|Pablo (left) and Riley, January 2014|
Last week I took him to the vet for blood work, etc. She suspected a thyroid problem because his symptoms matched hyperthyroidism, or possibly renal failure. All of his blood work and urinalysis came back normal. We then ran the more specific thyroid test and that came back normal too. Thinking this might be a side effect of his medicine we decided to try taking him off it. Within 24 hours of no pill he didn't want to eat, so I thought I try giving the pill every other day and gave him one that night. In the morning he felt better and ate all his meals that day. Skipped the pill that night and by the morning he was throwing up. I could also tell he was starting to itch.
This was Friday, so back to the vet we went because she said to bring him in for a shot if he was itching. I also wanted to talk about what could be going on. She was feeling his belly when I mentioned that since our last visit I wondered if he might have a tumor. She said she was now wondering the same thing, or inflammatory bowel disease. She thought his GI tract felt thickened. An x-ray showed that most of his GI tract was thickened. An ultrasound showed that it didn't look like inflammatory bowel disease, but more like a gastrointestinal cancer.
After shedding some tears, Palbo and I went home. He's back on daily cyclosporine because he does better on it, and she said it could be helping because it's an immune suppressant like chemotherapy and steroids. We're waiting to hear from an oncologist about other possible medications. Although he might not do well with other treatments because he already struggles with his allergies/immune system. Surgery is not an option because it's not really a tumor, it's spread throughout.
|Pablo hanging out in his heated bed this weekend.|