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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.

20 comments:

Lynn said...

What a cute little stinker! I wish I could just go through the computer screen and give him a bunch of love. Hope all goes well...

Oskar said...

I am sending paweful prayers that they can help Indy soon!

Nubbin wiggles,
Oskar

Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Paws khrossed fur answers

In the meantime, snakhks fur all!

Hugz&Khysses,
Khyra

Linda O'Connell said...

You must be overwhelemed. I'll keep you and Indy in my prayers. Hope the test turns out good.

Lisa Ricard Claro said...

Poor little Indy! He looks like a trooper, very bright eyed little guy. So sorry he's not well. Sending lots of positive energy your way!

Maggie Mae said...

I am sending some puppy prayers to you and Indy. Keep us posted. :)

Woofs and Licks,
Maggie Mae

Swimtaxi said...

"I'm sure they'll put the money to good use. Maybe an addition to the clinic."

LOL - but at the same time, one look into our pet's eyes makes it easier to sign that check.

Praying for good news and an easy fix.

giantspeckledchihuahua said...

Paws crossed for answers! Keep us posted!

RYKER said...

It so hard to wait when you are worried about a loved one.
We are hoping you get some good answers real soon.

the booker man said...

i hope you get some answers for indy soon, miss pat! in the meantime, i bet he was super happy to go home and eat some foodables. poor guy!!

*woof*
the booker man

Barb Hodges said...
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Barb Hodges said...

I mistakenly posted about Cushings
when I remembered that it was Chron's disease my friend had. I wish Indy the best.

The Homespun Loft said...

Hopefully you find an answer soon.
I am yor newest follower-hope you come by and return the favor for me too. Found you on Sat Blog hop

Cattis said...

I do hope you will get some answers soon. Big hugs to both of you.
Cattis

Queenie Jeannie said...

Hugs, prayers and best wishes on a positive test result!! Waiting is always the hardest part!

Tammy said...

Am keeping fingers crossed that the outcome is whatever is most comfortable for everyone. And glad to see that little Indy took it all in jaunty stride.

Kent Island Red said...

Hi Pat,
First off, thanks so much for following my blog! Secondly, I'm sorry to hear about Indy and boy, do I feel your pain as far as the vet bills are concerned. A couple of years ago my oldest dog Snoopy snapped a tendon in his leg and had it repaired. Let me just say that between surgery, x-rays, painkillers, overnight stay at hospital, etc. it didn't quite rival the national debt, but it felt pretty close:-( On the bright side, consider me your newest follower!

Cozy in Texas said...

How worrying for you. I don't know anything about this disease. Hopefully whatever the outcome it can be treated.
Ann

Pup Fan said...

Hope you get some answers soon! Will be sending lots of good thoughts your way...

Deborah said...

Hi again, I just found out today that my mother's old girl has cushing's disease. She's not that well and is on all kinds of medicine, so I'm hoping the second tests are negative.
xxoo
Deborah