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Yoda mom

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Please Please keep Sketch A Boo in your prayers today. Monday I took him to the vet bcz knew something was wrong, peeing more, drinking more, less energy and does not want to eat his food, 103.1( temp at vet that tech said must be the heat and stress) . my gut told me to xray vet said his his heart lungs exam was good and sending out urine and blood work to rule out possible brewing uti. did have a few oxalate crystals in morning sample pee but not in the after noon sample I took both in. so went with my vets suggestion.
when they went to take him to draw his blood, I was sitting on the floor with him and he immediately went and sat on my lap.

Boo not much energy ,still didn't want to eat except for Macie's hills a/d urgent care wet food and the hills oral care food I use as treats.

Last night the vet called me at the same time had a power outage and phone didnt work. . Dr. Jackson texted me after power back on, that got his blood work back. she wants him back in today, 3:15 pm for xrays and possible ultrasound.( just like the other day with this record heat, I will place the 3 ryobi cordless fans on the head rests and console for my Boo) , in my late dads 2004 grand cherokee that on his. death bed he wanted me to have for the pups. ).

Vet emailed me his blood work last night . But this morning I someone there forgot to send the urine same out too with the full senior panel. argh. this morning tech said oh have 30 days to send in. whats the point now

with his raised retic. hemoglobin,(which can be anemia from internal bleeding) raised ALP, ALP, protein etc. I knew something was wrong. always trust your gut. vet texted me back last night and told me to fast him for 8. hrs. this tells me she thinks something serious wrong and would need fasting for surgery. to be honest, his 10th birthday is this friday. 8/11.

I will not do surgery/chemo if it is cancer tumors/masses. and if it is internal bleeding, I promise to be his voice with peace and dignity.

blood work I looked at leads me to believe he has liver involvement, tumors and/or internal bleeding , or maybe aiha which is autoimmune attacking own red blood cells. I can second guess all morning, but I know today I will now for sure. Today will come home for palliative care and meds or set him free with wings of peace and dignity.

taking lots of deep breaths, praying I am wrong. I will do what is best for my best friend Sketch A Boo. such a kind gentle momma boys soul.
 

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Toa and Ross

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So sorry to hear Sketch a Boo is not feeling well. Good you took him to the vet and they are researching what is going on. All fingers and paws crossed it will turn out something cureable! We want to see that boy celebrate his 10th birthday!
 

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Tammy, prayers are sent. I am sure you are a wreck. He is so lucky to have you as not only his Mom, but his health advocate. Please keep us updated. Hugs are sent.
 

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Im so sorry to hear your baby isn't well. Sending you and Sketch A Boo hugs and prayers for a good outcome.
 

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thanks all for the continuing positive vibes. xrays yesterday inclusive. Sketch a Boo back to vet tmrw for all day cushings disease testing. even though he does not have an increased apetite typical in cushings. still at a loss what is going on... I doubt he has cushings.. only other way to look at all organs is a $1000 ultrasound estimate they gave me . even if it showed something I would not put him thru surgery/chemo at his age on top of it.

soo tomorrow Boo will be spending his 10th birthday crated at the vet for 8 hours cushing testing..
this morning still does not want to eat. I gave him 10 pieces of his hills oral care dog food I use at treats, he still wants some of those. he did not even want the hill a/d urgent care that is stinky and very palatable they use for sick kitties and pups, it's formulated that the more you stir , it can be syringe food plunger fed.
 

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Oh how frustrating the vet doesn't know what is going on with Sketch a Boo. Come on boy eat a little more! Thinking of you both. Sending hugs
 

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Hoping they can come up with an answer on what is going on tomorrow. It will be a long day for both of you. Will be looking for updates.


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Hey Sketch a Boo, Raphael and I are sending healing vibes for you and hugs to your Momma. We will be thinking of you all day tomorrow . {=
 

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update 8/11/23: Today is Sketch a Boo's milestone 10 th birthday. prayers and wishes for health. he did not eat this morning just smiled at me.
dropped him off at vet 8 am for his 8 hr cushing disease testing and cortisol urine test.. prayers please please and best wish for his birthday is health and many more years with me. I am scared if cushings negative something more serious internal.
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Happy Birthday wishes are sent. Not a fun way to spend his special day, but necessary and hoping for positive news.


