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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

A Note from Mom

Hi all! I just realized that it has been a week since I helped Twix put up a new post.
She walked right up to me and told me I was a slacker!
 Can you believe that?
 She has some nerve, huh?

Truth is, I have been slacking on blogging lately. Not just with our posts but also with commenting. I do have a good reason, I have been trying to research what is going on with my girl. Most of our followers know that Twix has had blood in her urine recently. Looking back, I think this has been going on for a couple of months now. Last time we posted about this (here), Twix told you she was taking a second round of antibiotics and we were waiting to see if that cleared it up. She also took a third round of antibiotics for an  even longer time. The medication did not clear it up.

We have been making several trips to the vet lately....so much that I think Twix is starting to hope she doesn't hear the word "ride" ever again. The good news in all this is that she doesn't act like she is in pain or sick at all.  And we know her fur is growing back so that is a positive as well. The last couple of times she was at the vet we did some xrays to see if we could see any bladder or kidney stones and we did not see any.

That sounds good, right?

And I should be happy, right?

I'm not.

 It makes me worry that there is something more serious going on and that is what I have been researching which is probably not a good thing for me to be doing right now. As you can imagine, there are lots of things that can go wrong with a dog's kidneys, bladder, and everything in between. I know this could still turn out to be something small and easy to fix but everything inside me is yelling this is bad, very bad. What I read last night that has me the most scared is that if it is some sort of cancer it is usually very advanced by the time there is blood in the urine. And, Twix has a lot of blood in her urine.  The doctor said it looks like kool-aid. At our last visit Monday, she said she doesn't see any masses but they don't necessarily always show up on an xray. She also told us that she doesn't think Twix has cancer because she seems to be getting healthier since we put her on the thyroid meds and most of the time she sees the opposite.....dogs lose weight, have very little energy, and just don't look good in general. She sent off some of Twix's urine for some testing and we are waiting for the results to come back, hopefully before the end of the week.

Needless to say, we could use some prayers
and crossed paws right now.
Thanks to all of you for being our friends and
for your support when we need it!

Sorry, this is kind of a long, depressing post. How about something to make you smile.....

I will let Twix get back to posting when we get some new information from the vet.  Also, we got a surprise in the mail this week and we want to share it with you.


Khyra And Sometimes Her Mom said...

Khyra's Mom here...

The ability to research is both a good and a bad thing - we all know that -

We'll be thinking good and healing thoughts for ALL of you -

Please take the free time you do have to pet Twix for us and do not feel the need/pressure to comment!

AND, thanks for the smile to close the post!

K-9 Katastrophe said...

I hope you get better soon. You kinda look like me!

Doxie love,

The Thundering Herd said...

Paws crossed, of course, but also much understanding from the hu-dad who worries about every little nuanced change in our habits.

Sam and Pippen said...

Paws crossed and healing thoughts coming your way!

Sam and Pippen

Cocorue said...

awww Twixmom,

think positive and keep away from the computer as mumster comes back with info we Do NOT want to know sometimes......remember my sugar level and the ants???? computer says diabetes and she went ballistic....luckily, no diabetes!

thinking positive thoughts and keeping paws, hands, toes and whatever we can cross for Twixie


coco and tiffy

houndstooth said...

Paws and fingers crossed here! We hope you get some good news!


twinkietinydog said...

I like to know too! If they find something then they can fix it, right? That's how I think as well, but that doesn't mean we're right. Sometimes we just need to relax and let the kinks work themselves out of the way. I just so hope my Twix pal is one of those cases.
BTW did you really tell me YOU're MIA? Have you seen me around? Crazy summer, and it's been like this since Feb.
Paws crossed for the Twix girly (thanks for smiley photo)

Lola said...

I just hope Twix is just fine. She's certainly looking well. Don't worry about commenting or blogging if you're not up for it, but we do appreciate the updates on Twix.

lotsa licks and crossed paws, too,


Hailey said...

