Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Ike's a Good Boy

Ike's a good boy.



















He's very quickly found a place in our home and hearts (even Kelly's!).

Last week I wrote about Ike's slow heart rate. The vet taught me how to take his pulse and I take it every few days...sometimes it's 50 beats/minute, but recently it's been around 80. I find that encouraging!

But at his last appointment, blood work also revealed a few more problems. He's anemic. His red blood count was low on our first visit, and it went down even more after a few weeks. New red blood cells are not being generated. So we have to do more testing, bloodwork, maybe ultrasound etc to see if we can find what is wrong. There are many possibilities. One possibility is leukemia. We just won't know for a while.















On the plus side, Ike gained 1-1/2 pounds since our last visit. He's still more than 15 lbs underweight, but it's good that he can gain.

Tests showed no tick-borne illness but the vet started him on a course of antibiotics just in case. Maybe there is some mysterious illness and the antibiotic will clear it all up. It's tough to think that dear Ike may be very ill. But for now he is asymptomatic. He runs, chases his tennis ball, takes long walks, eats heartily, and sleeps on our bed. We just take it one step at a time, thinking positive, praying and trusting. And giving him lots of love.

























Ike's a good boy.




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15 comments:

  1. He's a sweetie. You have the right plan - give him lots of love..and treats and a high-five from SlimDoggy Jack.

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  2. Roxanne @ Champion of My HeartOctober 16, 2013 at 10:30 AM

    Oh, man! This news is tough. To face potentially something scary so soon? Just awful. Ike is indeed a very good boy. I hope his blood work starts looking better soon.

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  3. He looks like such a sweetheart! The fact that he gained some weight sounds good! Hope you get good news. Keeping our fingers crossed here!

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  4. Poor baby. I hope he gets some weight on soon and you find out exactly what's going on so it can be treated. Keeping my fingers and Titan's paws crossed all turns out good!

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  5. What a cutie. We hope that his blood work comes out ok and that he will continue to improve.

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  6. Thank you Jenn. We are hoping too!

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  7. Thank you and give Titan a big hug for me. Ike may just rally and be a fighter!

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  8. Thank you Jackie. It's stressful when our pets aren't well, we just have to keep watch and hope the vet can help.

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  9. Thank you. I know you know the heartbreak and the roller coaster. Hoping all is well in your home too.

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  10. Great recipe--especially the treats! Ike sends a high five back. He'd love to play with Jack!

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  11. Ike is an adorable boy!

    Stop on by for a visit

    Kari

    http://dogisgodinreverse.com/

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  12. Christine SterlingOctober 17, 2013 at 9:29 AM

    Oh poor boy. Give him hugs and love from us - we will say prayers.

    Monty and Harlow

    http://howsamseesit.blogspot.com/

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  13. Thank you to you, Monty and Harlow so much. Prayers are welcome :)

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  14. Ike, you are a good boy! By the way, I mentioned you on my post today :) Thanks again for the prize!

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