Max: an update

Ok, so we’re back from the vet’s. The we = Mark & I.  Max is being hospitalized for at least overnight. The vet (Dr.Bamber –always the best–wish we’d seen him last month instead of the other one) did a good going over on Max.

His mouth is fine, the teeth are still great, and no damage or irritation.  (that’s good, but that means the issue’s something else). Still, he’s not eating or drinking and he’s dehydrated.

Max is running a fever & has lost 1.35KG since we took him in last time. We don’t know if that is due to us trying to lower his caloric intake (to keep him from going diabetic) or if that’s a result of his not eating/drinking/etc.

Max’s still got tenderness in the abdomen, and when the doc palpitated and felt his belly & sides he said he could feel something that wasn’t quite right. (Amazing what he could feel and tell us was right though).

So.  Right now, the doc thinks that it is a fairly good possibility that Max has pancreatitis (apparently it fits some of the issues, and Max’s age & sex make it more likely).  Of course if thats the case then it’s a manageable disease and can be treated. Diagnosis…not quite as clear cut.

We’ve hospitalized him and while he’s there he’s having the following done:

  • IV Fluids
  • Ultrasound
  • And more bloodwork done

It ain’t cheap–but then, maybe this is the reason we don’t have kids? I couldn’t possibly afford them and cats and I know which I prefer!

The doctor will be calling us this afternoon with an update, and then we can expect another call this evening at about 10pm from the evening doctor.  I’m relieved we got him there, and more relieved that he’s going to be watched and kept an eye on.  Hopefully we’ll find out exactly what the problem is and then go from there.

Please keep sending Max good vibes! He’s my boy (and c’mon! He’s not even 10 yet!!!!)

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3 thoughts on “Max: an update

  1. I wish you well with Max, and wanted to say that I do know the heartache you’re feeling, not to mention worry. My yorkshire terrier, Mick had a herniated disc 3 months ago, and couldn’t walk at all. Although it’s mostly healed, he’s just not the same wild pooch he used to be. He has lost a lot of weight too, and looks bony. I’m so sad that he walks around like an old man, depressed. He’s also losing his bowels nearly everyday in the house, so I’m dreading what I might find when I take him to the vet this friday. Let’s hope both Max & Mick will get better soon.
    xo trish

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