Oh my TWXIE!!!!! You look so beautiful in your picture! My paws, ears, eyes and tail are crossed. I even have La-la and my mom doing the same thing. We are shoveling positive thoughts and prayers your way! Tell your mom we are here for you and her! Need anything ~ just ask! All your bloggie furiends love you and want you to get really really better really really fast! We love you! Get plenty of rest!

Much hugs & smoochies! xoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxoxo
Hailey & mom

hero said...

Twix is very lucky to have a mom like you... doing all you can to figure out her health problems. We are all here to support each other and Twixie girl is in our prayers. Paws crossed for good news.

Licks, hero

Three Dogs Long said...

Hi Twixie, you don't have to do anything but get better, sweetie! Your hooman is pawsome to take such pawsome care of you; we know she & your vet will get to the bottom of these reoccurring UTI's.

Pls. take care, get lots of fluids and rest.

PeeS - we miss you & will be keeping you in our pawrayhers!

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

El'bow and Hauwii said...

oooh twix
just get better :)that the only thing that we wont :)

El'bow & Hauwii

Anonymous said...

Hi Twix, adding some more prayers for you to get well. Get well soon!

Frankie Furter said...

You KNOW that I have my paws crossed for you girrrl.

♥ Sallie said...

We love you Twix!

Dovey said...

Dear Twix and Twix's mom, thanks for sharing your news with us! It sounds like you are going through a tough time--- we will keep our fingers crossed for both of you! Please to to get as much rest and relaxation as possible! Love, Dovey and Baby Bird

Nadine, Chewy and Lilibell said...

I know full well the scariness of researching, I told you before that I scared myself silly when researching Lilibell's liver issues! But it is also a helpful tool too for when you do get a diagnosis.

We three are praying our hardest that this is just a minor problem for Twix and that everything works out fine for her. And don't worry about not blogging and commenting, we've been slack with our blogging too! Just make sure that you post updates every once in a while so we can keep our minds at ease!

Extra special Waggles, Chi kisses and Hugs, Chewy, Lilibell and the Mom

Minna Krebs said...

Awwwh, poor Twix and Twixmom!

I know dat all the 'not knowing' is sooooo stressful!

We be keeping paws crossed for sweet Twix

Healing Hugs,

Tessa the Maltese said...

First Mom, NO Computer! Bad Mom, quit sacring yourself!!!

OK, now you know that we got your back girl and we have so many paws crossed that we can only lay down! BOL

Mom has good thoughts and has Twix in her prayers!

woo woo for good news, Tessa and Mom Blu

Maggie and Mitch said...

The internet is a wonderful resource but it can be very stressful too. We are sending you lots of AireZen and our paws are crossed for you, Twix!

Love ya lots
Maggie and Mitch

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Thanks for the update on our special girl Twix. A little knowledge can be a dangerous thing, but Mom says she would be doing all that research too. Has the vet talked about doing an ultrasound? It can be expensive, but it might give you the answers you need.

Please try to stay upbeat. The improvement in Twix's coat and her overall health are all good signs. We will cross our paws and say our prayers that you get an answer soon and one ghat is fixable.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

The Two Country Poodles & Uncle Puppy said...

Twix...You are in our puppy prayers and we are always thinking of you. We hope you find out what is wrong and we pray for a speedy recovery!

Wags and Licks,
Mollie Jo & Bobo

scotsmad said...

We've got everything crossed for you, Twix.

Glad your furs growing in, ready for winter.

XXXOOO Daisy, Kendra & Bella

Martha and Bailey said...

We will be keeping our basset paws crossed and we just loved the picture of Twix - it did make us smile.
We do sometimes think that humans worry too much whereas we dogs just take each day as it comes.
We don't know about the future so as long as you love us each and every day that is fine with us.
love and kisses
Martha and Bailey xxx

mayziegal said...

Hi Twix's mom. I know you're worried. My mom worries too - a LOT - about everything pretty much it seems. But we've got our paws crossed that it's something easy and simple to fix. And I'm sending you both my most powerful brindle wishes, along with lots of snuggles.

Wiggles & Wags,

Tucker said...

