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.
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.