I'm so lucky to have so many furiends!

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Unexpected Visit to the V.E.T.

Mom and Dad woke me up early from my 8 hour nap today. They came home about an hour earlier than usual and that cut into my beauty rest.
Not only that but they took me to see the V.E.T.!
What up with that?
Anyway, I guess I have some blood in my urine and they got all worried about it. The V.E.T. took some of my pee straight outta my tummy....they wanted it to be sterile when they tested it. Turns out I have a bladder infection and have to take an antibiotic for the next week. The worst part is that I have to go back and have that test done again. Mom and Dad said they could hear me crying while they were "taking" it from me.
Fortunately, no evidence of stones. 
Another thing they did was trim my nails and squeeze my bootie. I have to say, I don't like having my nails trimmed but they were way too long....thanks a lot Mom and Dad! You would think pawrents could be a bit more responsible with those things wouldn't ya? 
That isn't all.....
they also took blood right outta my neck! I was a good girl when the doc did that and didn't move a muscle.
Mom forgot the camera so there are no photos of my at the V.E.T.'s office today. This post has too many words and not enough photos so I requested that Mom add one in for you to admire.
You guys all know that my mom is all concerned about my hair loss. Well, she had to bring it up again, even though that isn't why we were there. She told Dr. Harsha that it has gotten significantly worse than before and he said he didn't think it was allergies now because it is very symmetrical. That is why they took my blood.....to test for Hypothyroidism or Cushing's Disease.
Dr. Harsha explained the two to us and said that Hypothyroidism is what he is hoping for. Although, Mom said she felt like he thinks it is Cushing's. We don't really know much about either disease but it seems that Cushing's is much harder to control and can cut your life short. So we are hoping for Hypothyroidism too!
I told Momma I was fine and she didn't need to worry but you know how moms are.....
So, just like some of our furiends, we are in a waiting game until we get the results back, hopefully Friday. 

Most of the time lately, when I get my photos taken I am under a blanket or have on a shirt to keep me warm. Momma took off my shirt and made me take my picture nekkid!
I let her but only to show you guys how bad my hair loss has gotten recently. Here are 2 pics Mom took just a little while ago.

I have no furs on my sides or my tail!
It looks like I have a mohawk when I get my hackles up cause that fur is still there.
We will let you know what we find out but Mom thought some prayers and 'power of the paw' might help.


hero said...

Oh my dear Twix, sorry to hear about your health issues... but you're a strong girl at the VET and we are so proud of you... you are in our thoughts and prayers.

Licks, hero

Lola said...

Twix, I'm so sorry to learn about your troubles. I did read up on Cushings a little, just in case and have read that it can be successfully treated for years with early intervention, so I guess your Mom was pretty smart to keep after the VET about it. You certainly have our prayers and will try to send good vibes your way as well.

Love, Lola

houndstooth said...

We are sending good thoughts your way! What a traumatic day for you.

We have some greyhound friends with thyroid problems, and while it's not the best, it's not as bad as Cushing's. Hopefully they figure out what's wrong.


Frankie Furter said...

Dear Sweet Twix, I just can't believe that VET did all those awful thingys to you.
Stealing your pees right out of your tummy and taking blood from your neck. I won't be able to sleep after hearing all this.
Well, at least you will feel better when the meds kick in.
I think you should tell your dad that you are trying to look like he does. Except that he only shaves the furs off his head. I am sure that you don't have that scary thingy.
You KNOW that I have my paws crossed for everything to be all okey dokey.
PeeS. Your KC Royals are Kicking my Indians right in the tail!!!

Lola said...

Twix, I'm so very sorry you have any health issues to worry about. We rushed to Google to look up Cushing's - just in case. What we read said it could be successfully treated for years, so maybe the worst case wouldn't be so terribly worse. It's a good thing your Mom is vigilant and that she's gets you good care.

love, Lola

scotsmad said...

You poor baby. Having all those awful things happen to you at the Vet's. But it's good that your humans are so concerned and want to help you all they can.

We'll cross our paws/fingers in hopes that everything works out okay.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

PeeS Gorgeous shot of you in the pink outfit

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Paws khrossed fur pawsitive results -

Woo will find lots of support here no matter what they find -

I'm glad woo were brave!


Fiona, as typed by Dr. Liz said...

Oh sweetie! Sorry to hear about the bladder infection and the hair loss. TaiChi (at 20) was pretty much bald (and it was symmetrical) but at her advanced age, and with a whole ton of health issues that you DON'T have (although with the bladder infection, have them check your kidney function - I know it sounds like a leap, but for some reason our vet thought the two might be linked with TaiChi). Hopefully it will be something simple to treat. Paws are crossed for you!

*kissey face*
-Fiona and Abby the Pest

hero said...

Thanks for putting our picture at the sidebar... each time I visit, the pic will remind me of the good times we had at date night... sweet memories :) You can always have my blog pics, Twix.

Licks, hero

Sandra said...

Dearest Twix we will certainly be sending you good thoughts and prayers. But don't worry about the hair loss you still look adorable. We will just call this your mohawk/rocker look.

Flash, Alven and Dottie

Lorenza said...

