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.
Video taken August 3, 2013
Dada’s Note: Dennis is still (mostly) willing to eat his new prescription kibble, though he no longer wants tripe of any kind, fresh or canned. At his last weigh-in he had lost another pound. The consensus is that he is still not responding to his IBD treatment the way he should. There are also indications that his heart murmur has worsened again. Next Tuesday he goes in for a cardiac recheck, and if he’s deemed healthy enough for anesthesia, he will be going in for some imaging and a few other tests a few days after that, to see if there’s something else going on that we should know about.