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Happy birthday Sketch a Boo! Not a fun way to spend your 10th birthday. But hopefully many more happy days will come.
Sending positive vibes!
 

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Happy birthday sweet boy!

Sorry to hear that he is going through all this. hopefully you will know what is causing his malaise. Sometimes fevers especially of unknown origin are hard to trace a lot of times we may never know what caused it.
 

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update this morning sunday 8/13.
will not know cushing test results until tomorrow. he Hates the rx food vet sold me. I told I doubt he is going to eat it. she tried to hand feed him the Hills gastro biome food. he spit it out constantly. it was friday, so need to try.. she told me I can return it if he won't eat it. 8 lb bag 54 bucks..lol for an 85 lb pup.

so, I tried hand feeding him the wellness core age advantage digestive health I just tried switching Gunnar to since he has a sensitive tummy.

yesterday I sat on the floor and hand fed him about 1/2 cup of the wellness. he ate about 1/4 can of the kitties proplan urinary focus whitefish canned food. I gave him a tablespoon of non fat greek yogurt about an hour before he thinks it is "icecream" been giving it to them for years .

last night, about another 1/4 hand feed along with the yogurt.
this morning yogurt and hand fed wellness , about 1/2 cup total. I crushed made fairy dust of the stewarts freeze dried beef liver pieces and sprinkled it on the remaining 1/2 in a bowl, put his bowl on his kuranda bed. he ate about another 1/4 on his own..first time in I cant remember when.

a little progress on gettting some food into his belly. he is not vomiting , no diarrhea. just doesn't eat and groans sometimes.

for years I use vetstix 11 urine test strips. His sample this morning I tested showed positive for occult blood. (yellow pad gets green specs on it, enough specs for me to go hmm, others all week were nice and yellow no specs and his blood test last monday showed no blood ). will retest next potty break.

he is in a fairly good mood, smiling as he does, wiggling his butt to dance with me.. he is a good dancer. just wont eat and something going on I wonder about the moan at times, something making him uncomfortable.

hoping to get some answers tomorrow , rule out cushings. radiologist report said has slightly enlarged liver. elevated liver enzymes on blood work, ALP, ALT, and AST. thyroid was good .

I am going to ask vet for antibiotics in case something going on . what can it hurt to give him a round of antibiotics and see if it helps. she wanted a 1k ultrasound next that is only abdominal, I keep thinking if it was something throat related etc, wouldnt even show up on that ultrasound. $1100 in now and still no answers , thank goodness for care credit. never have paid a dime of interest and if I count the number of pets over the many years and the monthly insurance cost I am still ahead of the game.

going to enjoy the weekend with Sketch a Boo, Gunnar and kittles. Macie Mae keeps head butting Boo and talking to him.. with that Loud Bengal Chat.
the nakids purr n rub under all his fur on his belly and chest . Gunnar was really missing his daddy looking all over for him when he was at the vets office all day. he is much more at ease since his daddy is home.

it is heat index 110 degrees today .. so no walks except out back by the pond and back in for the airconditioning. they love their ryobi fans on low while they nap.

please please keep Boo in continued prayers and wishes for health.

hugs n head smooches to all paws.

some pics of his kong bday duck I brought to the vets office and so funny got home and noticed even the duck tag "0pen" .. let me in mum! always love his right side "cat like whiskers"
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Wow, do I love those pics! He has such a beautiful face! There’s no better mom on the planet. Such a lucky boy. Sending you both all my best.
 

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Come on Boo!!! Yum to the yogurt…eat up the rest. Comfort to Mom. Hopefully either positive diagnosis or it will suddenly be over !!
 

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Happy 10th birthday to Boo, he's a beautiful boy. Sending positive vibes and prayers , he is lucky to have the best mom to care for him xx
 

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update, it is monday 8/14 and waiting for cushing test results.
he would not eat on his own this morning. I tried hand feeding him , only got in some yogurt and about 1/4 cup of kibble at best hand fed. does this little moan here and there. trying to stay positive.. cushings is rare in australian shepherds . I am surprised the breeder I adopted from never called me back when she said she would reach out to breeder she got him from (they are all in contact with each other cobreeeding , dog shows etc frequently).

Sketch a Boo is napping on the kitchen floor with his little Ryobi fan on low.
please keep the positive vibes and prayers for my Boo Bear.
 
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