Today, Cleo had a follow up appointment to have her blood rechecked to see if the Predisone (steroids) have jump started her again to rebuild her RBCs. She is always such a trooper, she is always ready to go for a BUV ride, I can distract the other two hounds where I can just have Cleo walk out the front door with no collar or leash (we live on a dead end road/last house) so this is okay. She no longer attempts to chase the outdoor cats that are lounging on the porch. She walks right out to the BUV and waits for you to open the back end and lift her up. We have a new/used folding ramp coming next week from a friend that is going to be great for her. She lays down in the BUV so nicely, waits to get out of the BUV, walks with her tail held high as we enter the vet office. Heck she doesn't even need to have a bandage on any more after her blood draws, such a big girl.
Note: This is a re-enactment from a previous vet visit. :)
We are not out of the woods yet, but we have poked our head around a bush
we can see a few flowers
between the weeds today
Oh, ya'll are going ya come on HDM tell us the results....
Cleo's blood work from today
Has you can see we are ready to call "Houston" and let them know we are moving closer to the launching pad.
I am sure all are blog friends have seen a blood test or two on our fur-kids. Well as you can see last Saturday (8-13-11), Cleo almost crashed due to her low, low RBC. As you can see from today's (8-18-11) Cleo has increased her RBC by several percentages. The numbers you are seeing are a percentage of the RBCs that are in her system, today Cleo is at 27.5%. A normal range for a dog is 37-50%, Cleo has a long way to go to "normal" range but we are so "Thankful" for the gain she made to day. Dr. T was quite impressed with her gains, but said she is still considered an "Acute" case at this point and we may see the numbers go back down again. She will remain on the same amount of Steroids she has been on for the last week and we will recheck her blood in 10 days.
And also, Dr. T said that after this weekend we can begin to take Cleo on short little walks when it is cool in the evenings. Cleo wants to let the vet know that is all fine and dandy, but she will prefer to stick to the golf cart rides.
We want to say "Thanks" to everyone for all the wonderful comments, POTP and good healing vibes. We know they are doing their work on Cleo for sure.
Well once again here I sit typing and reaching out to my blogging friends in blogville for some much needed Power Of The Paw and some words of advice for Miss Cleo and myself. I believe I “jinxed” myself and got way too excited about the great improvements that happened with Cleo. I guess this time I may have counted my chickens before they hatched.
For starters my husband and I hardly ever go out and do things, but this past weekend was his birthday so I splurged for a movie and hopefully dinner for us. Our fur-kids eat supper between 5-6pm every night. Well we decided to go to a movie at 5:00pm so I decided to wait and feed the dogs after the movie was over. I gave Cleo her meds for her tummy acid, thinking this would keep her tummy calm so she would be ready to eat when we got home. It was only going to be like 45 mins after their normal feeding time that they would eat, I felt this was not a big deal.
Well, we received a very frantic call from our son around 6:30 just as the movie was getting over. He stopped out at the house to pick up his laundry and found Cleo laying there unable to get up and move. He is total panic which places me in total panic and we rush home, to find Cleo barking, jumping and running around like hey what is all the fuss about. She is still pretty wobbly in the back leg area, so I pretty much decide she must have twisted herself or just had a little spasm or something. Just must be getting time for another adjustment or something. So I went ahead and feed them and she seemed to be okay, just moving slow and not much energy. I did notice that her gums were a very light pink color, which I know is not a good sign. Of course, I didn’t sleep hardly at all Friday night worrying about her and how many hours till the vet opened so I could call.
Saturday morning came and Cleo seemed to be a little perky and ate well, but I still called the vet. After talking with Dr. T. and telling him what I was seeing he had me bring her back in for an EKG and more blood work. Cleo’s EKG came back great (thank you GOD), but her blood counts were not so good. Cleo’s RBC has dropped again after rebounding just a few days prior. Instead of 2 points up she was 3 points down from where the blood work on Tuesday was. Dr. T has always shown concern and has been trying to fully understand why Cleo’s RBC is so low but shows that she is trying to make little baby RBCs.
Well it was today, Saturday August 13th, my husband’s birthday that we have found out that Cleo has Immune Mediated Hemolytic Anemia (IMHA) formally known as Autoimmune Hemolytic Anemia or AIHA. There is no explanation has to how or why one animal will get this over another.
