ON TEMPORARY MEDICAL HOLD!
I am tiny and as sweet as can be… but my tummy hurts.
I am 5 years old and have lived with my family since I was a baby. I have been having lots of tummy issues lately and no one could figure out why.
I heard on the dogvine that there is this amazing place called rescue and they have this beautiful lady they call Doctor Larsen.
I told my family that I would like to meet Doc and tell her about my tummy so she can help me. My family agreed, so I packed my bags and headed to rescue.
A couple of people picked me up today to take me to their house to get settled. They told me they would take care of me for a few days and then they would take me out to meet Doc.
I am so excited and can’t wait to update everyone soon.
2/2/21 Update: We knew she was having some digestive tract problems, which is why she was surrendered. We know a little more now.
She has what appear to be gallstones on X-rays. She also has some fatty pockets in her intestines, fluid in her belly that is quite distended and several of her lab values are off.
All of this indicates a possibility of Addison’s disease or a problem with the adrenal glands. Her protein values are very low, which can cause the cells to leak fluid, hence the fluid in the abdomen.
Dr. Larsen called MedVet and went over everything with one of their internists. The staff there wants to see Lola Grace ASAP, and thankfully, we’ll be able get her in today, Feb. 2
Keep this sweet girl in your thoughts and prayers.
2/5/21 Update: Foster girl Lola Grace is looking pretty in her new harness and ready for her upper gastrointestinal endoscopy today. This will allow the clinical staff to get biopsies and check for underlying issues, like inflammation, lymphoma or infectious disease. They have ruled out Addison’s disease. Thank you all for allowing us to care for this little nugget. Please keep her in your thoughts.
2/7/21 Update: MedVet had to keep her overnight for observation. Because her protein was so low, they gave her a transfusion of albumin, which took until about 10 p.m., and then she was resting comfortably.
Her scope revealed some grave concerns. There were numerous abnormalities in her small intestines. The villi are the hair-like fibers that help move the waste along and her’s are much too hard, blunt, red and hemorrhagic.
This could be inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). We have had a few dogs with this, but nothing that approaches this severe. If it is IBD, it can be treated with a low-fat diet, B-12 and prednisone.
The biopsies should be back by the end of the week and lymphoma can’t be ruled out yet. It also could be a fungal infection, histoplasmosis, which can be very difficult to treat and even fatal.
2/11/21 Update: Lola Grace is a complete angel. You can’t look at her without falling in love. Even though we know she isn’t feeling great, she is always happy and super sweet. Lola is resting up in her foster home until we receive her results back later this week from her big specialist visit.