Picture taken April 11, 2015
Dada’s Note: Dennis’s last round of tests didn’t find any of the things they were looking for (the “C” word had been mentioned again but has now been pretty definitively ruled out). In this case negative is a good thing. We still don’t really know what caused Dennis’s system to crash in mid-August, but he seems to have finally bounced back from it. He continues to eat his new kibble, and while he hasn’t gained back all the weight he lost, and probably won’t, he is bouncing around in the 45 pound range, which will do. He’s back to shredding cardboard at every opportunity and snorgling the cats when he’s in the mood, so for now, at least, all is well in the animal kingdom here. Well, except for the Madagascar rainbow fish that died a few weeks ago. C’est la vie.
Dada’s note: Dennis has had his visit to the cardiologist and has been declared healthy enough for anesthesia — his left ventricle is actually 5mm smaller than it was before, which is good news — so tomorrow he goes in for the additional testing that will require him to be put under. As of his weigh-in at the cardiologist, Dennis has gained back nearly a pound and a half and is currently at 45.4 pounds, after dropping to a low of 44 pounds. For comparison, Tucker weighed about 38 pounds for most of his life. Of course, Dennis is considerably larger than Tucker was:
Picture taken June 7, 2008
It remains to be seen what the next round of tests tells us, but right now we are cautiously optimistic than Dennis is recovering from his IBD-related crash.
Dada’s not-so-wordless note: Dennis’s appetite appears to be slowly returning, as he continues to eat small servings of boiled white tripe and his new prescription kibble, Ultamino by Royal Canin, a food with a small molecular weight that is supposed to provoke less reaction in dogs with IBD. (Dennis can no longer tolerate his previous prescription kibble.) Ultamino is a fairly new product, and is so out of stock everywhere that even Dennis’s vet couldn’t order it, Chewy and PetFlow didn’t have any, and people were trying to sell it on Amazon for close to $200 for a 19-pound bag. At least the $200 included shipping. Fortunately we managed to scrounge up several 9-pound bags from a couple of local PetSmarts. Dennis’s recheck is this afternoon, after which we will hopefully have a better idea what is going on with him, but for now he does seem to be on the mend from his weekend bout of vomiting, diarrhea, and anorexia.