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  1. We did bone marrow yesterday and she took more biopsy cells from the spleen for another look and extra blood in case a more thorough CBC is needed. His white blood cells have also been down slightly, but not enough to be a worry or a definite sign of something else. His appetite is fine and will eat anything presented to him. Though he has loss weight @ 5 lbs since the beginning of August and is now back down to racing weight. Not a big issue, there is some argument that anything over racing weight is too much. IMHO it depends on the dog. Man I forgot how boney his back feels! Energy levels are good as well. Today I work and wait to hear the results from yesterday's testing.
  2. Vet just called. No red flags with the spleen biopsy. So no real answers aside from there doesn't appear to be some form of cancer in the spleen. Next step is a bone marrow test to see if something is happening there. Good news I think...
  3. Well, platelet level took a nose dive again back to the 50s. We were referred to a place to get an ultrasound and other testing done and did that yesterday. Xrays were clean, yay, good news! Ultrasound showed an enlarged and mottled looking spleen. The Dr biopsied the spleen and sent samples to a pathologist. I should hear this afternoon what the pathology report says. May have to go back for a bone marrow test today, but won't know 'till results are in and read. No idea what the best case scenario is at this point. It all seems sort of bleak. Really I need to stop reading articles online about different way this could be going. Rex's is still eating and seems to have lots of energy, so it doesn't seem totally hopeless yet. Just so bummed it isn't something easy like a TBD.
  4. We had a vet visit yesterday. After switching antibiotics and focusing on the mystery rash, the rash is almost completely cleared up. We have halved his amount of doxy starting a few days ago. They did blood work, and his platelet numbers have gone up. From 51 to 75 in about 2 weeks. Yay!! Hoping this trend continues.
  5. We were doing the antibiotics because of the possibility of a false negative with TBD, so we were treating like we did the tests and they came back possitive. Using what has in the past been successful for my vet in other dogs. Aside from the growth above his eye and the rash on his side/belly, he's the picture of health. No bruising, appetite is great, clotted fine when they took blood the other day, no change in energy levels. Thanks for your thoughts and advice everyone. I'll keep you posted as things progress. Going to get a hold of our local greyhound guy to see what he says.
  6. A few weeks ago my boy Rex was due to have a growth over his eye removed. During the presurgery bloodwork it was discovered his platelets were very low, especially compared to records they had from a few years ago. We're talking going from 147 to 56. (Side note, he had a dental at another location about a year ago and his numbers were 131.) Since platelets help with clotting, the surgery was not performed. Originally they thought they saw one of the tick borne bacteria in his blood so a CDC panel was done. It didn't show any. We decided to treat with antibiotics, doxycycline, and a steroid, prednisone. This was about 2.5 weeks ago. During the weekend I discovered a rash on his left side below the hair line. Which brought us back to the vet yesterday where they ran blood again and his platelets went down a little more to 51. We are stopping the doxy for a week, to see if it's causing the rash. My question is has anyone else had such low platelets in their dog? Does anyone have any thoughts? Google is not your friend in these situations, so I know there are some big L words no one wants to hear that can be associated with low platelets. If it helps Rex is 9 yrs old and I've had him for almost 7 years.
  7. From what I understand. USA ships out a lot of cow hide to make raw hides to countries around the world. So it is very likely that the skin is from USA, but it was cured and chemically turned into dog chews in Mexico/Brazil/China. The big issue is with the chemicals a different country may use to cure the hides and the amount of time that hide spends in shipping. I try to only get raw hides that were "made in the USA", but sometimes I'm fooled. Usually I can only find the Made in the USA raw hides at smaller local stores and not the big national stores like Petco or PetSmart. IMHO chances are getting a raw hide from Mexico once isn't going to hurt your dog, and quite possibly they are perfectly fine, but I'd definitely keep an eye out for the small print that tells where the raw hide is made from now on.
  8. Voting now before I have to switch groups.
  9. OOOps I'm a tad late to the party in welcoming you to GT. Congrats on adopting Edward Andre! I'm from Augusta and have two littermates form MGPS. Do hope you can make some of our play groups this summer.
  10. Under ordinary circumstances, I wouldn't think of pointing out a typo, but this one is priceless: They'll heal, but I'm not so sure about the "heel" business. HAHAHAHAHA! Good call. They both walk well on lead, but I definitely wouldn't think of it has "heeling". Yeah. I posted them on Instagram then thought maybe some background may be nice.
  11. both of my pups have injured the same paw. First we have Brooke. It all began as a limp during a playgroup. The next morning one of her toes was HUGE! Off to the e-vet we go. Luckily nothing was broken, so we guess she just jammed it while running like a looney bird. A few days later he toe starts twisting 90 degrees so that she walks on its side. Very gross and very unnerving. Our regular vet managed to find a spot for us in yesterday's schedule to have a look. Vet says it looked as if she had torn a tendon/ligement in her toe. Today she has surgery on her toe. Things went very well. Vet told me how he was very impressed with her ability to completely tear up the inside of her toe. She was one clip away from what they do in a toe amputation. She will be weeks in a splint, but it should heel fine. I'll bet she'll be totally frustrated about being confined to a leash and show walks within a few days. On to her brother Rex. Not to be out done by his sister he managed to get his hind foot under our chainlink fence and peel most of the skin off his foot and down his toes. Naturally he did this on a Saturday, so off to the e-vet. Yay my second e-vet visit in 6 days. They manage to pull up and stitch up his foot. We took the bandage off today at the vet's office and it seems to be heeling well. It was a tad gunky, but I guess that's to be expected in a wound like this. We'll go back at the beginning of next week for another bandage change. Think I've now won the Worst Mom Ever crown. At this point 3 out of 4 of my children are broken, my son broke his finger in football practice a few weeks ago. Only my cat seems to be in one piece. It's been a very expensive few weeks. Topped off with needing new snow tires for my car yesterday. If I didn't laugh I'd cry about it all. Just going to be thankful that everyone will heel.
  12. JoJo207

