Dog days…

After a ridiculous amount of time in and out of the vet’s office, tests, retests, and the some more tests, the results are somewhat less conclusive than I would have hoped. The bottom line is this: Despite higher than normal protein levels in her urine, there doesn’t appear to be anything physically wrong with Maggie. She’s behaving normally and has no ill effects in terms of kidney, liver, or heart function. The phrase the vet used this morning was that it seemed likely that Maggie just has “an unusually high baseline on these tests.” I’m pretty sure that’s veterinary medicine’s way of saying the numbers aren’t right, but we have no idea why, but I let the nice vet off the hook without asking too many questions. As long as my pup is in good health and not from something causing long term damage, I’m content to leave well enough alone.

For now, I’m going to do some tinkering what her food and retry all these tests in six months to see if anything has changed. It’s not exactly the clean bill of health I usually look for from the vet, but at this point, but it seems like as good a negotiated settlement as I’m likely to get this time around. I’m mostly just pleased that we were able to rule out most of the worst case scenarios. Even so, this last week has been a bothersome reminder that I’m the single parent to two middle-aged children now. Neither one of them are pups anymore, regardless of how I still think of them in my own head. I’m not sure I like that at all.

2 thoughts on “Dog days…

  1. My goodness, that would have been equally or even more frustrating for the vet treating your pooch. Unfortunately in medicine, there is no black & white answers and usually we are in the grey zone. On the bright side, you did rule out many different diagnosis. Please never feel like you should refrain from asking your vet questions, you have every right to do so. Sometimes your vet may say: ‘I don’t know the answer’ and you have to accept that! I always recommend a second vet opinion if you have a bad gut feeling about your pet’s health. I often get my colleagues second opinions about challenging cases.
    One of my dogs is almost 8 years old and it freaks me out sometimes when I realise he is aging!!!
    Wishing your furry children the best of health…

  2. Thanks for the feedback, Rayya. It’s always interesting to get some perspective from the other side of the exam table. As long as she’s not in pain or showing any signs of trouble, I’m not overly worried about her. When she stops bouncing off the walls like a lab, I’ll know there’s a real problem!

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