Hugs from Houston! You’re going to have happy walks, scrummy treats and many more adventures together.
Sorry to have missed this post, I haven’t received the alertPoppy’s test results are now in, and there is no real improvement, so we are dealing with chronic liver failure. It was the most probable outcome, but one always hopes for another small miracle. Some elements are now within normal range, but others, including those from the bile acid stim test, are very high. The vet reckons the diarrhoea she has had recently could be because of her liver or could be sensitive tummy, so we will try a few days of the paste and hope for improvement. He also recommends reducing the steroids fractionally, which I am hoping will help reduce the side effects. So no worse, but not as much better as I had hoped…
But, as he said, she is very happy, and that is the most important thing.
It all started here: Poppy still unwell
and continued here: Poppy liver failure - goodish news
FJM,I am hoping we can manage it for a reasonable length of time. It is a balancing act - the liver regenerates, so if the regeneration can keep pace with deterioration, and anything that causes further damage avoided, she could have a good quality of life for quite a long time. She has been far better in the last few months than I would have dared to hope back in January, so we will keep on keeping on. She is 11 years old, which is not old for a toy but means she has already had a good life. I will do everything I can to make however long we have, whether it be months or years, equally happy. Time enough to grieve when there is no more to be done. But some sadness is inevitable - she has been so well that I hoped for more positive news.
Forgive my questions, but I didn’t hear on this site de of the pond about Poppy’s Sam-E, and it’s ingredients, nor have I heard of or know about the digestive paste. If and when you are able to explain, I’d appreciate it. Maybe it’s a EU meds. or I just never heard of it in US. Your neighbor‘s mantra is the same as my brother’s. But till you must deal with it, try to enjoy Poppy’s bouncing joy, even if it’s about yummy medicine or asking for a bit more food. Her sunny personality, might carry both of you for a quite a while. There are times I wish people were more like dogs. One day at a time, just like you’ve done since January, but look how far you’ve gone! Whatever you are doing for her, works. She trusts and love you, she’ll try to fight it as far and long as this little bounce of happiness can. Warmest thoughts about both of you and a prayer. Will try to be on the look out for your posts.Thanks Suchi - my vets put her onto a Sam-E supplement back when it all began in January, and she has been on it ever since. It is more than possibly one of the things that is keeping her so well, and I too would highly recommend it. Poppy's is Denamarin, which contains both Sam-E and silybin.
The diarrhoea was not clearing (and I am sure you are right Mick - a non-functionng bile system, a high fat meal and stress would be enough to trigger it in anyone), so I took her over to the vets yesterday afternoon and picked up metronidazole and more digestive paste. It was pouring with rain, and the poor vets were getting soaked giving advice and reassurance to all us owners who stayed safe and dry inside our cars. I felt I should offer them my pop up gazebo...
Meanwhile Poppy is bouncing with joy - more scrummy medicine! And I am more relaxed now that I have processed the news. A very wise neighbour has a mantra: "It is what it is, and we will deal with it", and that is what I shall do, continuing to make every day as happy as possible.
Thank you very much for your time, providing the information.This is the supplement she is on: Denamarin The digestive paste is one of many similar preparations - this one is typical: LOGIC Firm Digestive Support for Cats and Small Dogs: Amazon.co.uk: Pet Supplies
I am always wary of using OTC preparations like this for more than a day or two except under veterinary advice, lest they mask symptoms of some serious underlying problem, but they can be a useful standby to have in the cupboard.
Sasha is a femaleYes, Poppy's sebaceous cysts/warts are getting bigger. Vet checked them and said just to leave them alone, so although they are unattractive I don't worry about them any more.
Poor Sasha sounds to have had a difficult time - how lucky he was to have found you, and now be loved and understood. And I know just what you mean about the years flying - Poppy is the baby of the family, and suddenly she is 11 - how did that happen?!