Saturday, September 13, 2014

For the Love of a Spotty Little Dog

As some of you are aware last month Molly has a round of blood work done when the vets were up here.  She had been off her food with bouts of vomiting and diarrhea.  Blood work came back as pretty much normal only her ALT was mildly elevated but her refusing to eat, vomiting and diarrhea was still an issue.  After speaking with her vet, Craig and I decided that she needed to head down to Winnipeg for x-rays and an ultrasound.  A couple of days later my Princess Warrior and I headed south and had an appointment on the 2nd.  After more testing the ultra sound revealed a enlarged and nasty looking pancreas and a couple of days later she was in surgery. She was hooked up to IV and stayed at the hospital from morning until they closed, I got to take her home for the nights.  It was an exploratory surgery and the vet took biopsies of her pancreas and small intestine.  The next day she was not feeling well and just didn't seem right, after an exam it was decided that she had to go under the knife again.  The sub-q layer started to come apart and one of the biopsy sites was leaking a bit.  Yeah, you could say it was a bit stressful.
The histopathology came in yesterday and the diagnosis is: "Histologically normal pancreas and small intestine, but I stress that this result does not rule out pancreatitis."  It was a lot for this 12 year old girl but being the warrior that she is, pulled through and today is doing much better.  We would do anything for this spotty little dog as we would for any of our pets as they are our family.  We arrived back on Wednesday safe and sound and everyday Molly is getting better.
Here she is the day we arrived in Winnipeg - soaking up some sun

Day 1 in the hospital

This was taken in the community garden the day before we left Manitoba

Miss Molly today
We stayed at our friends place, Sandy and Keith, and they looked after us very well.  I needed a bit of a break from the hospital so one day Sandy and I headed over to the Zoo.  I can't remember the last time I visited the zoo in Winnipeg so it was a much needed visit.  We went through the new Arctic exhibit and to tell you the truth it was very strange to see some of the residents in amongst trees.  It is a world class exhibit with plenty of room for all of the animals.  I probably had the most fun at the butterfly gardens.  So much colour not only in the flowers but also the butterflies. 
Monarch butterfly

I call this one Green on Green

Pretty in pink

I fell in love with these colours 
So much colour

This flower had to be at least 12 inches in diameter

Double bees on this sunflower at the community gardens

This beauty came for a visit at Sandy & Keith's

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