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Bing could use some good thoughts...
Bing has been gathering a ton of fluid in his abdomen, we have been treating for IBD but that does not appear to be making a difference... we have known that we will need to drain the fluid again but have been waiting until he is uncomfortable to do so, we dont want to keep draining as at some point we won't be able to drain any longer and will have to make some decisions about his quality of life. Right now he is still acting like a happy guy despite the fluid...I have been continuing to do research as we have gone to two internists, a cardiologist and had three ultrasounds done and nobody could tell us what is wrong with him. The problem is that something is obviously wrong with him he is 39 inches around his waist on a dog that is barely 20 inches at the shoulder. We know that he has a repaired shunt, micro vascular dysplasia, a severely under developed liver as well as moderate to severe inflamatory bowel disease. So what is causing the problem... ascites is associated with an assortment of diseases but we have been treating for IBD as all of bings blood work and liver values were coming up normal... but all if the IBD bloodwork was also coming up as normal...
I was up all night two nights ago with my flat coat Cuinn having seizures and while I was up wiht him I did research on the ascites and decided that he could not have IBD to the extent that he would accumulate that kind of fluid without having symptoms and he had none. I decided to treat him for liver failure ... it just made more sense... I called the vet... we had his belly drained of some fluid so he was more comfortable and I opted to put him back on the Liver diet food, lactulose, spironolactone (for fluid) and metronidizol all the same medications that we had him on prior to his surgery.
If this doesn't work, the reality is that bings time is limited. He can't go on as he is now for very long...
Today I got the results of his blood work... his albumin is low as well as his protein... and this is the first indication that we are on the right track and this is a liver problem vs. a IBD problem... the reality is that the treatment for IBD was not successful and over the past year we have tried and assortment of treatments to no avail. I am hopeful considering the blood work that we could be on the right track so please keep your fingers and everything else crossed... Bing could certainly use some good vibes. the poor little guy just can't catch a break...
Shalva and the Milbrose Retrievers and Irish Wolfhound