Dec 18, 2009

Lucie Update: Another Doctor

By Monday Lucie refused eat dog food of any kind so we have moved to people food. Low fat ground meats and rice or mini noodles. After speaking with her specialist we have stopped the Tetracycline and niacinamide because he said of side effect could be loss of appetite. I was told that once she starts eating well to get her back on dog food and then we will start the same meds again but slow this time.

My concern is that she is not much better since we started all of this. We are almost at 2 months into her not feeling well and I have been worried that something is being missed. So, he sent us to an internal medicine specialist. We went to see Ms. Pickens today at Veterinary Medicine Specialists in Grapevine, TX. If any of our readers is familiar with this doctor or this place I would love to talk to you.

My first impression, EXPENSIVE! You can always tell by the look of the building and then the decor of the lobby. Ms. Pickens examined Lucie and didn't find anything out of the ordinary except that her back lymph nodes are a little enlarged. Today they did blood work which was all normal. They took a sample from the lymph node and although she didn't find anything glaring she wanted to send it to the pathologist to review. She did find something abnormal from the urine test which she said could be leading to something so they are doing an additional urine protein test.

The doctor pretty much talked circles around me. I maybe understood every 5th word she said. Basically, I don't know any more now than I did before the appointment. I am glad that her blood work was normal, especially for the liver and kidneys. Hopefully these two additional tests will not show anything major. She did throw cancer and Addison's Disease around so I pray that it is neither of those. The doctor did give me a list of additional tests with costs that they want do if anything is suspect in these results.

Neither Lucie or I got a warm and fuzzy feeling from this staff. The doctor had not reviewed any of her information that had been provided before the appointment. Since they were only doing blood work and those two other tests which didn't take long, I chose to stay with Lucie in the waiting room for the results instead of putting her through the stress of being alone in a strange kennel. They didn't like this much but my first concern is Lucie's happiness. If that means me sitting with her in the waiting room so she can relax, so be it. As always, she made some new friends that were visiting the clinic.

Lucie relaxing in the waiting room.

Hailey was very happy to see Lucie come home!
She has been watching over her this afternoon.

Lucie's report from today.

Additional Results

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Ruby Bleu said...

My paws are crossed that everything comes out OK and thank dogness Hailey is watching over Lucie!

Lots of Licks, ruby (and Michele)

Kane said...

We are thinking of Lucie and keeping her in our thoughts. I can certainly understand your thoughts on the doctor. The oncologist we were referred to when Domi's cancer was discovered was nice but it was like he spoke another language. I got to the point where I just put my faith (and money) in him and hoped he knew what was best for her. I didn't understand any thing he said about the cancer or the treatment. We at least got a couple of years with her that we might not have so it was worth it. Hopefully you'll have a diagnosis and a treatment soon.

~Domi's girl

caboval said...

Oh Lucie! We want you to feel better!!!! Can you google that Drs name and see if there any reviews? Thats what we would do! Our paws are still crossed for you and we love you Lucie! Hugs Joey and Kealani

BJ Roan said...

Well, I had hoped Lucie would be feeling better by now. I'm saying lots of prayers. Pats to Lucie.

Bandit's Pack said...

We were so hoping to hear some good news the next time you posted about Lucie and that we'd hear she had turned a corner and was feeling herself. I'm sorry you're having to go through this, and particularly Lucie. Hailey is always right there to lend her support and be a little nurse. We hope you get some definitive answers soon.

Raising Addie said...

Hi Caboval!
That was the first thing that I did when I got the Doctors name but I didn't come up with much. I'll keep looking though and try some different search engines.

Thank you sooo much for your support!!


Tibby said...

I sure hope that things with Lucie are figured out soon! We pray that it's nothing serious so you can all enjoy a happy and healthy holiday together!
:) Tibby

Amber and Nala said...

OMD...I can'ty believe this is dragging on so long! Poor Lucie and you guys for having to wait and see your sweetie not feeling well. :( We really hope they figure this thing out so she can feel better.

Thinking of you,
Nala & Amber

The Animal Doctor said...

We are praying that Lucie gets well soon.

Hugs and kisses to Lucie.


River said...

We are crossing our paws for Lucie! It's so hard and scary not knowing. My mom hates more than anything when we refuse to eat.

love & wags,

Lorenza said...

Sure you did not get a very good impression from that Vet place.
My mom says she understand you. She always want to know the a-b-c of issues!
I have my paws crossed for Lucie!
Kisses and hugs

Khyra The Siberian Husky And Sometimes Her Mom said...