Cleo was given an injection of “happy juice” steroids and sent back home with her anti-acid, amoxcillian, and predisone again. From all the information that I have read, the heavy dose of steroids is the only way to begin to fight this and get it under control. There is known cure for IMHA at this time, you can only manage it and “pray” that it goes into some sort of remission to where she can maintain a good quality of life. We are NOT giving up on Cleo, and Cleo continues to fight so we will do whatever we can to help maintain this disease. We will continue to work Dr. T and Dr. A Cleo’s Canine Chiropractor to determine the best course of treatment for her and hopefully move to reducing her steroid intake. The main thing we must do right now is get her body to reproduce RBCs and keep them. Unfortunately, the only way is for to take heavy doses of Steriods. She tires very easy, has a slight cough from the acids in her tummy. She is weak at times, but then has a burst of energy at times as well. Her gums are very pale, but the white of her eyes look good. We are just taking it one day at a time and we will have her RBC retested at the end of the week to see if it has come up. We are feeding her small amounts of ID food every two hours to help keep the acid in her tummy under control. This also seems to help her keep her energy levels up and keep her gums a little pinker.
Here are a few websites if you would like to have some more information on this disease.
We believe this has been one of the hottest summers for sometime. There were days that it was 100 with a heat index of 112-115, you could fry an egg out there. Although I have never done that, but this year it was a serious thought but you couldn't stand to be out there long enough to watch it fry. We also have been without rain (that amounts to anything) for weeks. We water the garden but it does not to have helped the green beens, the continue struggle this summer. I was lucky and got 15 quarts done early on, but then they just seemed to stop. They appear to be picking up again as I have been watering everyday. Tomatoes are beginning to rippen so it won't belong before we begin to make juice to can.
We do know that it is not just us here in Bloomington, IL that is feeling the heat and lack of rain. It is all across the country and everyone feels it, especially the people in Texas. I have to admit, that State could use some what of a serious rain strom. Having family in Texas and then following my blog friends who live in Texas I know it is bad there. We only pray that when it does rain, it comes a steady flow not a down pour, and not in any kinda of a major storm for them. We could use a steady flow as well for about 2 days straight and it wouldn't upset me.
Here are some random photos that I have taken during the heat and lack of rain.
This was the guage on my car when I got off work one day.
These are the cracks in our back yard from lack of rain.
Do you love our Green Grass
We drive around in the BUV with the air on to keep cool.
One of our little pug friends (Gracie)from The Slimmer Pugs is facing some Surgery next Tuesday. Her little back knee is acting up and not allowing her to have a good days. She is in lots of pain for this and the only way to fix her up is to have surgery. Unfortuantely, her family has been hit very hard with lots of other things that have been sucking up them green papers.
We just know how blogville comes together when one of our fur-ends is needing a little help. We know our green papers have been stretched pretty thin since Cleo has had her own health issues this past month. But after her appointment on Wednesday we got great news and she is well on the way to recovery, without having to have any surgery that will require more green papers. Thank you God for that one.
We was just wondering if maybe you can spare a $1 or $2 to help Gracie get the relief she needs from her pain and maybe help ease her Mom's mind a little with the vet bill. You can find her chip-in page below our on our side bar.
Well yesterday was the big day for Cleo to have a second opinion for her back issues. I have to tell you that I have had myself way too worked about this and what her outcome was going to be. Of course, I was thinking way too much about the worst case scenario and actually made myself sick before heading up there. I want to warn you this is going to be a long post with even some pictures that I tried to snap while Cleo was adjusted.
Our appointment was for 2:00pm so we left Bloomington around 1:20 since it is about a 20 minute drive to Chenoa from our house.
Cleo about to begin her journey. Hey Mom turn the air on
Oh, ya Mom that is correct point those air vents right at me
Oh, thanks Mom so much better
We arrived around 1:55pm for our appointment
Cleo very excited to meet her new Vet
The assistant came in first and weighed Cleo who is now at 57.4 pounds, gave her a good look over and checked her teeth. She said that Cleo has lots of tarter on her teeth and wanted to know if we gave her bones. I told her NO because previous experience with our other dogs resulted in a total dog fight. She strongly encouraged me to stop by our local Meat Market and purchase some knuckle bones and give to the dogs for about 15 minutes a day. She said that this will be best natural way to remove the tarter. She said hopefully by our next appointment the tarter will mostly gone, except for a few spots that may need scraped. Of course, the local Meat Market was out of knuckle bones till this Friday. So they will be getting some knuckle bones as a special treat this weekend. Dr. A also explained the importance of keeping the nails very short on your fur-kid. She informed me that they are taught to walk on their pads and if their nails get overgrown their feet (toes) will spread out as they compensate to try to find their pads on their feet. Cleo has always had a problem with her nails since she came from the shelter. She trimmed Cleo's nails very short, even taking some of them to the wick (a few bleed). She said sometimes you really have to go supper short to get control of them again. They laid Cleo on her side for this and I have never seen Cleo lay so still, like she was in a trance or something. She never even whimpered or moved when she got a few really short. Overall Cleo is very health, needs to lose a few more pounds (5-6 more).