    Elmo Kitty

    Thank you everyone.
  13. JoJo207

    Elmo Kitty

    At first I didn't want a new cat, but my co-worker Jody insisted I did. My Prince had recently passed away, I had just discovered I was pregnant, and I had to let go of my dream to be come an architect. Truly, my life was a mess. Jody knew you needed to be in my life more an I did. I had to wait for you to become 8 wks old before meeting you. The day she brought you in to work you were nothing but a small furry orange ball of fur. You were so small and sweet and named you Elmo. Elmo was really popular 16 years ago. You grew and I soon became aware that you're not that sweet. You were a terror! You attacked everything that moved and some things that didn't. I was a tad scared on what you would do to my baby, so we got you a playmate, Pepper, and all was good in the world. More or less. There are no end to the fond memories you have left me. Baby socks and plastic bags were enemies that needed conquering. I loved how you would growl at me if I tried to save a pair of baby socks from your clutches. Putting groceries away was always an adventure because I never knew when an almost empty bag would get carried off and later on in life you would take every opportunity to hop into an open fridge door. I had to buy a new fridge because of you. See one day I came home at lunch to find lunch meat all over my kitchen floor. The seal on my avocado green fridge didn't hold well and somehow you managed to open the door, hop in, and then open the meat drawer. I was not impressed, but you had a full belly of yummy meats. There was the day you chased my sister out of my house. Oh the view of you sitting at the foot of the door looking up and my sister staring in the small window looking down at you. You were the only cat I knew who would jump onto people. It was so nice to come home open my arms and have you jump into them. Such treasured memories you have left me. For now my lap will be left cold while I'm at the computer. My books will not have a furry obstacle to read around. Leaving the house will be easier, since I won't have to scurry to give you treats or else you'll grapple onto my legs 'till I shower you with goodies. My hair elastics will no longer be wet and at the bottom of your water dish. Life will definitely hold a little less adventure. Please play nicely with Pepper when you meet across the rainbow bridge. That other cat is Prince, so be nice to my provider of headless rodents and the occasional bird because he will take you down.
  14. I also recommend the distract with treat method. It has worked well here with Rex's leash aggression. Like with GeorgeofNE, it has worked so well both of mine look to me for a treat whenever we hear a dog barking or see another dog. Actually I just have to put my hand on my dog walking purse and they both start expecting a treat. It's a big help when Rex decides I'm walking in the wrong direction and puts the brakes on.
  15. Flexi article Please don't use a flexi. A long lead you can firmly strap to yourself would be a much better option.
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