We are sorry to see Lucie hasn't been improving -

AND that the specialist didn't not give you a good feeling -

Mom and I are inkhlined to say trust your instinkhts on that one - there have to be other ones -

We'll give all of woo in our thoughts -

PeeEssWoo: Do not get khompletely undone by the Addisons potential diagnosis - My pal Holly's Sammie brofur has it - once it was found to be what was khausing his issues, he's done inkhredibly well!

Maggie and Mitch said...

We so want Lucie to feel better!
You are such a wonderful sissy to her, Hailey!

Love ya lots,
Maggie and Mitch

Tom, Tama-Chan, Sei-Chan, Yuu-Chan said...

The most important thing is for you to find out exactly where the problem lies and what can be done about it. We fail to understand, however, why some vets don't seem to feel hat being kind is part of their job...

From all your friends at
The Poupounette

Hoover said...

We are very sad to hear that Lucie is still not well.

I am a bit of a professional at going to the vet. I do not like what you describe of this place.

I asked my human but we do not know anything of Texas so the thought is is there a University nearby that has a vet school? This might be a good place to take Lucie where the Drs. will be more concerned with learning than impressing.

Lots of Battery Powered Love,

Paco,Milo, Maya and mommy Simona said...

dear dear dear dear friends....
We're sooooooooooooooo sad hearing not so good news from Lucie....
Poor baby....
And we can't imagine your pain looking her not feeling well!!!!
Staci...we're praying for your girl every day.....
Can I show Lucie's tests to my Vet????
he's one of the best Vet here in Italy....maybe he could have some answer for you!!!!
Mmmmmmmmmmmm......your new Vet didn't give you a good impression...I hate when Vet or Doc aren't "sweet"...but are Icy!!!!!
And you done the best thing staying close to your baby while waited the results!!!!
I would do the same thing!!!!
Hope he could give you a diagnosis for Lucie!!!
She and you all deserve a wonderful Christmas!!!
We would love To be there with you giving support and love in this difficult moment!!!
Pleaseeeeeeeeee...remember we're here for you!!!
And you're a special part of our family!!!!
Tons of love and kisses!!!

L^2 said...

we hope things get figured out and Lucie is feeling better soon. *hugs*

Also, thank you so much for the pawsome holiday card! We’re having lots of fun getting to know other DWB members.

Happy holidays!

Love and lots of licks,
Stella and Leader Dog Willow

Sagira said...

Poor Lucie...I wish she could talk and tell you what is wrong. All of this guessing and wondering must be killing you. :(

An English Shepherd said...

Sorry to read that Lucie is unwell.

Hope she gets better soon


The OP Pack said...

We are so sorry that this is still an issue for Lucie. We were going to tell you what Khyra said, Addison's isn't a horrible thing - it can be controlled by medication. Do you have access to a veterinary university near you at all? That is another good source for veterinary care by the best. They often seem to be able to find the answers that seem so elusive to others. Paws crossed and prayers for some good news for that little sweetheart.

Hugs, the OP Pack

Frankie said...

Oh, Lucie. What is wrong with you? It must be frustrating to be a dog sometimes.

Our Christmas wish for you is that Lucie gets all better! Just some idea of what the problem is would be nice, huh?

Thinking of you guys - and we love the pictures of Hailey watching over Lucie. It's so sweet. She is clearly in good hands (and paws).

Sunny,Scooter,Shamus&Jamie said...

We too are sorry. I say go with your gut on your feeling about the vet. Sorry I am not familiar with that one. If it was me, I would try to get a referral from your regular vet to Texas A&M's clinic.(If this does not start resolving itself very soon) It isn't that far a drive and is where I will go if ever I feel I have to find an answer for one of my pup's. Hopefully she'll get a Christmas Miracle and be on the mend soon. We will pray and howl to heaven for her.
The dogtur we use went to A&M and stays in contact with alot of folks down there. Maybe a visit with him,(his website can be accessed if you click on "our dogtur" on the bloggy sidebar) taking all results you have and see what he thinks? Email me if you want to discuss it. Don't want to give phone number on here.

Becky said...

Just droppin by from Andrea's blog. Your dogs are gorgeous. Wishing Lucie the very best and praying she gets better soon. You might want to check with Nancy at about that vet clinic. She lives in the area.

Huskee and Hershey said...

That Hailey is a sweetie!! Keeping paws crossed that eevrything will be ok..

Sending you our warmest wishes for a MeRRy ChRisTmAs and a joyous NeW YeAr!!

Happy Howlidays...

Huskee and Hershey

Autumn the maltese said...

Stop by to wish u a Merry Christmas and a wonderful holiday =D
May the Christmas bring you lots of happiness and health.

Autumn & Mom

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