Thursday, September 30, 2010
Indy Update...Sort Of
"Whatta ya mean I don't get breakfast?"
Indy spent today at the vet's office being tested for Cushing's Disease. The test requires fasting, so he was quite offended when Bogey got yummies this morning and he did not. However, he happily leapt into the car for his trip and was only a little disappointed when he discovered our destination. A rousing sniff-fest ensued, with Indy investigating every fascinating smell he could find. I signed permission forms, then headed to work.
The vet took a baseline blood test then injected him with a hormone (I think ACTH). This stimulates the adrenals to release cortisol. Several hours later, another blood test is done. If it turns out that he has Cushing's, a large amount of cortisol will be detected in the second test, which is considered to be about 70-75% accurate in diagnosing Cushing's. His blood work is being sent to an outside lab, so we won't know results for a few days.
We left the vet's office with another whopping bill to add to Saturday's tab. I'm sure they'll put the money to good use. Maybe an addition to the clinic. Some pricey new equipment. A fancy vacation?
I'd feel better about the bills, if we only had some answers.