Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Jump for Joy!

Well, at least bouncy up and down a little for joy.  Skye came home Monday morning and was able to do many things that she didn't have the strength for on Sunday.  Like give kisses, jump out of the car, and eat.  All in all I'd say she's in much better shape than before.  We have some strong antibiotics and a theory, but that's about it as far as progress in solving the mystery.

Here's what we know:

Skye lost coordination/sort of passed out about a month ago, and had very pale gums for about 3 hours after.

A week later, her bloodwork showed an abnormally high BUN kidney level, which indicates GI bleeding (among other things)

Five days after that, her bloodwork showed a normal BUN, but a high white cell count, which we took to mean her body healed the bleed on its own and was working overtime.

One week later, Skye began yelping in pain with even the slightest movement.  She had done it a few times before, but never constantly.  The next day we picked up Tramadol from the vet for the pain and potential inflammation (we guessed in her neck). 

Four days go by, and Skye spends a day not eating or drinking, with a major belly ache.  I didn't give her the Tramadol, since she hadn't eaten.  She becomes more and more lathargic but aggitated, and vomits bile and white foam about every hour over night.

The next morning (Easter) she went outside and deficated a large amount of blood, and off to the hospital we went.

Her x-rays were normal, so she didn't eat anything.  Her BUN was normal.  Her white cell count was very low. 

My vet and I are both leaning towards Addison's Disease, but other theories would be appreciated!  Either way, we'll be testing for Addison's next week or so, but at least my girl is home and happy.  She was even harassing Parker this morning- so she's definitely back on her feet!



  1. So glad to hear she is home and I hope you get conclusive news next week!


  2. we hope you find a answer too! for now, were glad shes home!


  3. So glad that Skye is home! Hope you find an answer soon.

  4. Hi Y'all,

    So glad the many pairs of crossed paws and human prayers have been helpful for Skye. We will all keep them crossed that the vets have the answer soon...

    Hawk aka BrownDog

  5. love love love the happy Skye pic! hoping whatever it is will be easily and quickly treated.


  6. Glad to hear she's home and feeling a little better. I hope everything gets figured out ASAP!

  7. oh no! what a horrible ordeal for you and skye- I hope she feels 100% soon!!

  8. Oh my gosh, I'm so sorry to hear she was feeling so sick. I hope you get a diagnosis soon.

  9. Glad she is feeling better. Even a hard diagnoses like Addison's will be a relief compared to not knowing. Hope she continues to improve!

  10. The not knowing is so hard, but it's good to see she's feeling better.

  11. What a stressful easter for you. Happy to hear that you're closer to pinpointing the problem.

  12. She certainly looks full of joy! We'll be crossing paws that the answer will be swiftly found and that it will be something easily treated.


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