Took my sweet boy for his ultrasound yesterday afternoon.
When I picked him up from the vet I actually gasped, because he's lost another 5 pounds since Sunday. We weighed him before leaving, and he's topping out at about 66.5lbs. Vet tells me he's vomited twice today, seems to be more lethargic than yesterday.
He was very happy to see me, ears perked right up, face in my lap and tail wagging. But still so so sickly looking. He has a shaved spot on his side for a pain patch, and an IV in his leg. Off we go to the ultrasound, and he couldn't have been happier to get in the car, and slept the whole way.
Signed in for the ultrasound, waiting 1.5 hours for it to be done - and picked Sammy up with a lovely shaved belly. He looks like he's been through a war, poor baby.
Back to our vet's 2 hours later. Sam is sitting on my lap in the waiting room, casually eating pieces of apple out of my hand (positive moment! he's eating his favorite treat!)
Both our vet and ER vet tell me the ultrasound found nothing out of the ordinary with respect to tumors, organs looking bad etc. Only thing they did see was that Sam seems to have some motility issues in his intestine. Which could be related to his vomiting. And they tell me his cLPI test came back normal! So we have positives with the no tumors, but we are back to not knowing. They do believe that the pancreatitis either caused what is wrong, or vice versa. Because he has had 3 bouts of pancreatitis, but there is now something else involved. All three of the vets in the clinic have been conferring about Sam - and I trust my vet 100% when he says the best thing for them to do, is take a look inside.
Today Sammy will be going through exploratory surgery. I thought about it all night, and spoke with my vet again this morning - and I agree with all 3 vets. I want to do this while Sam is still strong enough so we can hopefully get some kind of answers soon. And not just continue to treat the symptoms that are recurring. It is breaking my heart to see him like this, and I just want him well again.
On the way to the ultrasound (pre-belly shave) and having a snooze on the way back.
Now officially in the lightweight class.
And for comparison....
And so the next step begins, thank you for the thoughts, prayers and walking through this with me - any thoughts or ideas you might have (for you medical types), I would love to hear them. Love to all.
Kim & Crew
Beautiful BC, Canada
JL Member since July 1, 2002
Fear Nothing. Live for Everything.
Oh Kim I sure wish he would get better. Prayers for your sweet Sam and I hope they find out what is going on.
Oh shoot Kim, my heart is breaking and I'm on the verge of crying. That poor boy has been though SO MUCH, he doesn't deserve this.
Prayers, prayers, prayers!!!!!!! Prayers that this surgery figures something out, and he's back to 100% soon.
"Each is a creature of Earth and is entitled to reside on it with dignity"
Kim, I feel terrible for your Sam and you too, it's hard to see our babies suffer. My thoughts and prayers are with you both. I pray you get good news soon.
Poor, poor Sam. I will continue to hold both of you in my thoughts.
Sammy! You poor darling. You've got my best prayers ever, Kim.
Seamus and Flynn
Good thoughts for Sam and you.
boone and joann
Good thoughts for Sam and you today. Just a thought, have they checked a TLI? I'm wondering if after those pancreatitis bouts he doesn't have an exocrine insufficiency contributing to his weight loss. Hoping for something with an easy fix.
Only after the last tree has been cut down, only after the last river has been poisoned, only after the last fish has been caught, only then will you find that money cannot be eaten. - Cree prophecy
Sending Prayers and Hugs to you and Sammi!
Good thoughts for you both.