I wasn't sure I would make it through the work day today because all I could think about was getting my girl to the vet this evening. When I got home she seemed more alert than she was this morning and was walking better. Her head twitch seems less frequent too. On the way to the vet's office Twix's daddy and I discussed our "options". He felt like Twix was suffering and in pain whereas I did not and He was worried that she would fall off the bed and break something in the middle of the night or hurt her back. Our long term followers know how much Twix and her daddy love each other and it was a very hard thing to think about us not bringing her home. It is extremely important to Twix's daddy and I that she not suffer.
When we arrived at the office Twix was not her normal anxious self but was maybe her half normal anxious self. She did some pacing and some whimpering. Of course, I was in tears in the waiting room and it only got worse once we were in the exam room. We talked with Dr. Abby for quite a while and asked lots of questions. We discussed Vestibular Disorder and she said Twix definitely doesn't have that. She and Shannon (Twix's aunt) assured us that she was not in pain. They made some suggestions on how to keep Twix safe and we talked about how we could control those type of things. So, when we got home tonight we took the mattress off the bed and put it on the floor ;o)
Dr. Abby had sent the video to a neurologist along with a list of things going on with her and is still waiting to hear back. I asked about a concussion and Dr. Abby said that was possible since she was showing some improvement. Both hubby and I felt much better about things after talking with her.
As far as the blood in her urine, we have addressed everything that was suggested in the comments from yesterday's post. We have looked at stones, UTI's, masses, etc. She has had several urinalysis, including sterile ones. She has had x-rays and her back and discs look great. The sonogram she had done at the specialty clinic didn't show any abnormalities at all. The specialist thought she probably had a broken vessel in one or her kidneys and said the only way to fix it would be to have surgery and remove the kidney. He felt that we don't have anything to worry about with that. We have had lots and lots of blood work done too. It seems like we do that about once a month. One reason we do blood work so frequently is to make sure she doesn't become anemic. Her liver and kidney functions are fine. Her blood sugar is always in a normal range. The only thing that ever shows up in the blood work that is abnormal is the white count.
Dr. Abby feels like the biggest issue is the anorexia. We have been trying to get her to eat things she should be eating up to this point but the vet said we should just give her what she will eat right now. I know she likes applesauce so when we got home I put some apple juice in a bowl and she drank all of it. I will be making a trip to the grocery store in the morning to get some applesauce and baby food fruits.
I know that Dr. Abby has had other colleagues review Twix's information and they are as baffled as she is. I think cancer of some sort is probably what is going on but with her recent abdominal sonogram we know it isn't located there.
Thank you so much for all your suggestions, thoughts, prayers, and crossed paws. We talked about pretty much everything that was suggested when we were at the vet's office. I will try to keep you updated as I can.
Thank you so much for everything!