gotten worse.

Next step? The vet ran annual blood work. All values came back normal except one for his liver. Our vet thought the elevation could be due to the sludge. The time for exploring options was over. She referred us to a specialist.

Last Thursday, my husband and I drove to Kansas with Barnaby. When we checked in at the vet hospital, we were asked lots of questions about his symptoms. The main ones are lack of energy and limited interest in food. A vet tech took Barnaby back to specialist, who would use more elaborate equipment to assess his gall bladder. Andy and I drove to a nearby restaurant for lunch and tried not to worry as waited for the vet’s call.

An hour later, we were back at the vet hospital. The specialist told us that the amount of sludge in Barnaby’s gall bladder was not atypical for a dog his age. We should continue to monitor and to treat, but there was no need yet for surgery. There probably wouldn’t be anytime soon.

After celebrating this news, we asked about his finicky appetite. The specialist suggested we talk with our local vet about food allergies. If this turns out not to be an issue, then age is probably the culprit. At twelve years, he simply may prefer to get spoiled.

Next week, I’ll return to stories about how The Cat Trio adjusted to one another. In the meantime, want to add a smile to your week? Visit Comedy Plus or Burnt Food Dude and see what others are sharing about pets.

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2 Responses to "Critter Photo #18"

Our Little bit was 12 when she had a stroke and we think it was because her liver was so bad. In any event we did everything we could to make sure she was comfortable right to the end. It’s so hard when they get old and things start to happen.

A huge Awww for Barnaby.

Have a woof woof day. My best to your wonderful peeps. 🙂

The liver can definitely be a sign of something going wrong. One day an elevated value might be something worse. For now, we’re relieved that Barnaby doesn’t need surgery and is apparently in decent health for his age.

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