She was very impressed with how Raven looked considering her review of his case and the ER and ultrasound reports 6 weeks ago. 🙂
He has taken another turn for the better yesterday. We have a theory that we think makes sense:
He was doing GREAT last Friday, his bloodwork was normal and we removed the Baytril (he is still on Amoxi antibiotic) as it’s so expensive. His belly distended and he felt worse over the weekend. I put him back on as a last ditch effort on Wednesday and he was better by yesterday (Thurs). So, she thinks that the infection in the liver was never quite kicked, and quickly came back. That’s all.
Regarding the corticorsteroid treatment we’ve had him on (dex), he would always worsen on the 7th day and need another injection. She said that she thinks that is the withdrawal, not his need for it due to the cancer. I’ve been weaning him over the last 1-1/2 weeks wanting to reduce his reliance on it, and he’d gotten so bad last weekend I thought that may be why. She said no, the timing was just a coincidence that I had stopped the antibiotic last weekend, and that I am doing the right thing weaning him off the dex. Not only will it cause weakness (which he has been becoming very weak) it also is immunosuppressive, so that may be why the infection wasn’t quite killed.
SO, I am not giving him any more steroids, yay! He feels great today, back to normal, past the withdrawals, got the infection back under control. WHEW. The last few nights he was having the dreaded night pants and was restless…but last night he slept quiet and soundly again. 🙂
She confirmed that he does have lung mets in the xrays from 6 weeks ago (vets all had differing opinions on that). She would like a new chest xray, which we are doing tomorrow. If the lung mets have progressed, there’s nothing we can really do. But if they haven’t, then she said he’s definitely a candidate for biopsy and treatment of this liver mass, rather than just doing nothing.
Either way whatever the xray shows tomorrow…I’m just happy he feels better, I have some answers and clarity on the drugs…these were my two main prayers!
Here’s Raven doing his happy upside down roll on the rug:
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