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I thought that I would give you all an update on Sport. The vet is really happy with him since he looks so much better now. The bruising is gone. His platelet count is up to 55 which is about a third of what it should be but much better then it was 5 days ago. It was at 12 which is about a 14th of normal. (Normal is around 170) He is still on the same dosage of medication but we are hoping to reduce it in a week or so when his platelet count gets back to normal. He goes back to the vet next Monday unless he develops more problems in the meantime.

He is acting like his normal self again except that he has to go out VERY regularly.

I thought I'd post some pics I took today of him so you can all see how much better he is looking.

Thank you all for your concern and helpful comments. My family and I appreciate it and are so very thrilled that he is recovering.
 

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So nice to hear that Sport seems to be responding well to his meds, he looks great. You couldn't have asked for anything nicer for Christmas. Thank you for the update.
 

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Thanks so much for the update! I was just thinking about him this morning on my way to work! So glad that he is doing better!
 

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He is acting like his normal self again except that he has to go out VERY regularly.
Ahhhh... the joys of prednisone! :doh: Meika gained a lot of weight (well, a lot for her... Her normal weight was around 8.5 to 9 pounds, and on the predisone she was over 10!!) and drank GALLONS of water... She also needed to use "the facilities" a little more regularly until they adjusted her meds down. Once she was on her maintenance dosage, everything pretty much went back to normal!

I'm so glad Sport is responding well to the meds! I know the horrible feeling you get when you find out about an illness like this, and the relief you feel when you see medical science being able to help your family member return to a normal life!!

BIG HUGS ALL AROUND (and an extra one for Sport!!)
 

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My cat was on it for months and all she did was drink water and pee.

So glad to hear the good news. I wonder if Sport wonders why you keep taking pictures of his privates. LOL
 

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My cat was on it for months and all she did was drink water and pee.

So glad to hear the good news. I wonder if Sport wonders why you keep taking pictures of his privates. LOL
Yes my husband was commenting when I took the pics that Sport was looking a bit like he was saying really enough of that now regular pics are one thing but this is a bit much.

Sport is surely drinking a ton. When we went into the vets office they weighed him and he was 61 lbs but about 2 mins later he peed all over the vets floor. (He was house trained before he went on this stuff) when we were leaving the vets office he sat on the scale as I was paying and he was down to 60.2lbs. So he sure is peeing up a storm and drinking a ton. Not to mention he is eating like a horse. Oh well as long as he gets better I don't care. Besides as has been mentioned when his meds get cut down he should go back to normal.
 

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Great news that the medication is helping him recover so quickly. It sounds like it won't be long before you have a maintenance plan to keep him on the mend.

He really looks a LOT better in these photos. I agree that the groomer should have called you the second she saw the bruising. I don't see how she could have missed it. It would also be good for her to know that it was a life threatening situation that needed immediate attention. I would be surprised if she knew about his disease. Grooming (imo) is a time to do an overall body check to see if there is anything out of the ordinary.

I'm not saying a groomer should be responsible for a vet check, but they should be able to say "Wow! This doesn't look right!" and let you know.
 

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I haven't talked to the groomer yet. But it is on my list of fun things to do. I'm glad I didn't earlier until I knew what the problem was as I'd have not been fair. However, when I do chat with her I've got topknot issues to discuss too. So it may be a long chat possibly with pics of how I'd like them to look. Not to mention the whole tell me about anything weird that you see with my dogs thing. We shall see how it goes.
 

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This is so good to hear is making forward progress.
 

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If he is on Pred you have to watch his appetite he could gain a lot of weight.
But he will also maybe feel uncomfortable if his tummy is empty

I know all about this I was eating like a horse when I was on pred and went from 114 lbs to 158 lbs in 4 months all thanks to Pred :doh:

I know you are happy that he is eating well and recovering just be careful.
 

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you sure hit the nail on the head and Sport is gaining a bit of weight. However he is also getting a lot of exercise running in and out the door to use the washroom. So far the weight gain has been minimal. So its a wait and see thing. I'm waiting to hear tomorrow what his current platelet count is. I'm hoping that we'll be able to cut the dosage down soon. I'll let you all know how its going
 

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you sure hit the nail on the head and Sport is gaining a bit of weight. However he is also getting a lot of exercise running in and out the door to use the washroom. So far the weight gain has been minimal. So its a wait and see thing. I'm waiting to hear tomorrow what his current platelet count is. I'm hoping that we'll be able to cut the dosage down soon. I'll let you all know how its going
I just wanted to inform you if you did not know.

Nobody told me and I just ate like a horse hehehe..

Hope he feels better soon
 

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I'm so glad to hear Sport is responding so well to medication.
While I did not know what the condition was exactly, it did ring alarm bells when I saw his pictures.
Over the holidays I spoke with my client who's little poodle had the same condition, and she did not make it. She became diabetic, and continued to decline. They made the difficult decision to let her go.

In my grooming business I make it a point to tell clients when I find ANYTHING out of the ordinary, sometimes they get annoyed with me, but I feel it's better to bring something to their attention, than to have a serious medical need go untreated, or be blamed for something that was hiding under all that hair.
 
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