Today I made an unexpected trip to the veterinarian’s office
For the past couple of days she has been breathing a
bit heavy, but for an older dog, when it’s REALLY hot outside,
we thought it was just the heat.
Last night, Kenny even took her in the pool to cool off.
She doesn’t do any swimming, she just likes to
Looks pretty relaxed doesn’t she?
No, we’ve never tried putting her on one of
the floating mattresses…..
….but she does enjoy, when she is feeling well,
running around the pool, while we are in it, barking
Of course she likes being dried off as well.
I woke up at 4am this morning because I heard her
STILL breathing heavy
Of course, since I work in a cardiology area, my first
thought is that she has congestive heart failure….
she’s older, 8, almost 9…..
listened to her heart and said her heart sounded fine.
She then listened to her lungs and said she could only hear the
tops of her lungs filling, not the bottoms of them.
She was also running a fever.
She wanted to keep her for some x-rays and possibly some lab work
to find out what was going on.
I came home and took Lonnie for a walk, while it was still fairly cool
outside…..best to keep busy or else my mind starts to wander and
start thinking of lung cancer or some other malady that could
be causing Cleopatra’s problems.
Dr. Rudd called back and said her lungs looked fine on the chest x-rays,
but they took abdominal x-rays and they showed that she had a golf ball
size stone in her bladder.
She also has a urinary tract infection……
Cleopatra is home on antibiotics, pain meds and liver meds, because she also
had an elevated liver enzyme.
Dr. Cook (who removed Cleopatra’s cyst back in June)
will be doing Cleopatra’s surgery on Monday and hopefully
she’ll be feeling much better
after her stone removal.