At 6:30 am, I’m headed out for—you’ll never guess—Greenville! (How many times have I typed that in the last six months!)
If all goes well, this should be my second to last appointment with the plastic surgeon before I start being seen once every six months. Happy, happy day.
We’re going to be having special house guests this weekend; Sarah and I, especially, are very excited! I’ll fill you in more on that tomorrow.
And lastly, I called Snowy’s vet yesterday, just to keep her informed as to how Snowy is doing and to ask about a few things I didn’t quite understand. In short, here is what I learned.
Any surgery to remove kidney stones cannot be done locally; the nearest hospitals that can handle that kind of surgery are 2-3 hours away. She said the cost for the last dog they sent for kidney stone removal was ten thousand dollars. (I almost dropped the phone.)
She had put him on a canned dog food to supplement the dry food he’s already on. (Dry food is especially for urinary issues and was also prescribed by her.) Since he’s already been on a special diet and the stones have returned, I asked her what was the purpose of trying another food-related “treatment.”
She said the canned dog food is designed to make him drink a lot and pee a lot which will, in turn, make his urine less concentrated. While the food can not actually dissolve the stones, she said all of that fluid going in and out of the kidneys will smooth off the rough edges of the stones, like a river over river rocks. That might accomplish two things: 1) It will keep the jagged edges from rubbing against his kidney wall and causing bleeding 2) Some small pieces may even slough off and be passed through his urine.
When we take him back in for his 8-hour, follow up appointment next Friday, she won’t be doing another x-ray right then. She’s going to observe him for the day, check his urine (to see if there’s still blood in in) and check his blood work to see if he’s still anemic from blood loss. Then she’ll send those results to the Veterinary College and see if anyone there has any clues as to whether or not there might be any non-surgical ways to deal with Snowy’s problem.
She’ll keep him on the high drinking/high peeing diet (wasn’t that such a highly technical description?) for a couple weeks after that and then take more x-rays to see where we stand.
Obviously, we are still at a serious juncture. And may I just say that nothing can make me go from my “happy place” to tears running down my face any faster than the thought of putting Snowy to sleep.
The vet is not white washing this and saying we’re going to have a wonderful outcome. She just said she’s going to try everything she possibly can and get as many different vets’ advice on it as she can before we have to make any final decisions.
So that’s the Snowy News for today. I tell ya, I think Snowy needs his own blog; he’s far more popular than any of the rest of the Smiths! (smile)
Okay, a road trip awaiteth. As well as a not-so-pleasant doctor visit.
But first, here’s a picture of who-know-who to keep us all smiling.