I am so sorry you had to go to the Vet and suffer all those tortures!
I hope the meds work fast so you will be better soon!
Like you, I suffer hair loss too. And it is caused by a bad thyroid. I take a pill every morning and everything is under control.
I don't know much about Cushing's Disease but I guess it is better to wait to see what your results say so your Vet will give you the right treatment.
I will have my paws crossed for you!
Take care
Kisses and hugs

Mr Koda MD said...

Dear Twix! I'm glad your mom is vigilant and onto your medical bits and pieces, shes only trying to make you all better!

MMM Mother Dearest is a freakshow and likes trimming my nails herself! Blaugh! But at least I get a tummy rub out of it!

Get well soon! paws crossed


Sierra Rose said...

Oh sweetie pie! We do hope a cause is found. Just wondering if it could be an allergic reaction to any of the fabrics you wear?

Hugs and snaggle-tooth kisses,
Sierra Rose

DoDo and MoMo said...

Speedy recovery on the bladder infection and don't worry too much on the hair loss ^^

Stella, Gunther and Betty said...

Oh Twix, we're not happy to hear about your sickies. :(

Betty recently had an urinary tract infection too. They did the same exact thing to her. It wasn't fun, poor babies. We'll keep our paws crossed for you.

Stella, Gunther and Betty

Brindusa said...

dear Twix,
We are so sorry to hear about your problems. I don't know what's happening but we have similar issues here. Lucy, our female dachshund had some bad days, too. We haven't got to the vet, yet. We suppose she is having kidney infection. The urine test will tell if there are some stones or sand. Hope not.
We wish you to get better soon and read more about that.
Kisses from Romania

Abby said...

Hi, Twix...

I'm sending some Extra Special Lhasa Healing Vibes to you...

Please keep us posted...

Abby xxxxxxoooooo

3 doxies said...

Oh dear Twix, I think your VET is a vampire.
Anyway, I m so sad to hear about da possibilities you are facing. I can just imagine how your pawrents are feeling...they are so worried I'm sure.
If it makes you feel any betters I am loosing da hair off my tail too...mum thinks it's cuz I sit on it.
We are thinking and praying fur a most wonderful outcome from da tests.

The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

Hi Twixxy,

We hope the Vet can get it all figured out - a girl needs to have some hair on her tail. Although we'd like to see you with a Mohawk.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh, Ruairi and Becky


On Twix, No!! You maybe got the sickies to. Mommy's Samanthea had Cushing too. She didn't get it until she was 13 1/2. We will pray everything comes out Ok for you.

I don't like being naked either and who knows how much more hair they'll have to take off durning tomorrow's surgery.

We will keep you in our prayers.


Madi and Mom said...

Twix we are so sorry to hear you aren't on top of your puppy game right now. We are very proud of you for being so brave at the Vet's.
Big hug and lots of prayers to you all. Keep us posted.
Madi and Mom

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

What a stressful day you had, Twix. We are sorry that you aren't feeling well and are nekkid!! We all have our paws crossed for you, and that's a lot of paws!! Prayers and good thoughts are being sent your way!

Woofs and Kisses!
The Fiesty Three

kissa-bull said...

the power of the pibble paw will rev up to overdrive now. we are furry sowy to hear dearest twix of all you had to go through at the vet
we fink you were the bravest ever to be. we woulda been crying for our mommish for sure. we shall light a candle for you toniht along wiff mona's and max dog's and pray furry much hard for your health

sending healing pibble vibes your way
the pittie pack

Nadine, Chewy and Lilibell said...

Oh no Twix, we are so sorry to hear about your traumatic vet visit :( We hope that your diagnosis is the good one (not that any diagnosis can be good) and if it's the other one, we hope that it is in the very early stages.

Now, as far as the hair loss, you can join the hair loss club with me, Chewy! I have no hair on my tummy and I'm starting to go thin on my head, something about Chi pattern baldness...but now we can be hairless together, BOL!!

Anywho, we are putting our paws and hooman hands together and praying that everything is okay with our friend Twix!

Waggles & Chi kisses, Chewy & Lilibell

Pee Ess....Mom is sending her kisses your way!

elbouwii said...

oooh poor twix!
you got a lot of hughs and kisses from us

get better

El'bow & Hauwii

A MilShelb Mom said...

Oh goodness, Twix! We are thinking about you and praying for you. We hope the test results come back exactly how you want them to. You're in our thoughts and prayers!!
~Milly, Shelby, and Maggie (aka MilShelb Mom)

Maggie and Mitch said...

This was a tough day for you, Twix! We're sending you LOTS of AireZen and hoping for the very best for you!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

Ruby's Raiser said...

Poor baby, it's so uncomfortable to be poked and prodded, but you have a wonderful mom and dad who are on top of things. Keeping our paws crossed that you have good news to share on Friday.

