Earlier this month, our sweet baby girl Maddy started having accidents in the house. Naturally, we thought she was having another tract infection as she is prone to them, and subsequently has had 3 bladder stone surgeries in years past. We brought her in to the vet, had xrays done and were relieved to hear there were no stones in her bladder. The vet drew a sample of urine directly from her bladder to send out for a urinalysis. Couple days later, we got a call saying she had no tract infection, but there were sugar crystals in her urine. With that, we took a trip back to the vet to have blood drawn for a definitive blood glucose level. Turns out her glucose level was over 4 times the maximum that it should be. To complicate the matter, all three enzymes in her liver were extremely elevated, as well as the enzymes in her pancreas. We scheduled her for an ultrasound, but had to wait nearly a week for the traveling tech to come back to their office. With each day, she became more and more lethargic, slowly stopped eating and drinking, and began vomiting. We brought her to the local animal hospital for IV therapy and insulin therapy as she was quickly deteriorating before our eyes. Her ultrasound on Monday showed she has a moderate-severe case of pancreatitis, newly diagnosed/uncontrollable diabetes, and a significantly swollen liver (fortunately, there are no signs of masses or tumors). The tending vet who oversaw the ultrasound recommended intensive care, and we brought her immediately to the regional animal hospital in Lebanon. She is currently in, what they call, their intensive care unit. As of this morning, she is still receiving fluid therapy, an insulin drip, pain medication, and has a gastric tube inserted through her nose (to her stomach) to aspirate fluid buildup in her stomach. This afternoon, they've began feeding her stomach through the tube, as her insulin levels have dropped quite significantly, thanks to the constant drip. Doctors are very optimistic, but have cautioned to the amount of days it will take before they can get her fully stable.
For those of us who live and love with our pups, we hold them dear to our hearts and know they play a vital role in our family packs. Its not until they are gone that we realize just how big of a role they truly play in our lives. Maddy has touched the lives of all who she has met. Whether acting as a support dog to our autistic nephew, to working as a therapy dog with hospice patients, or just your partner in crime who you share the couch with, she has brought nothing but love, happiness and joy. The doctors are not fearing the worst and believe she will overcome this without trouble. My wife as set up a GoFundMe for Maddy's friends and family(https://www.gofundme.com/f/maddy-needs-a-miracle), as our vet bills thus far have cost over $5k.
We are grateful to all who are helping. If nothing else, we are simply asking for thoughts and prayers.
With many thanks..
A & N