Tuesday, July 22, 2014
For those of you who have following me, you know Sarge started having issues with his hips a few months ago. The Vet put him on paid medication, and wanted to see how he did. For a while he was much better, until recently. I noticed he was having trouble getting up and down again, his muscle spasms increased, and also noticed when he went swimming he wasn't using his back legs as much. Last month he would swim out to Dennis when Dennis was in the deep end. Now Sarge stays around the 3rd step. I think he is cooling himself off more then swimming.
Also I noticed Sarge was holding his head funny. I looked at his right ear, and he had a Hematoma. Off to the Vet we go. The Vet did a series of test with his legs.
She placed his back feet, toenails down on the floor. Normally a dog will put his feet back, on his pads, Sarge didn't do this. The Vet said either he has something Neurological going on, or it is his spine. They did blood work, and sent it out. She also sent home two different types of meds for his ear. A Hematoma is developed when small blood vessels under the skin tear or rupture, most often from a bump or fall. Blood leaks into tissues under the skin and causes blood to build up. His ear was so puffy. It didn't seem painful though, and glad about that. We have no idea how he got this, probably did bump his ear somehow. Friday we took him back for a re-check, and the Vet is pleased on how his ear is clearing up. He just finished taking the antibiotics, and we are in the process of weaning him off Prednisone. Sunday the Vet called, the blood work came back. She thinks Sarge has Cushings Disease. It is caused by a tumor, but can be controlled through medication. Sarge needs to be off the Prednisone for 6 to 8 weeks before they can do a blood test for the Cushings.
So that is where we stand for now. My boy still gives me kisses, and smiles. Nothing wrong with his appetite, that's for sure.
Sarge sends kisses to his adoring fans!!
I will have another blog today sometime of our latest project.