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Pucci Update

ShipMaven

Forever Remembered
#1
I was recently told that the condition we've been watching in Pucci's kidneys is Protein-Losing Nethropathy. While it develops slowly, it is a serious issue. We went to see a Specialist this morning. This is the report that I sent to MY doctor - bless him - he's concerned about Pucci because he knows how much Pucci means to me.

Pucci’s ultrasound (I didn’t view the procedure) doesn’t seem to show anything horrible – he’s got some calcification in his kidneys and some striations normal with an older dog, his liver is smallish but looks OK, he has some sludge in his bladder consistent with a dog his age. At this point, the Specialist isn’t going to do a core biopsy – instead, he's changing Pucci's food and adding Omega 3 fatty acid to his meds. We’ll see how Pucci does with that before the necessity for the biopsy – he doesn’t want to put a dog Pucci’s age under anesthesia unless absolutely necessary. YEAY!!! I can return to giving Pucci a little bit of Turkey for lunch (low sodium, no nitrites) – Pucci scarfed it down happily. In fact, the Specialist said it was good to let Pucci have a little bit of protein to make up for what he loses through his kidneys.

Thank you for your concern.
 

JacquieP

Well-Known Member
#4
Whew! Bandit and Cocoa send "feel better" woofs and tail wags! It's nice to see specialists take a conservative approach rather than rushing in to do every invasive procedure in the world. They're jealous about the turkey, but I reminded them that they got little pieces of steak tonight. I KNOW you're relieved!
 

GloBug

Senior Flea Coller Tester
#7
This is very happy news to hear. Prayers do get answered. I am going to run now and tell his cousin the good news.. excuse me...

KIEFER, come here... Auntie Mary Ann says....
 

sage

Well-Known Member
#8
Mary Ann we are all very glad to hear this news about Pucci. I know how hard it is going to be on Pucci to have that bit of turkey. I know that you must be over the moon with the news as well. Prayers continue for Pucci's good health.
 

ShipMaven

Forever Remembered
#10
Thank you so much for your kind comments and sharing my relief at Pucci's report today. He'll have another blood test in about two weeks so we'll know how much the new food and added medicine help him. Pucci was so happy with his little bit of turkey at lunch today and with a few tastes of his new food tonight. I would have hated denying him some turkey on Thanksgiving.

My good mood was tempered tonight when I learned that a good friend had to send her beloved senior cat over Rainbow Bridge this morning. I reminded her that she did a kindness for her 19 year old kitty.

So - today certainly has had its ups and downs.
 

PucciK9

Well-Known Member
#11
WOOFS - thank you all for your prayers and good wishes. I know Mommy was happier today than she expected. Though the Doctor and Techs said something about getting an ultrasound, I know I was getting a tummy rub. I love tummy rubs!

Love,

Pucci
 

KathyC

Well-Known Member
#12
Glad to hear Pucci is doing ok. So hard not to worry as our pets age. I keeping looking at our Yorkie who is over 16yrs old; at times he still runs around like a puppy but just doesn't have the stamina to keep it up for long. Other than that he is in very good shape.
 

ShipMaven

Forever Remembered
#13
Kathy - may your Yorkie continue in good health for years to come. Pucci certainly is not as playful as he used to be, but he surprises me every so often with his oversized stuffed squeaky bone and wants to play.
 

Whimsy

Well-Known Member
#17
Very good news Mary Ann. Zsa Zsa wagged her tell when I told her. I'm glad Pucci is going to get some much loved turkey for a treat. Let's hope the changes keep the old boy humming along.
 

ShipMaven

Forever Remembered
#18
Thank you all so much. I truly appreciate all your kind words.

Not only is Pucci happy to have his turkey back, he seems to LOVE his new food that I must transition to gradually. He actually fed himself - something unheard of! He expects to be hand-fed.:whistle: I hope the new food isn't merely a novelty for him and, importantly, that it will be proper nourishment for him.
 

Charles

Captain Weather
#20
This sounds like good news. I'm glad Pucci likes his new food.

Thanks to Erik for mentioning things about P on the Open House. I wouldn't have looked around for Pucce news.

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