This is going to be a really quick one.
Sonny has been ill, and I took him to the vet Saturday morning. Unfortunately he’s worse this morning, and so I’m taking him to the vet the minute they open. I don’t have time to go into details right now, but we’re really scared and worried.
I’ll update when I get back.
9:00 AM Update
Last week Sonny hurt one of his back legs, probably roughhousing with Buckley. He’s done this before, and usually after a day or two of keeping him calm (no small task) he’s just fine. This time, though, it seemed worse than usual as he could put no weight on it.
We were going to take him to the vet because of the leg, but then we noticed a large lump on his back, and both of his front legs were very swollen. He was also bleeding around his gums, which he’s never done before. Of course I took him to the vet straight away, where they did a full blood panel and exam.
Sonny’s blood looked good, with one major exception: his platelet count was zero. He was also running a very high fever.
Sonny’s condition is called Thrombocytopenia. Basically his own immune system is attacking the platelets. This is called Immune-Mediated Thrombocytopenia (IMT). Without platelets, blood can not clot. This is why he’s bleeding from his gums, and why his legs and back are swollen.
Some meds were prescribed, and Sonny seemed to be doing a little better yesterday. This morning when we got up Sonny’s nose was cold and wet (it had been very dry and hot), and he was wagging his tail like crazy. We were so happy!
Within an hour or so of waking up, though, things went south. Sonny would not eat or drink, and he threw up bloody mucous a couple of times. I immediately called the vet, and was there when they opened 20 minutes later.
His platelet count is still zero, and he’s dehydrated. The decision to hospitalize him was made so they can monitor him closely. They’ve got him on an I.V. and are giving him some meds for pain and nausea. The main priority is to get his platelet count back up. To accomplish this, the doctors will start him him on a pretty heavy dose of Prednisone, which will suppress his immune system. Sonny will be at the vet through at least Wednesday, and possibly all week long.
Lisa and I are obviously worried sick. We love Sonny so much, and knowing he’s in pain and scared just kills us both.
I’m trying to stay positive, but 2016 has been one hell of a year so far.
Thanks for all the kind words and support.