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Hi Twix, we are so sorry to hear abut your vet visit. The bladder infection should clear up with some meds. As for the hair loss and talk of the thyroid and Cushing's, we had experience with both. Dakota took meds for thyroid for years and it was well conrolled. She also had Cushing's as you may remember. Mom says she doesn't remember Dakota having any obvious hair loss other than her fur took a long time to grow back in after they shaved her for her ultrasound. If it is Cushing's, there are a few options for meds that work well for most dogs to control the disease and prolong the life of the dog. In our case, the meds didn't work for Dakota. There is a lot of useful information on the web about both and yahoo has a great group for it as well. Best at this point to wait and see what the blood work shows. If you have any questions, don't hesitate to contact us. theoppack AT gmail DOT com.

Woos - Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Scout 'n Freyja said...

We just want you to know that we are PURRaying and crossing paws for you to get better and for your hair to grow back soon. We just know that your momma will take good care of you. All you have to do is be a good doggie and take your pills. Tell your momma to roll them in some cheese, YUM!

The Army of Four said...

We are saying extra prayers for you, Twixy!

Winnie and Lilly said...

Oh Twix,
Sorry to hear about all of that. I will say my prayers for you that you will get better soon. I know how mom's can worry, but that just means they love you sooo very much.
Your Friend,

Sharon Wagner said...

My cats always say,"no thanks" to trimming claws. But we do it anyway. Get well soon Twix!!!!

the booker man said...

miss twix,
you were such a super brave lady at the vet's place!! they just poked you all over, didn't they? :( me and asa and my mama are thinking good thoughts and praying that your vet will figure out exactly what's wrong so you can feel the betterment very very fast like!
*gooey nose kisses*
the booker man

pee s -- next time, i told mama that i want a manly tank over my hoo haa!!

Elizabeth said...

poor poor Twix!
It is very bad to go to the vet!
I hope your mom and dad find out pretty soon what
is making you uncomfortable.
You need to keep warm and cheerful
licks from Buster

Zona said...

Oh, Twix, please, please keep us posted on your results. My sister had the same concerns and after A LOT of testing for Cushings, it turned out to be Hypothyroidism. Once she was on a pill for that, it didn't bother her for the rest of her years. I'm hoping this is an easy fix for you too! Any other symptoms besides the hair loss? Get well soon!! Did you get the flowers I posted for you last Thursday? I hope they make you smile, despite the V.E.T. stress!


ocmist said...

Grammy is praying for you Twix, and we have our thoughts on you and our paws crossed, too! We are glad that you were so strong when you went to see the V-E-T. Grammy says we (Gimli & Pippin) are going to have to go soon for some tutoring because we keep fighting. I'm not sure I like the sounds of that... I don't like what all I've read of my friend's V-E-T visits, and Mama Dott and Mercy didn't have a great time when they went and got sprayed!


Cloud the Wonder Dog said...

Oh sweet Twix, we are sending you lots and lots of love and support!!!

Love and hugs,
Cloud and his mom

Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear what you had to go thru at the vet, but he is the one who can help you so keep being a good girl there! We know about the thyroid thinghie because my sister Nikki had it (hair loss and all). It was very treatable.

We are praying for you here. Take care.


Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear what you had to go thru at the vet, but he is the one who can help you so keep being a good girl there! We know about the thyroid thinghie because my sister Nikki had it (hair loss and all). It was very treatable.

We are praying for you here. Take care.


Anonymous said...

So sorry to hear what you had to go thru at the vet, but he is the one who can help you so keep being a good girl there! We know about the thyroid thinghie because my sister Nikki had it (hair loss and all). It was very treatable.

We are praying for you here. Take care.


Abby Snyder said...

FYI Twix - I've got your back. I'm always at the clinic and have a fuzzy red shoulder for you to lean on. PS: I know it doesn't seem like it but your vet really likes you! Hang in there and take your meds. Love, Darcy

Toby- The dog with a blog said...

Poor little Twix, we hope you feel much better soon!

Flo de Sendai said...

Hello from Japan, little Twix, you're cute !
From Florence, Nana, and Uyanga.

Ruby and Penny said...

Oh no Twix. We are hoping for the Hypothyroidism too. Do you have any dark pigment skin patches. That is also a sign of hypothyroidism.
We're sending lots of doxie feel good rayz your ray.
Love Ruby & Penny

Zona said...

Good morning, Twix! In response yo your question on my bloggie: of course! What's mine is yours. :) I'm happy to share whatever you'd like. Glad to hear you have some answers... can't wait to read the full report!


Anonymous said...

Hi Twix, saying some prayers for you and Mom & Dad. Hope you get well soon!

Three Dogs Long said...

Oh dear, sweet Twix!! We are sad to hear about your urine fection! Schatzi & Xena are prone to them too! Our V.E.T. prescribed kibble to help with the formation of any stones that may form, down the road. We hope your pee'er is good as new soon!

And we think you're beeootiful - just the way you are! Our Mom says dacshies are prone to Cushings - we are keeping our paws crossed & will await the results of your blood work!

(((Hugs)) your friends
Oskar, Schatzi & Xena

3 doxies said...

Hey Puddles mum here,
I didd speak with our vet aboutPuddles hair loss on her tail. He said not worry because it happens in breeds like doxies with minimal hair on their tail. And shee is bad about sitttiig on her tail too. I just hope everytthinngg goes ok forr you all annd we arree sending our thoughts aand well wishees to ya'll.