Monday, April 25, 2011


I am approaching 29 weeks already. I can't believe how fast time is flying. The c-section has been scheduled, mom and dad have booked their flights and while there are still quite a few things I still need, I do have everything that's important to have in the first week.

Of course now things are starting to go awry elsewhere in my life. Mainly with my beloved dog. I rescued her on my birthday almost 6 years ago (it'll be 6 years in two weeks) so she's somewhere between 7-8 years old. I took her for her annual physical and all her shots this weekend and the vet informed me that she's obese. Now, I know she's overweight and it's been a battle we have struggled with for years, but she just seems to be putting weight on no matter what I do. Special foods, no goodies, NEVER table scraps, more exercise (although not as much as I'd like her to have) and she still adds on a few pounds every year to where she's now about 10-15 lbs overweight. This vet (new to the practice) ran some bloodwork and one of her liver enzymes came back through the roof indicating some kind of liver disease. I am devastated. I know it's early and I have to take her to the vet in the morning for some more tests, but I just can't help feeling so scared and unbelievably sad. I keep trying to tell myself that there's a good chance that whatever it is, we caught it early and hopefully it will be treatable, but I can't bear the thought of losing my fur-baby.

Then there's the money issue. I spent $650 for all the shots, the check up, the bloodwork and her heartworm preventative this weekend and will incur another $300 tomorrow for the tests. Then she will likely need an ultrasound sometime this week which the vet said will run another $400 if they don't have to do anything else. Ironic that I tried to get doggie insurance last year and the insurance denied her coverage because they thought something in her bloodwork was off. At the time the vet's office brushed it off and said it wasn't abnormal or anything to be concerned about. I have been so upset all day and I know it's NOT good for the baby. ~sigh~ it's always something going haywire in life. Things can't ever be easy can they?


  1. Oh, I'm so sorry! Hopefully you did catch it early, like you said, and there is a treatment (that wont break the bank). Take it easy, and give your pup some extra loving (no doubt you are)!

  2. When it rains, it pours... I'm so sorry your beloved little dog is not 100%. Pets are such a big part of the family - I'd be feeling scared and sad too. Whatever it turns out to be, I'm hopeful there's a quick and inexpensive treatment to get her back to herself.
    ~big hug~

  3. I am hoping it is something easy to fix. A good dog food is also a good idea once things clear up - my dog eats Blue and been good to him. Hoping things clear up soon and you can relax.

  4. Ask about milk thistle. When my older dog (he was 11 or so at the time) had elevated counts related to his liver, the doc had me get it from GNC. When they retested, it was fine (as it was in his last batch and he's almost 15). I can't believe how much most vets charge - it's robbery. I hope it all works out!!