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June 19th, 2012 · 6 Comments · Uncategorized

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A bit of relief tonight at Bubba’s follow-up, at last!

Kidney function tests were within normal limits, but the constant drinking water and peeing is not getting any better.  Possible reasons include: behavioral issues with adjusting to changes, underlying kidney stress (early dysfunction), or medication.  The only medication he is on is synthroid, which is new as of 2 weeks ago.  Apparently, appropriate thyroid levels in the blood are difficult to determine.  Too little causes fatigue, weight gain and compromises healing/immunity.  This is where Bubba started, which makes sense since he tires easily, has gained 20 lbs over the last year, and had complications with healing & infection after the last 2 surgeries.  Tonight, I learned that too much thyroid hormone can cause issues, one of which is excess thirst!  This could explain his new love of water and peeing in the house!  I sure hope this is the cause.

He needs to be on the current dose for 1 more week to accurately assess the dosage in his blood.  He will have bloodwork next Thursday to measure the level of thyroid hormone in his blood.  After that, the dosage could be reduced. Until then, it’s going to be a bit messy.  He is not happy to be sent in quarantine in the kitchen during the work day, but….it’s temporary.

Other than that, he got a good report.  Almost all the staples are out and the small area where the infection was is still healing and sutured.  He is moving around great and doing his “crazy time.” Crazy time is a special exercise for Bubba and entertainment for the whole family!  He lays belly up with all paws in the air and snaps/growls at the carpet upside down!  When I saw crazy time make it’s post-amp debut, I knew my Bubba was going to be OK!

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