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Good News, Bad News

This morning, I took Kung Fu Panda to the doctor for his four-month wellness visit. On Saturday, we took our doggie, Una, for more tests to try to figure out what's causing her recent problems.

First the good news. Kung Fu Panda weighed in at 15 pounds 12.2 ounces and is 26" long. This puts him in the 63.95 growth percentile for weight and the 81.98 percentile for length. His head circumference remains impressive: 17.32", which is the 88.05 percentile of growth.

To compare, last visit, at two months, he was in the 84.02 percentile for weight, the 79.3 percentile for length, and the 93.1 percentile for head circumference.

The doctor says the ratio of his weight to height is good. He noted that KFP is alert and social and said he is thriving.

Now for the bad news. Saturday, we took Una for a follow-up blood test, which revealed no improvement, despite being on Prednisone for several days. Her platelets are at 50,000, which is about a third of normal, and her red blood cell count is at only 21%. On the vet's advice, we are going to have an ultrasound done tomorrow which will look for masses in her belly. The vet said she may have lymphoma.

Fortunately, we have ASPCA pet insurance, which should reimburse us for 80% of the cost of treatment. That will help make our decision making easier when it comes to weighing treatment options. Since cost will not be as much of an issue, the main question will be her quality of life and the likely outcomes of treatment. Our pet sitter has a dog who's in remission from lymphoma and has been really helpful about sharing information about their experiences.

There is still a very slight chance that her swollen liver (diagnosed earlier last week via X-ray) could be a side effect of the tick-borne illness, Anaplasmosis. However, the vet says that she would have expected a quicker response to her treatment for that illness, if that were the case.

At any rate, Una spends a lot of time sleeping and has less of an appetite (though it is improved over just a couple days ago). She is still enjoying time with KFP and us, and when we took her to the farmers' market this weekend, she was all smiles. We don't know how much time we have left with her, but we're determined to make them good days.

Una Smiles
Una still has some smiles in her.

Una Enjoys Music
Una smiles as she watches dogs and people pass by and listens to a folk singer play.

At the Farmers' Market
The Gryphon carries KFP in a Baby Bjorn at the Farmers' Market.

KFP in Baby Bjorn
KFP sucks his thumb while in the Baby Bjorn.

Oh, and did I mention that I had a CT scan last week to look for kidney stones? I was not able to follow up last year because I found out I was pregnant the same day the urologist told me I had a small kidney stone. As far as I know, it's still there, which is why I have a follow-up appointment on Thursday.

The universe seeks balance.

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( 15 comments — Leave a comment )
Oct. 18th, 2010 07:04 pm (UTC)
Yay for KFP and :-( for Una.

She'll let you know when she has had enough if the news is bad.
Oct. 18th, 2010 07:12 pm (UTC)
I'm definitely planning on taking my cues from Una. A miracle would be nice, though.
Oct. 18th, 2010 07:13 pm (UTC)
Oct. 18th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
Thanks! Hugs are always a help, even virtual hugs.
Oct. 18th, 2010 07:26 pm (UTC)
:D for KFP and :( for Una.
Oct. 18th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
Yes, it's a roller coaster sort of day.
Oct. 18th, 2010 09:03 pm (UTC)
Poor Una
I'm sorry Una is doing unwell. Glad KFP is doing quite well!

Regarding Una's illness, anaplasmosis is known to relapse and can be hard to treat. Is it possible the vet could give her another course of antibiotics for it and see if symptoms improve?

Did she get tested for other tickborne illnesses like Lyme And Babesia? They can cause liver enlargement, too.

Best of luck to her and you... hoping this isn't lymphoma and something more easily treated. *hugs*
Oct. 18th, 2010 10:24 pm (UTC)
Re: Poor Una
She is currently receiving treatment for the Anaplasmosis. I'm still hoping against hope that her symptoms are caused by that. At least the ultrasound should give us more information.
Oct. 18th, 2010 09:15 pm (UTC)

Good news on KFP.

**gentle pats for Una**
Oct. 18th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
Una is hanging out with KFP nxt to his play mat right now. I think that he's good for her, just like therapy dogs are good for ailing children.
Oct. 19th, 2010 12:39 am (UTC)
This sucks. I hope she can be made as comfortable as possible and something found to increase her wonderful days with you.
Oct. 19th, 2010 01:28 am (UTC)
I hope so, too. She's such a good friend. It's hard to remember a time she wasn't by my side.
Oct. 19th, 2010 03:20 am (UTC)
I had no idea there was such thing as pet insurance, but I am glad there is because it could absolutely affect your decision if you didn't have it. Hopefully things are able to improve for Una still.
Oct. 19th, 2010 03:31 am (UTC)
Sending good thoughts your way for your little one.
Oct. 19th, 2010 04:31 am (UTC)
The awful "C" word came up in my mind upon first hearing what was going on with Una. Blast! I just did not want to say anything or think that way. I sure hope all comes out ok for her. I know you guys love Una and will do what is best though.

Yay about KFP. He is one awesome kiddo.

Hugs and prayers for better news.
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