Friday, June 22, 2012

We MIGHT have a diagnosis....

Sophie is my expensive dog. If someone is going to get sick, have a joint issue, do something stupid and blow a knee, it's Sophie. So, no surprise I guess that yesterday's vet visit was a $300 touch just for blood/urine tests.  And, they are somewhat inconclusive.

What we do know is Sophie has a bald tip of the tail that refuses to heal. She has a couple other balding/scaly spots too. She is just not her bouncy, happy usual self.  So, Dr. O took one look at the tail and took it seriously- so seriously that if Sopher's tail doesn't heal soon we may have to amputate the last inch. :(

But, Sophie's bloodwork came back and while early tests showed an issue with her white blood counts, but the further CBC tests showed they are low normal so she isn't fighting an infection or anything worse we don't think.  Her thyroid test came back as Borderline. Thyroid issues in Labs are very common so I think this is likely what's causing the issues. So, Sophie is starting on a low dose of the thyroid meds with a repeat of the test in two weeks to a month.  If she perks up, her tail heals and her other spots start to grow back in then we know. But, it could also be Addison's. I figure, let's start with the more common problem and take it from there...

Poor puppers. I wish she felt ok. I am sure I'll be keeping you posted on where this all goes.  Cross paws that Miss Sophie perks up and starts to act herself. :)


Honey the Great Dane said...

Oh poor Sophie!! :-( But I'm pleased that you have some sort of diagnosis - I think the not knowing is horrible!! And I agree - it's always best to start with the simplest possibility and work up from there. We're sending lots of good thoughts from Down Under!

Hsin-Yi & Honey the Great Dane

Mango said...

Miss Sophie,
It breaks my heart to learn you are not your bouncy labraself. Much as I complain about the labratude, I do kind of miss it when it isn't there.

I am hoping that the easy solution is the right one.


Kari in Vegas said...

Poor Sophie but I am glad you have something in terms of a diagnosis!

Stop on by for a visit

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Our pals in Omaha have a Samoyed with Addisons -

I KNOW they'd be glad to ofFUR advice!


Sam said...

Keeping fingers crossed!