Bad news is getting me down this morning. My little shadow, Sam, seems to have liver disease. His check-up two weeks ago showed his liver enzymes were in the 700s. Normal is under 120 and last year his liver enzymes were 48. The doctor took him off of one of his medicines and ordered a re-test in two weeks. Yesterday, his liver enzymes had gone up to 1100.
The doctor says it could be chronic active hepatitis, a liver tumor, or gallbladder disease. They'll need to run further tests to find out. None of those is good news for a 13-year-old dog.
Still, he's acting fine -- to the doctor's surprise -- and he doesn't seem to be suffering at all. He should be throwing up, refusing to eat, and lethargic. We seem to have caught it early and maybe something can be done to help him. I'm trying to be hopeful. :) See, he doesn't look sick. I just took these pictures a few minutes ago.
|Sam investigating the back yard.|
|Sam is ready to come inside.|
|Sam is vigilant for squirrels.|