Cleo smiling after her nails were trimmed
Dr. A reviewed all the x-rays and records and we talked in detail for some time on how/when I thought all this started. She had Cleo walk up and down the hallway, watching her walk, trot, etc. She laid Cleo’s back legs behind her, her response was improved on her rear legs. The most trouble was still with her left shoulder and leg, when this leg is placed behind her Cleo will not make any attempt to pick it up and lay it down flat to balance herself. She just lets it lay there without trying to pick it up and place it down. Once we worked through these details, Dr. A told me that she didn’t think acupuncture was necessary for Cleo at this point, but she definitely would benefit from a chiropractor adjustment. She does not have a herniated disk, thank you GOD. So off to the adjustment room we went.
Once we were in the adjustment room (just a room with carpet). Dr. A began to feel around Cleo's back, neck and shoulder area. Dr. A looked at me and Cleo and said that she hated to be blunt with me but she said that according to her poor Miss Cleo just doesn't have her head screwed on straight. So here is a list of all the mis-alignments Miss Cleo was found to have.
Her butt tail-bone was titled upward (causing her butt muscles to not work properly, this may also fix her anal gland problem that she has as well)
Pelvis was twisted sideways
4/5/6/7th Vertebra out of alignment (Wobbler's Syndrome)
Left Shoulder out of alignment (jammed)
Head was sitting about 1/4 of an inch of her neck (spine). This is actually what Dr. A meant when she said that her head was not screwed on straight.
Dr. A and her assistant worked on Cleo adjusting her, the only one that I actually heard pop into place was her shoulder and it was loud. Not sure how many of you have ever had any adjustments by a chiropractor, but you could see some of the same process take place with a fur-kid as with a human. Here are a some pictures that I snapped as Cleo was being adjusted.
Cleo getting her butt adjusted. Dr. A is in the light blue shirt and her assistant is in purple
In this picture her assistant had a pressure point on Cleo's neck, had her arm out and Dr. A would apply pressure to Cleo's butt and at the same time pull down on her assistance's arm. Not sure how it all worked, but it worked.
Cleo getting her upper body adjusted
Here she is about ready to adjust Cleo's shoulder and neck
Cleo after her adjustment was complete
Dr. A also is a huge believer in Chinese Herbs/Meds, and this is something I just wasn’t sure I wanted to try at all. After listening to her explain the importance of them and how they worked, I agreed to try to Chinese Oils/Herbs (Valor and Copaiba).
Valor is an empowering combination of therapeutic-grade essential oils that works with both the physical and spiritual aspects of the body to increase feelings of strength, courage, and self-esteem in the face of adversity. Renowned for its strengthening qualities, Valor enhances an individuals internal resources. It has also been found to help energy alignment in the body.
Dr. A basically told me that she feels that Valor is Chiropractor Care in a bottle.
Copaiba is a powerful essential oil from South America that has traditionally been used to aid digestion and support the body's natural response to injury or irritation. Capaiba contains the highest amounts of beta caryophyllene (55 percent) of any known essential oil.
Three times a day I take a few drops of the Valor and place on Cleo's tail bone (butt), behind her ears and her shoulder. I massage these in for a few minutes, then just go about your every day activities. We have not started the Copaiba has Dr. A was currently out of it and we should receive it in the mail next week. We will add this oil to the same spots that we placed the Valor on. This will enhance the process of the Valor. Cleo will also get Copaiba by mouth twice a day working up to 5 times a day.
We also will be giving her Clycoflex III Canine for her joints and Duralactin Canine to help with some of her tummy issues.
She also told me that giving these items to Winston and Amiee will not cause any problems, but enhance their health as well. What I have found pretty amazing about this Valor oil is that, since I have been applying to Cleo I have noticed improvements with my own hand. I have arthritis in it and the swelling has gone down and it feels 75% better.
Here is Cleo leaving after her adjustment last night
Cleo last night after she came home and had supper. She was actually rolling around and being silly. Something she hasn't done for a month.
We want to thank everyone for their well wishes, the power of the paw and good drooling vibes. I strongly believe they helped us get through this last month of unknowns. But the unknowns have been answered and Cleo is well on her way to a new lease on life.
I have learned through this experience that I am going to leave reading the X-rays to the professionals, stop reading the Internet for information and always trust your heart and your blogging buddies to go get a second opinion.
This morning Cleo was the first one up out of bed, tail waggin and trotting out to the kitchen for breakfast. When I went home at lunch today, Cleo greeted me at the door with a happy bark and prance around the living room. PRAISE GOD MY GIRL IS BACK.
Note from HDM: Today at 2:00pm Cleo will be seen by Dr. A to hopefully determine if she has Wobbler's Syndrome or a herniated disc. We hope to get relieve for Cleo today either by Acupuncture or Chiropractor adjustments. She has showed some slow improvement over the last week so we can only Hope and Pray for Good Things today.