The Good and the Not So Good

Reggie woke me up at 5:00 A.M. needing to go out. This was the first time since last Monday's crash that he did this. And, he was straining to have a bowel movement, which was a sign of problems last week. This made me nervous heading into his 10:00 A.M. vet appointment. Reggie is also not eating his regular dog food.

The vets did several blood tests and a biopsy on the lump on his chest/shoulder area. All his blood counts are better, and some are even within normal ranges, but a few are still high. Not high like they were last week…one count was over 6,000 and should have been below 1,800…but still too high. All good news. Also, the lump is a fatty deposit and benign, so nothing to worry about. Because Reggie had bowel problems and isn't eating properly, they switched him to canned food, which I am disappointed, but resigned, about. He's been eating better today.

Monday and Tuesday of this week Reggie's energy levels had been increasing and he'd been very cheerful and sweet. Today, Reggie has slept and been devoid of energy.

So, mostly good news, with some concerns mixed in. But as the vet pointed out, last week Reggie almost died…he's definitely improved since then!

Oh, the vets decided to be cautious and gave me another week's worth of anti-biotics for Reggie. Reggie's pills are a little mind-boggling at the moment:

  • Two drugs Reggie takes the whole pill.
  • One drug he takes 3/4 of the pill.
  • Two drugs he takes half a pill.
  • One drug he takes 1/4 of the pill.
  • Two of the drugs I have to cut.
  • Two of the drugs the vets cut for me.
  • One drug Reggie only takes at night.
  • One drug Reggie only takes in the morning.
  • One drug has to be taken about 20 minutes after the others or he'll vomit.

How many drugs does Reggie take? Just kidding, this isn't a math test.

4 comments to The Good and the Not So Good

  • I’m glad to see Reggie is doing better. I hope he continues to improve and that the drugs don’t bother him too much.

  • Reggie is lucky to have such a devoted friend in you! I’m so glad he is improved after a stressful few days and hope you will see continued positive changes. Hang in there,

  • urgghh poor Reggie.. surely all those drugs can’t be good for him..

  • Thanks Delmer, Laura, and Kazza TBO, Reggie continues to improve…thankfully. His drugs are helping. Kazza, the drug we have to worry about is his Prednisone, which is a steroid. As the vet said, steroids are both wonderful and horrible. Fortunately, he’d down from 20 mg to 5 mg a day. This is a drug that one as to be weaned off very slowly. Hopefully, we’ll be able to continue dropping his dosage in the near future. And, hopefully, his liver will then start shrinking down to normal size (however, we don’t really know the cause of that enlargement).
    Thanks again, Missy

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