*big sigh of relief*
Soooooo, we went into a different Vet Clinic altogether, and I gotta tell you, in the very first minute of walking in that place, I just had a peace and a calm – and I have to say everyone was very involved and concerned and treated me with the utmost respect and courtesy. You can just tell, they CARE!
I had a paper of everything with dates and stuff, as well as with my questions and concerns, and The Vet took his time with me, answered every question and gave Gus a VERY thorough exam. Really put me at ease.
So! The news we got from this visit… Upon physical examination, with a lotta feeling and massaging and stuff (Gus liked that), he says everything’s good there.
About the urination thing… He said it could be that Gus just doesn’t wanna go when I want him to go, based on color of his urine and how I described everything. But he is concerned to rule out kidney stones, liver and adrenal issues. Gus’s heart and breathing sounded “great” (and you know what?! Gus really LIKED this Vet!! No shaking.)
He looked over Gus’s old medical records, talked to me in depth...
As for the tests that were done, they did a urinalysis with a “dip stick”, a cystocentesis for urine for cultures, drew blood for testing for Valley Fever, Tick Fever (one thing he said he’s a little concerned about because it’s pretty common in Phoenix), a CBC, some other panels for kidney, liver, pancreas functions… They also did an abdominal ultrasound that showed a healthy looking bladder and kidneys.
The Vet told me that the dip stick results were a little concerning because his Specific Gravity was low, which is not normal for a dog that doesn’t drink water throughout the day, and lives in AZ. I can’t explain it too well, but I take it you would understand.
The Vet didn’t seem to concerned with Gus’s groaning/breathy whimpers, I guess because he didn’t exhibit any pain with the “hands on” exam. But he did say we’ll all try to figure that out. That it could be him getting older and talking a lot, especially being the only pet now.
Also, the reason Gus’s pupils are different sizes, because he’s “wall eyed”, the opposite of being cross-eyed…
His mouth looked good post dental and the gum where the extractions were is healing nicely. The Vet did confirm that Gus did NOT get IV fluids during the dental that happened at the other clinic, otherwise he’d have a shaved patch on his forearm/leg.
He did say that that’s pretty likely contributed to, and possibly aggravated whatever situation Gus is in.
What else… Oh yeah, the food I’m feeding him, along with the chicken and “gravy” thing I’m doing “is real good”. He did say I should try to wean him down to just kibble ideally, but once these little guys get to know the “wonders of people food”, it can be near impossible to get them to just kibbles.
Well, I hope the tests come back good and we get answers too. I’m so exhausted. I was told that my concerns were/are absolutely founded. It's one time I'm happy I trusted my gut...
Oh! And his potty habits are improving as of last night!
Thank you for helping me in this, to help better understand everything.