Hi Twix's Mom - has your vet suggested an unltrasound on the bladder? My kitty brother had a problem with urinary blockages caused by his diabetes and the vet wanted to do an ultrasound or an xray to see if there were stones or a tumor. Momma had them do an xray and they didn't see anything. Unfortunately kitty brother Troubles had something really wrong a couple months later and had to go to the rainbow bridge. Momma wishes she had done the ultrasound too because kitty brother probably had bladder cancer and the xray didn't pick it up. I'm not trying to scare you but If your vet can do an ultrasound it would be reassuring to NOT SEE anything. Paws crossed for Twix.

woof - Tucker

Lorenza said...

You know I have my paws (with bandage included) crossed for Twix!
It is very scary not to know what is happening but I have faith everything is going to be ok!
Please take care
Kisses and hugs

Mr Koda MD said...

I have my paws, ears and insides crossed for dear Twixxy, dogness knows a special girl shouldn't be whizzing koolade...but hopefully something turns up to fix it!

Mango said...

Little Twix! That is scary news and you have to be brave and go to the vet and listen and do whatever you have to in order to get better. And if something is owie, don't try to hide it, OK? Because the humans need to know.

We are all so worried about you and sending our good thoughts.


Bijou said...

We thought there must be a furry good reason you were not blogging. We have our paws and fingers crossed that the pee test helps solve the mystery. We'll be thinking of you and hoping nothing serious is wrong with our good furiend.


The Rocky Creek Scotties said...

The improved coat sound promising.

Have you consulted with Maggie and Mitch's Mom - Maggie is on a "kidney" diet.

Lilly, Piper, Carrleigh and Ruairi

Sharon wagner said...

I'm sending positive thoughts.

Kari in WeHo said...

Oh wow, I sure hope it is all ok. Sending positive thoughts!

Don't forget, we moved to http://dogisgodinreverse.com/


Hi Twix, It is sooo good to hear from you and we have missed you sooo much!

We are praying and keeping our paws crossed that the test won't show anything bad. We luv you and we want you to be well soon!

Riley and Star.

ForPetsSake said...

Hi there - please never apologize for a post like this! I understand where you're coming from and here's the best place to air those feelings! May I suggest that you ask your vet about doing an ultrasound? I'm a vet tech and in my experience, any masses that don't show up on an x-ray may be seen on an ultrasound (IF THEY'RE THERE AT ALL). If your vet doesn't have an ultrasound machine, call around or get a referral to a vet that does have one. It's not that expensive- comparable to the cost of an x-ray. A quick picture inside your baby may at least give you some peace of mind. Sending many positive thoughts your way!

Lacy said...

w00fs, me hopes u feeling better now...mama had a treatment the 17th and fur sum reason her was sicker this time...lots of sickies on the tummy..me has me paws crossed and u is in mamas prayers, that they can help you soon..

b safe,

♥♥♥ The OP Pack ♥♥♥ said...

Just wanted to let you know that we are thinking of you and Twix and hope everything is OK.

Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

Sugar the Golden Retriever said...

Woof! Woof! Oh! TWIX. Sending you my Golden Healing Thoughts. Will be thinking of you. Lots of Golden Woofs, Sugar

happy said...

Oh Twix, sorry to hear this. Hope you'll get better soon. We're sending you healling vibes.

Penny and Patches said...

We're sorry you are having to deal with this! It is always very scary when one of us furkids is sick. We will cross all our paws for you and our mom will put you on our prayer list! Get all better very soon, Twix!

Penny & Patches

Cheryl, Indiana, Shingo and Molly said...

You are in our prayers!! Hope the vet gets to the bottom of this soon!

Woofs and Kisses!
The Fiesty Three

Molly,Taffy and Monty said...

Twix we do hope the Vet can sort out your problem and very quickly. Our paws are crossed for you.

Molly, Taffy and MOnty

Asta said...


Sweet Twix, tell youw Mommi that we awe pwaying and sending gweat vibes to make suwe that the dogtows figoowe out what is wong and can fix it vewy vewy soon
You awe looking bootiful sweet giwl
healing smoochie kisses

Ruby's Raiser said...

Eight paws crossed here, plus all my human fingers and toes. We're sending all of the power of the paw to you, your precious girl, and your family.